Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Host Gets Its First Trailer!

I'm totally psyched about this one, because The Host is probably my second favorite book of all time, only behind Pride and Prejudice. I own it in ebook, paperback and hardcover, and I've re-read it about three times since finishing it the first time. So when I saw that there was a trailer I was ecstatic. I've been waiting, and waiting and waiting and waiting, for years for anything The Host. I am excited for the movie. I'd be more excited for a sequel... But a movie will do.

For now, at least.

I love the attention The Host seems to be getting, but in all honesty, they JUST started filming. Did it really need a trailer just yet?

Probably not.

Seems they're starting the overhyping bit early with this one. I mean, really, it seems kind of ridiculous. Which is sort of, in a strange way, why it doesn't bother me. It might start to as the release date gets closer, but for now, I find the hype behind The Host to be kind of amusing.

So now after watching the trailer, what do you think of it?

It's too early to have any real footage from the movie, so it was a graphics heavy teaser. But I sort of liked it more than if it were full of my favorite scenes.

The teaser trailer for The Hunger Games, which premiered during the VMA's last year, was just Katniss running through the forest in the Arena. It showed us nothing, but people went crazy over it. It started the hype that has been smothering the movie, which was released this weekend.

The Host might be preemptively releasing a teaser, but compare it to The Hunger Games teaser for a second. The Host used a quick, graphics heavy format. They were down and dirty with it to the point it almost looks fan made. Except for Saoirse Ronan. (Btw I totally love the way they made her eye look just like the cover of the book!)

But back to my point. The Host teaser uses pictures of regular people, eyes glowing silver, but still. The pictures could be of anyone, anywhere. Because in the book/movie the entire Earth is taken over by the Souls. Even though it might not seem like the best way to go, especially for a movie that's likely to be a big deal when it releases in 2013, I still feel like they were keeping it real. They didn't even make a big deal about releasing the trailer. They didn't give us some big budget teaser to impress us. And that I appreciate. Because to me, The Host isn't about big budgets and CGI and ridiculously epic romance. It's about the grit and the dirt and the people trying to survive in our world after its not ours anymore.

I was actually very impressed by The Host's director Andrew Niccol's last film, In Time. It was so much better than I had expected it to be. I've also seen his movie Gattaca, but it was a long time ago and I don't remember most of that movie.

Anyway, my whole point is that I'm counting on Andrew Niccol to make The Host even half as good as it was the first time I read it. If he can pull that off he will forever be a god in my eyes. If he can't, well, I'll still watch the movie, multiple times, but I'll feel hallow inside. So I hope he does my favorite book some justice. And please, please, please! I don't mind guerrilla tactic advertising and hyping for The Host, but please don't let them turn it into a Hunger Games type hype. I can't even hear someone say the words Hunger Games any more without cringing, even though I love those books and enjoyed the movie.

So what do you think? Too soon for a teaser trailer? Are they going to drive you insane with all the hype and advertising? Or do you think they can draw a crowd without selling out the soul (Ha! Okay that was cheesy.) of the book we love so much?

By the way, if you have a Get Glue account (and even if you don't you should totally make one because it's awesome!) check into The Host for the sticker. I was so excited when I saw that it already had one!


  1. Hi Thanks for sharing, I didn't even know they started to film it! The music sounds like Twilight... LOL Anyway, I enjoy the book so I'm eager to see the movie!

  2. I am one of The Host's biggest fans because it is my favourite book of all time and that trailer had my heart racing! I'm sure the teaser trailer and the actual trailer will have an even bigger impact on me, the whole thing about that video was epic! Dramatic music always has an effect on me. Is Saoirse Ronan going to be Wanderer? And if she is, doesn't she look a little young?

    1. Saoirse Ronan is going to play Wanderer and she does look young doesn't she?! Especially in that teaser. I can only imagine they'll rough her up a bit and have her looking a little more worn out in the movie which should make her look a little older though. So, I guess we'll see, but I do love that they cast her as Mel/Wanda! I think if anyone can pull off the difficult job of acting two roles at once, it's her!

  3. I can't wait!! Just 1 year to wait :)


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