The film adaptation of Stephanie Meyers book The Host will be hitting theatres soon (I don't know exactly when, but I assume soon because people are talking about it on the social media sites). And seeing a Twitter page about it this morning made me realize something.
I just don't get the attraction.
I tried to read The Host. I really did. My daughter loves the book and I hadn't read anything by Stephanie Meyers yet, so I sat down and made a concerted effort to read it. And I managed to slog through about a third of that paperweight before I finally gave up. The Kid said I was almost to where it starts to get good. A third of the way through and it starts to get good?
I thought we writers were supposed to make sure it 'got good' in the first few pages. Hook the reader and then keep them hooked all the way through the book. Right? Am I missing something?
Now, I have nothing against Ms. Meyers. She's wildly popular and that's awesome. Someday I hope to glean a bit of the popularity for myself. And I have nothing against the book itself. It wasn't for me. And the reading of it was long enough ago that I don't remember exactly what turned me off... unsympathetic characters perhaps? :shrug: I just didn't get into it.
And that's the way this writing biz goes sometimes. Some people love you and some people don't. Hell, that's the way life goes. And that's okay.
I'm still trying to figure out why anyone in their right minds would willingly read James Joyce. :shudder: Or why the public school system feels the need to force feed Catcher in the Rye to impressionable minds. (As an aside, I loved the fact that in Conspiracy Theory, the government uses Catcher in the Rye to brainwash their assassins and then uses it to track them - because they've all got a compulsion to buy the book wherever they are.)
But I digress.
Maybe the popularity of The Host was based on the public's love of the Twilight books. (Still haven't tried reading one of those. I saw parts of a couple of the movies and... meh.) :shrug: The reading public wants what it wants. And I'm guessing I'm not in the majority.
And for the record, I never got the people's love for Gone With the Wind either (the movie, not the book - which I haven't read yet either).
Don't mind me. I'm just rambling this morning. What about you, though? If you've read The Host, what am I missing? Is there some other book or movie that's popular but you just don't get why? On the other hand, is there some book or movie you just love never became wildly popular, and you don't understand why?
(Play nice, folks. Saying you didn't like something is fine as long as you don't get nasty about it. And no arguments in the comments, folks. We'll just agree to disagree and keep those disagreements to ourselves, eh?)