The Host Signing—The Phoenix Report

Last night Stephenie had a signing at her favorite bookstore, Changing Hands.  If you are ever in the Phoenix area, Changing Hands is a must visit. It’s an independent bookstore that is like no independent bookstore I’ve ever seen with an excellent selection of books, New Age items, adjacent to a cafe, and best of all a knowledgeable staff! If you can’t make it to one of Stephenie’s signings, Changing Hands carries autographed copies of all her books, and they ship worldwide.

Make sure you check out the signing report so there aren’t duplicate questions at Stephenie’s signings later this week.  It’s great to see Twilight fans crossing-over into The Host, but let’s give The Host some love of its very own with fan inspired tee shirts, hats, face painting, etc. Alphie and I want to feature your Host love on the Lexicon later this week when we are in Salt Lake City. Publishers Weekly also featured it in a recent article.

Now on to the signing report via adrienne

Summary of Phoenix Signing for The Host!

It was an amazing 80 degrees and cloudy in Phoenix today. Why is this amazing? It’s May and we didn’t need to run the air in our cars; it’s unheard of!  It was so balmy; Flagstaff (ski resort) actually received 4 inches of snow.  That never happens in May.  It was also overcast so I am sure it made the vampires happy!

We started up to a Local High School Marcos De Neza for the signing.  We arrived around 3:30 and there was a line already.  The doors open at 5 and the Question and Answer started at 6.    The line wrapped around the High School and there were a fair few with t-shirts from the various web sites (Lexicon, Twilight Moms, His Golden eyes).  Some where home made.  I was worried I would be one of the oldest members in the crowd but I wasn’t.  There was a nice selection of people in their teens, 20’s, 30’s and 40’s.  There were even a few great grand moms that have read the book and were waiting for the signing to begin!

As we were waiting for Stephenie, I took a few pictures of the crowd.  It was packed.  The auditorium even filled up on the very top bleachers.

As we waited, everyone was super friendly and we actually made some new friends. They were mother and daughter and super excited for the signing.  We exchanged numbers to meet up and the Breaking Dawn Part in August!

The announcer came out and asked us to sing Happy Birthday to Rob.  I have a short video of that.  It got a little crazy and everyone was super excited when his name was mentioned!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQOECH9EvdQ 

It’s short only because it got super loud and everyone started to squeeze in so I got bumped a little bit.

Stephenie came out and the crowd was so loud; it was a proper Phoenix welcome!  She looked so pretty and so nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XwVcsKl-gA

As the rest of the signings, we were lucky to fill our white cards for questions and submit them for review.  Since Stephenie said her publicist wasn’t there to keep her under wraps, she pulled more then normal!

 

The Host questions


So Stephenie started her responses with a good question. Did you have a plan the way it (The Host) ended or did you change your mind several times?

She replied that she did have a plan but it change, and that change was Jared (I am summarizing her but I attached the video clip) She said that Jared was the original love interest however, he got on her last nerves being so inflexible (the audience laughed, it was pretty funny). Jared just would not bend. At this point she told us those of us that haven’t read the book to cover our ears and no one did (most people had read the book already which is great!) She stated that Ian was much more caring and compasionate and he changed the book.

This was the question I submitted (sort of).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fauWVo2tEo “You write a lot about the color of eyes, whether they be black, golden, silver, etc., why do you write them so many colors”

(I paraphrased here, it was hard to hear and the video didn’t capture the whole question). Her answer was she believes that the eyes are the windows of the soul and you can tell when someone is being sincere or caring and it is a way to weight people of their value http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EIkxwmzFYQ

The next question that was asked was a reference to Aliens (souls) being mixed up with the Jim’s and the Pam’s, was this reference to the Office?

Stephenie confirmed this was a reference and a fair few people clapped.

This question has been answered during a few other signings. Are you inspired by the people you know and do they become characters in the book?

She made a reference to Jeb and how much she loved him. Out of all the voices, his was the clearest. She also mentioned Doc reminded her of her brother Seth; being tall and very caring. She gave him props running her web site.

Was The Host co-authored? It looks like it might have been from your website?

The answer was that their might have been some confusion from the website. There were no co-authors but a collaboration of stories from “Prom Dates from Hell”. There was some confusion because of the way it had looked on her website. 

What was your favorite world to create in The Host?

The reply was the Planet of the Bats or signing world. She liked how the bats could fly and how they had music

Then someone came prepared and had a TYPED question. It was pretty complicated and the question was about Stephenie stopping in the middle of writing Twilight and started in on The Host. I attached her answer and it’s a nice, long one! Why is the book called The Host and not The Soul since it mostly takes placed from the Soul’s point of view?

Stephenie’s answer was because it was this host that changes the souls and has the deepest impact on her lives and changed everything. Also because the book is from the Soul’s perspective.

Who would be some of the actresses and actors today that you would like to see play the characters from The Host? (

Question has been asked at a few signings) Matt Damon as Jared. According to Stephenie, if you want to get things done, Matt is your man (I have video of this, but you can hear myself and my friend do the “Matt Damon” reference from a movie and then we start to giggle. Too embarrassing to give you the video and that we are super geeks. I want to keep it a secret that I am a super geek. She mentioned James McAvoy as Ian. The crowd went a little nuts on this suggestion. She had no clue who could even try to play Mel. It would be too hard to be both Wanderer and Mel and try to convey that on the screen that you have two voices in your head. She would like to see a screen writer try though!

How much influence on Twilight Move did you have?

She answered that she did go over the script with them a few times. She asked them to change some “potentially retarded things” (audience laughed, it was hysterical). Stephanie told us she looked at them (screen writers) and said “Really? That could not possibly happen” .  She did specify that after seeing the trailer (all the girls went crazy when she mentioned the trailer) and a few more scenes we don’t have access to (lucky girl!) that the movie has a sense of what it should be. The feeling of tension between Edward and Bella, they got it right. Sounds like a good endorsement!

There was a rumor that Stephenie said at one time if they cast someone else besides the Bella, who Stephenie though was perfect (I believe it was Emily Browning it was hard to hear) that she would jump off a building.

Again, we all laughed at this. Her response was that no, what she really meant was that if they cast some horrible “it” actress/singer that wasn’t good and just to drawl in the crowds, she would jump off a building. She stated that she felt they didn’t do that with any of the characters.

Now at this point in the video I took, you can hear my friend ask “who was she thinking, Brittany Spears? And I start to giggle because she did have a point. No one heard it but us but it steps on Stephenie a little bit with her talking. Do you plan on finishing Midnight Sun (Ya, where is that darn book?)

She stated it was her next project and that if she didn’t finish it, people would kill her. We all start clapping which is ironic that we agree with her to finish it or that we will kill her in the literal sense.

In Twilight you have a theme of Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet (New Moon) and in Eclipse it was Wuthering Heights. Do you have a theme for Breaking Dawn? (This has been asked on a previous signing but she expanded very, very little)

She answered yes; there are TWO books (new info?) She told us one which is Midsummers Night Dream. So she teased us with the second book.

Who is your biggest critic and why?

Her biggest critic is herself. She has no idea if she was sending out “total crap” when she wrote Twilight. She expected the rejection letter to come back with big Ha Ha Ha’s written all down the pages. She was very shocked that people really like the book. She went on to say that she still has trouble judging her own writing. She wanted to tell us that she wants to encourage us to write and believe in our writing. If you love to re –read your stories that means something. If you get excited and think about your characters in the middle of the night that means something. Trust yourself as a reader. If you really like it, there is probably something there. If you are bored with the story and the characters aren’t interesting, you should probably quit, but if you are interested in the story, other people will be too.

This was asked by my friend Jen who you can hear on video squealing and screaming so it steps on some of Stephenie’s answer.

 She also goes on to add that you should be waiting to go home and write a story and be excited about it. Writing shouldn’t be about work it should be the fun part. She said there are other parts that aren’t fun, and that was talking to a crowd of a thousand people! (She was a little nervous up on the podium)

Did you get any pressure from the editors in the beginning to make your books more edgy? (I.e. include sex, more violence, etc)

She did get some of that in the beginning, and that is an aspect that  could relate to anything. She stated that you will be pressured at one point or another. She specified that some times you do need to listen (that is the tricky part) to your editor and other times you need to fight back and say “no, this is how it’s supposed to be”

The vast majority of your fans are female. Do you have anything you would like to say to your male readers?
A: you rock
B: you are my favorites
C: you are more likely to get a response back on my space
D: you are brave to be here with 990 girls (we all laughed).

Part of the video gets cut off, but Stephenie mentions that they are really smart to be here with so many females. One of the guys in the audience jumps up and takes a bow. I have this on video somewhere and it’s really funny.

That was the end of the Q & A so we lined up by our group numbers to get the books signed. She was sighing multiple copies of The Host but only two of her other novels.

The actually signing started at 6:45 and I was finished with a signed copy of The Host and my very well traveled, battered Twilight (which she commented on that she likes to see books well worn, pages falling out and tape to hold the outside together). I was pretty nervous to go up and get my book signed only because I admire her so much. This is how close I was allowed to come to Stephenie while she was signing. The handlers were shooing people away. All in all, it was a great signing.

Stephenie is a warm person and you can tell she cares about her fans and readers. Now if she could just type faster so Midnight Sun will come out sooner.

I have more video posted and some that I have been trying to post but You Tube is not cooperating tonight so it is no loading. It all should be (hopefully) up by tomorrow night. It will be referenced under ‘The Host, Phoenix Signing”. I hope everyone enjoys the videos!

Comments

  1. that’s cute how they sang Happy Birthday!

  2. aaahhhhhhhhhh that is cute
    Well since i cant do to any of the signings at least i get to read about them

  3. “TWO BOOKS” theme in Breaking Dawn??? I am so anxious for this book & terrified of the Midsummer Nights Dream effect, not sure I can handle reading Edward in love with someone else… now she springs a TWO BOOK theme…yikes :) August seems so far away….
    I love how honest she is though – she gives such genuine answers.
    I also love how she mentioned Ian – he is my favorite in the HOST.

  4. Oh, I love A Midsummer Night’s Dream! Can’t wait for Midnight Sun. I love how Edward overanalyzes things.

  5. haha. I love hiwbthe twilight cast is winning by a lot!!!!!

  6. Thanks so much for this report. I loved The Host and I’ve been dying to ask some questions. Some of those she answered here in your report! Thanks again SM for writing such a gift of a book. :)

  7. Thanks for the report! I got to meet SM May 6th at the mall of america but it sounds like she answered a few more questions at yours. Very happy to hear she will be working on Midnight Sun!!!! I was wondering if she played Muse at any of her other signings? After she finished with her Q & A at MOA they played Muse and she started signing.

  8. *Does a happy dance* Yay! My book got signed last night, I can’t wait to get it!!! Woo!

    Thanks for the report, it was awesome!

  9. Great event last night! Stephenie was awesome! The report didn’t mention that Stephenie said the question about The Office reference in The Host was her favorite. :) I love that Stephenie loves The Office!

  10. Hooray! Finally intresting quesstions!

  11. Daniela says:

    WOW! Thanks.. although i only read the Twilight Q&A because The Host hasn’t been released here yet and i don’t want to be spoiled. I’m reading Midsummers Night Dream plot right now in wikipedia!!! What book could be the other one???

  12. Mon Twilight_vampire_girl at TMs says:

    Yesterday was AWESOME! But just one little correction, it wasnt an announcer that had us sing Happy Birthday to Robert, one of our very own AZ Twilight Moms got up there and had us sing it for him!!

  13. Bloodbound says:

    Hi guys, thanks for the feedback! If i made mistakes, they are my own and I am at fault. Please add stuff if I forgot. Honestly, I had been up since 5 a.m. (toll of working a high stress job) and did most of this last night about midnight. I will try to add more video tonight, You Tube was not cooperating with me and kept on going down. There was a reference to the Office but it got lost in another paragraph. I didn’t know the Twlight Mom did the happy bday, it was sorta hard to hear on the floor with so many people! It also didn’t help that i had two friends squealing in my ear all night. I introduced both of them to the books so the whole Twlight ‘verse is still pretty new to them, they get excited over everything :)

  14. Would it be possible to put some kind of spoiler warning on the Host section please? There’s rather a large spoiler at the top and while I wasn’t specifically looking at that section I was still spoiled just by scrolling down to look for Twilight news. -.-

    We are going to have many more signing reports over the next few weeks.  Rest assured if it says "Host Signing Report" in the title of the post it will have with it a transcript of the Q&A from that signing.  I would recommend you not reading these reports if you do not wish to see the Q&A’s.  ~Admin

  15. Coraline says:

    A midsummer nights dream?
    OH MY GOD she is going to have Jacob Imprint!
    NOOO!

  16. Daniela says:

    I did a long essay about what i read in wikipedia.. about how could Midsummer Night Dream reflect on Breaking Dawn.. does anyone know were i can post it?? because i’m afraid.. it would be too long if i posted it here

  17. SWEET!

  18. Czarina says:

    I was at the signing last night and Ms. Meyer was just lovely to meet in person. I’m a 25 year-old female that started reading her novels on the insistence of my 12-y-old cousin, who was just so super excited to see Stephenie at the signing that she was at such a loss for words. My 17-y-old sister was worse, all she could muster to say was, “You’re AWESOME! Thank you so much!”. There were a lot of people and probably a ratio of 30 ladies to 1 dude, props to all the Twilight guys that showed up! All in all, it was a great night.

    In fact, I was the one that asked the question about Jeb which she was so kind enough to answer. I know she’s answered it before but I was more specific to Jeb. My question was actually more along the lines of, “Did anyone you know personally inspire the characters in the Host, for example did you know someone like Uncle Jeb (cuz he’s awesome!)?”… and that’s when she answered that Jeb’s voice resonates so much in her mind when she was writing the book that you’d think she knew someone like him but unfortunately no, and then she made the reference to Doc being modeled after Seth. When I went to get my books signed I thanked her for having such a vivid imagination and for answering my question, after which she said something like, “I’m glad you got it out there, I think Jeb’s cool too, and thanks for coming.”

    I love that she pictured James McAvoy for the character of Ian, and I’m pretty sure that there will be a lot of shenanigans in the forest in “Breaking Dawn” if one of the literary inspirations is Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. Yay for Stephenie!

  19. Saiyachick says:

    Yahoo movies finally has Twilight listed when you type in their engine.

  20. Saiyachick says:

    Ohhh and to comment on the whole Midsummers Night Dream x_x I’ve been analyzing it a whole lot. I keep thinking that Bella will wake up one day and people won’t know who the Cullens are. There weren’t really vampires, but a mysterious family (the Cullens) move to Forks. Something along those lines. Basically it is all an alternate reality :p Geez, I hope she wont bring faeries into the book.

  21. Trey5565 says:

    whoo hoo! I’m one of Stephenie Meyer’s favorites!!!

  22. michael scott says:

    anyone know what page of “the host” the office reference is on?

  23. icky vicky says:

    Sa-WEET!!!!!!!!!!!

    “…make the vampires happy”!! L.o.l.!!!!!!!!

    Hey, isn’t it kind weird that there was a host signing in PHEONIX, you know, like in TWILIGHT? ha,ha,ha!

  24. Melanie Cullen says:

    Stephenie rocks. :]
    I really really wanted to go to a book signing, but she isn’t coming anywhere near where I live. I loved the host.

  25. Gerald Stone says:

    James McAvoy played Rory O’Shea…so changing his first name will be a piece of cake…

    ROFL

  26. KEWL..

  27. Michael Scott: I asked The Office question at the event yesterday. I couldn’t remember the page when I was there and I don’t have my book with me right now (at work…Working hard, can you tell?). I’ll take a look when I get a chance and see if I can find it again.

    My friend and I talked to Stephenie about The Office when she signed our books. She said she loves how Jim is carrying around the engagement ring and all of the fake proposing he is doing to Pam. :)

  28. michael scott says:

    ahh thanks so much! i’ll just keep re-checking this comments page.

    i love the office!

  29. I completely wish I lived out west instead of on the east coast…and I believe I have already said this, but I’m saying it again.

    I already have my compy of Mid-Summer Night’s Dream [:

  30. Bloodbound says:

    The Midsummer Night Dream play is making me nervous also. I re-read the play after she mentioned it at another signing ( I think in Germany?) I know the story is the guest are planning to attend The Wedding of the season (king/queen, edward/bella) and everyone else is whammied with fairy dust until the king commands it to be put back right. Somone is being forced to marry but they don’t like that person they are in love with someone else. Someone falls in love with the wrong person, it mayhem and madness all around. I know Stephenie said that Edward and Bella are more like Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth then Romeo and Juliet which makes me hope for a happy ending. When she said last night “two books” she had that “i know you and you don’t haha” look that I have seen her get in other interviews. I don’t think Jacob will imprint on Bella which everyone is worried about. That would have happen already. Remember, the face was just a face, right? :)

    I will be posting the rest of the video tonight, i have a longer “happy birthday” and Stephenie talking about other stuff. If it’s not on there, blame my cable modem which I will be taking a hammer to if it doesn’t work right :)

  31. Cullengirl says:

    oh em gee. I’m really nervous about this whole midsummer night dream thing. Did any one else realise that that on page 418 in Eclipse, Edward makes a midsummer night dream reference. I was reading it the other day and was like OH, Maybe that was a hint. ha ha. I’m so Scared!

  32. Mary Alice Cullen says:

    Ah can’t wait till August I need that book but for now I need to finish The Host which is vey good.

  33. Ok, michael scott, I found it. The Office reference is on page 218 in the third paragraph down…

  34. michael scott says:

    thanks!

  35. cullengirl says:

    I would love James McAvoy play Ian. He’s an awesome actor and Ian should a terrific character. *swoons both for James and Ian*

    I’m very interested and anxious to find out what the other book that inspired Breaking Dawn. Only a few more months left until the release!

  36. Thanks for responding. Iv’e actually tried not to read reports for that purpose. But this particular spoiler is right at the top of the iframe and although I wasn’t actually reading it it was in a prominant enough place to catch my eye anyway. And Iv’e actually spoken to others who have had the same problem. Maybe it’d be better to link to it on another page or to put a warning and a “scroll down to read” notice in before the actual questions?

  37. I was thrilled when they sang the “Happy Bithday” to Rob. I felt as if I was the only Jacob fan there so if you guys see the video of the “Happy Birhday” and you see a girl sitting on the floor with a brown shirt that say’s “Hot Dog”…..that would be me. And yes when they introduced Stephenie I cried 6 times okay! there I said it! :D :D :D

  38. enfennemore says:

    Glad it went well. I would have attended, but I had other obligations.

  39. Oh yeah, in the youtube video, the boy who was covering his ears was my BROTHER. He read the first chapter of Twilight and he is 8 years old……yeah I know

    He told me it was too loud (notice the girl with some writing on the back…..me) and I told him that it was HER and he was like OH!!!!!! when he was getting his book signed, Stephenie had to lean over the table and ask “how old are you?” it was adorable! :D :D :D

  40. Sherbear says:

    It was the Sparkly groups idea to sing Happy Birthday! HEHE! That’s me!

  41. Bloodbound says:

    I remember you guys! I really liked those shirts. I was the girl in black with the annoying Pats fan :) It’s ok though,I forgive her. I hope to post another video of that boy that got the round of applause for him being there.

  42. Sherbear says:

    Hi Matti!

  43. Sherbear says:

    Haha thanks.

  44. Edwardlover says:

    I was in the sparkly group too!! the signing was amazing and stephenie was so pretty and nice. I’m so happy I got to see her! The 3 hour drive to phoenix was totally worth it!

  45. Weird how I can see part of my face/head in one of those pictures haha. I remember you though! You took a picture for me and my cousin. :] Thanks for that. We drove up from Tucson and it was AMAZING.

  46. La tua Cantante says:

    I READ THE HOST LIKE IN 2 DAYS!!! I ABSOLUTLY LOVED IT!
    I love James McAvoy too and am happy she pictured him as Ian..
    BUT i was wondering..wasn’t Ians character described as him like kind of being a really big fellow??? Anyone, help???I could be wrong.what do you guys remember?
    Thats the only reason why I was a bit confused about it.I can see James bringing out the compassion Ian shows but I couldnt help but picture him and his brother bieng really big.

  47. Sherbear says:

    I know Edwardlover! I probably failed my algebra final, but that’s okay. SO WORTH IT!! Stephenie was absolutely gorgeous! And, even though everybody says it, you don’t really notice how normal she is until you actually meet her. So amazing!

  48. La tua Cantante says:

    OH,AND I JUST HOPE JACOB HAS A HAPPY ENDING TOO IN BREAKING DAWN,IF NOT…I WILL BE SO SAD.

  49. Edwardlover says:

    Wow, I didn’t think anyone would actually remember the sparkly girls!

  50. STEPHENIE WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! = )

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