California The Host Signing Reports And New York Times Coverage

The New York Times mentions The Host in this week’s Inside the List Coverage. Look for The Host to be on the bestseller list again this week.

We’d like to thank  xhopeonaropex  and  Eggo17 for their coverage of the last two The Host signing events.

 

 

  

I went to the book signing event in Torrance today.
Unfortunately when we got to the event and they opened the doors, they announced that we were not allowed to take pictures or record. If we do, we will be escorted out.
Luckily, a Twilight fan sitting next to me called Alexis (big shout out to her!) had a notebook, so I wrote down the Q&A’s for the event. I will try to word it out as much as I can. So, here it is:

1. What inspired you to write The Host?
SM: Well, it was in one of my files on the computer. It wasn’t like Twilight- I had a dream and it was handed to me on a silver platter. I was actually driving through a hot desert one day and I started thinking "Hmm, what would happen if two people who lived in one body fell in love with the same person?" So, I wrote it down on my computer, and when I found that I wanted to start on a new project, I found that The Host was the best between them.

2. Why Cheetos??
SM: [She laughs]. I was thinking about living in a deprived society where you don’t have these foods. And the smell and taste of Cheetos is recognizable. And I also thought if I would ever enjoy eating something that I was deprived of it would be Cheetos and Twinkies. Plus Cheetos are so dang delicious!

3. Why do Sharon and Maggie remain stubborn against Wanda?
SM: The readers need to consider that th book was written in the alien’s perspective( Wanda), and so Wanda means no harm and the reader knows that as well. And even though Melanie wanted to save Sharon and Melanie’s body is back, Sharon knows That Melanie is not inside if that body and that Melanie’s gone. For Sharon and Maggie, this alien is what they fear, what they’re afraid my take their children in their sleep. These aliens are the enemy and the most dangerous thing for people. So humans SHOULD be afraid of them.

4. When the souls take over the body host and the humans disappear, where do they go?Like Jodie, she was there but when they tried finding her she was lost and couldn’t be found? Where did her soul go?
SM: It depends on what people think where the soul of someone goes after dying. For some people it’s like an afterlife. So wherever a person thinks someone goes after they die, that’s where the human souls go.

5. The song from your playlist for The Host for My Chemical Romance "The Ghost of You", who does this song relate to?
SM: This song reminds me of Jared. When Melanie and Wanderer come back and he sees Melanie’s body and not Melanie herself in there, it hurts him because he cannot have her back completely. And he feels that Wanderer’s presence haunts him. So I thought that song reminded me of Jared a lot.

6. Who do you like better? Ia, or Jared?
SM: [She laughs]. Depending on the mood I guess. Jared has that kind of cowboy character, tough, strong. And Ian is the poetic, sensitive sweet guy. So just depending on the mood.

7. How old is Ian?
SM: Ian is 25.

8. If you could pick one of the planets you could live on, which one would it be?
SM: Definitely not The Mists, because I hate the snow. I would rather live in a place where it is 110 degrees but I cannot live somewhere there is snow. I’d probably like to live in the Singing World or Planet of the Bats. I like how it’s run by music but I don’t really like that you’re blind, but at least you can fly.

9. If The Host were to be made a movie, who would you think would be good actors for the part?
SM: I was actually discussing that earlier, and I was saying that if I had the choice I think Maggie Gyllenhaal would play Melanie just great.

10. I find Jamie and Jacob very similar? Did you write Jamie intentionally as a character similar to Jacob’s?
SM: Actually no, I don’t think they are that similar. But I do feel the same kind of love that Melanie has for Jamie, like Bella has for Jacob. I grew up babysitting my brothers so I always had this motherly instinct and love towards it. I find both Melanie and Bella having that same motherly love for Jacob and Jared. They want to protect them, they want to take care of them.

11. Are you going to be writing sequels for The Host?
SM: Maybe. I’m not sure yet. If I do it would be a hard trilogy. Some mean things might happen in the books, but there will also be a lot of nice things to make up for the mean ones.

12. Who is your favorite actor in Twilight?
SM: All of them are good and very nice. Ashley Green who plays Alice is a very nice girl. She never played a main character before but she really impressed me. But I guess I would have to say that the linchpin would be Edward. [crowd goes wild]. I mean when we auditioned for Edward we were looking for someone to play him really well. I expected to see a good version of Edward. What I did not expect is seeing Edward himself [in Robert Pattinson].

13. Will Midnight Sun be published?
SM: I got a lot of people asking me that. Some people wanted it to be published before the last book. I told them well I’m only half way through and I was working on this book called Breaking Dawn. [crowd laughs and applauds]. But I was surprised to see a lot of people who wanted it to be published before it. And I went "But it’s the same thing as Twilight and you know what’s going to happen!!" [crowd laughs]

14. Are your characters inspired by real people?
SM:Edward was not inspired unfortunately by anyone. For New Moon I used my brother Jacob’s name but his character was completely different. When I used Jacob’s name my sister Emily was like "Hmm so you use Jacob’s name in the book, huh? What about me? Ohhhh so it’s all about Jacob now?" And so i used Emily and Heidi since the rest wanted to be in the book too. But their personalities are completely different. The only character that was the same was Paul. He’s very tempered and hairy. [crowd laughs]. In The Host, Doc was isnpired by Seth: He’s tall, thin fair, sort of blond. He’s also very sweet and is in medical school to become a doctor.

15. What was the most enjoyable book to write?
SM: They all were very fun books to write but very different. Twilight was a pure writing experience for me. New Moon was a bit depressing for me and hard. But it also had its beauty and evalation. Eclipse was like putting all the characters into one jar and shaking them up. The Host was different because I had to write about (a) different world(s).

16. Has writing the book make you want less fame?
SM: I don’t think I’m famous. I mean I’m famous for a good 15 minutes where I find 1600 people during a book signing, but when I go home, my life is back to normal and I’m not famous anymore. The thing I don’t like about fame is that you don’t really have a lot of time on your hands. And I also don’t like talking to the cameras.

17. When you were a teenager, did you enjoy writing and reading similar things you write today?
SM: I never wrote things when I was young. I never thought that i would actually end up as a writer. But i loved reading books. I didn’t read Stephen King though. That was too scary for me. But I did read a few westerns.

18. How do you overcome writer’s block?
SM: I rarely get times where I have writer’s block but when I do, the only good thing I found is that you go inside a room. Turn off the lights until it’s completely dark, then turn on rock music like really really loud until your head is cleared. The Muse is a good band to listen to for clearing your head.

That was the end of questions. She then personalized our Host books and signed two copies of whatever books we brought. I got out early since I was number 32 out of 1000. Yes, 1000. And I waited from 12 noon to get in early and the event started at 6:30. There were a lot of creative shirts that I saw. I saw a couple of Twilight Moms and I saw Kristine (bellas_ring) there and we stayed together through the event. It was an amazing day and when it was my turn to get my book signed I started breathing hardly and my heart was beating very fast. It was a good half hour for me and I do believe the wait was worth it. I would do it again for Stephenie. I thanked her for being a great inspiration to us young writer’s. She is by far, the most amazing person i have met.

 

There are a few more questions, but those were some of the most memorable ones! 

  

I got to the venue at 12pm but the line didn’t start to form until about 3:45pm. I was #2 in line, so I was grateful to be able to sit in the front row. It was raining outside all day, so I was happy that they let us form the line inside. The event didn’t start until 7:30p, but the Warwicks people were nice enough to let us sit in the venue at around 5:30pm. There were an extraordinary amount of Twilight Moms at this event, and the infamous twilight baby (http://youtube.com/watch?v=vsH8nzzpEhI) was at the event. People were in a frenzy to see them. One of the twilight moms also had a collection of dolls representing every character. (http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/Eggo17/dolls2.jpg) It was pretty cool. One of the girls took charge and got everyone to play scene charades for about 20 minutes. Groups acted out scenes from the Twilight series and the audience would guess what scene it was. Right before they introduced Stephenie, they asked who had traveled the farthest, and while we had some people from New Jersey/New York, Canada, & Alaska, the person who traveled the farthest was from Australia. Stephenie came out at 7:30p & answered questions for about 20 minutes, then started to sign books. I videotaped the questions & will upload it soon…1 of the questions was mine! (yay!) I was number 2 to get my book signed, so I got to leave pretty early.

Questions are not word for word, but i did my best!

*Questions that have not already been asked:
Q: How did you come up with the Host, & why did you choose to write about aliens?
I didn’t have a dream like Twilight. The way I got started on the Host was a very boring car trip, & i had nothing else to think about & so the idea of these 2 people in 1 body was sort of in my head & i just thought "that would be really cool, very complicated relationship, i could get some ideas out of that"; but the reason is that it was about aliens since the beginning. It was natural for me to write because I grew up with Science Fiction. It is really my roots.

Q:Why do souls only invade 1 species per planet?
They tend to take the dominant species, because they don’t want a body that doesn’t have much intelligence because they couldn’t work with it as well. On fire world, they realized there were 2 intelligent life forms in that world, & they were trying to make it work.

Q:How did you have time to write the host with so much going on? (who do you like better Ian or Jared?)
It depends on what I’m looking for on any particular day. Sometimes you want the tough guy, & sometimes you want the poet. I found the time to write it because I was editing Eclipse. I started to work on the host before being able to start breaking dawn.

Q: (My question!)When you wrote those tense scenes between Jared & Ian did it remind you of Jacob & Edward? Although they are different characters the intense love triangle seems to resonate.
I hadn’t really thought about that. I really like to write complicated situations. If a girl falls in love with a guy & everything works out smoothly there’s not much to write about…so i like to have things more difficult to that. I guess there are some similarities, but the characters feel so different to me & the situation because there are 2 people in love with 2 different people, it doesn’t feel the same, but i can see the comparison.

Q:I sensed a young protective love of a child after reading the host. Is this relationship based on an actual relationship in your life or a fictional one?
I have a younger brother who is 10 years younger & another who is 8 years younger than me. When I was growing up, I experienced "mom nightmares" about my brothers because I was protective of them (& still am). I know how it would be to have those mother feelings for a brother, so that actually is from my own life.

*talked about covers
*about being involved in the movie

Q:Do you put any personal experiences into your writing?
Sometimes, but I don’t put really big themes. I’ve never had a really big love triangle where i’ve had to decide between 2 really hot men! But there are little things…for example, I actually burned off my finger prints.

Q: Is it usually easy to come up with your story
Yes, because I am a character writer. As long as I have interesting enough characters to write about, I don’t worry about plot.

Q: Have you ever had a crush on any of your characters?
The real question is, is there any character I don’t have a crush on? There are only very few, because I even have a crush on Alice. I can’t write someone being in love with someone else without falling in love with them yourself.

Comments

  1. Awesome

  2. Great coverage. =D

    What happened to the blog entry that used to be here on the lex? Above the interview.

  3. Er, scratch that question. xP
    Like an idiot, I didn’t scroll down.

  4. Dazzled says:

    Great Questions!

  5. I HAD SOOOO MUCH FUN AT THE SAN DIEGO SIGNING.
    (second blog thing)

    Thats a pretty good adaptation of the questions. I arrived around 5:40 pm just as the last of the line enetered the warm room where they would be signing and asking questions. I went with my mom who despite the huge amount of twilight moms still hasnt joined their site. some moms you just can convince, though she loves the series. Anyway she went off to have dinner while i bought food at the venue and walked into the room. i didnt eat one bit but immediatly went scrambling around for pictures and to mingle with others since i was alone. I met a bunch of awsome people, including the famous twilight baby who is adorable, and the mom, as well as the lady who made all the look alike barbie dolls. it was hysterical to find out that esme and alice where not infact barbie dolls but hanna montana and one of the various high school musical girls. (vanessa i think). Anyway it was awsome to talk to them and i had a lot of fun though i was being shy. There was a grand total of three other jasper fans that i met. So the three of us took pictures of our shirts. (one said: “Jasper wants me,…[onback:] for dinner.” mine said: “Attention Jasper Whitlock: wont you walk into my diner?” [onback:] “alice and jasper fan”). after lots of mingling with excited fans, i was feeling less shy and totally went up to preform in one of the above mensioned skits. i played angela and a scary guy in the first scene which was about port angeles, and then i played alice cullen in the volterra scene later. it was sooo much fun to do though i was very nervous. we got a random guy to play edward. the only group to have a guy…the croud laughed so i didnt feel that bad about the skit. Then my mom came back and we took our seats waiting for stephenie. i was forced to eat my dinner then wait. but once everything started i squeaked and squealed like a fan girl…….i hate how my mind doesnt function properly when i get that giddy. stephenie read my shirt though and commented on it nicely, and all i could manage to say was. “im the biggest jasper fan” meant to say “im a huge jasper fan” and then she told me there where quite a few others and that we should stage a cage fight. i left the place so excited i was bouncing up and down all they way to the car. it was awsome!!! thanks for posting the videos and stuff i really enjoy watching them. ^.^

  6. Allison Cullen says:

    That’s soo cool! You guys are lucky to be able to go to those signings. I live on the other end of the country, and my parents would never let me fly out just for a couple days to meet my role model. Especially since I just came back from a trip to Rhode Island to meet one of my best friends. Grrrr…
    I have a couple of friends who live in Tuscon and Phoenix. They’re so lucky-they haven’t even read the Twilight saga (gasp!!) but they’re so close!

  7. Melanie Cullen says:
  8. Cullenist says:

    OMG – thank god!!! i thought i was the only person who thought that jamie and jacob were similar!!i couldnt stop thinking about it – i only got my copy of the Host yesterday, n i finished it in 6.5 hours!!! i’m so happy =D – cant wait for breaking dawn. n now i’m gonna go read the host again!

  9. I went to the San Diego signing too! I was the person from Australia!! it was so cool because they gave me a t-shirt that was signed by Stephenie herself! It was soo cool! I unfortunately got to the venue late so I did not get my book signed until very late but it was totally worth the experience. When I went to get my book signed she was really nice and we talked about how hard it was to sign that many books!! On top of being able to meet her, it was my birthday so it was really special! She is a really nice person who is obviously extremely dedicated to her fans :)

  10. LUCKY DUCKY, ALL THE WAS FROM AUSTRALIA…i was jaw drop-amazed at you. congradulations, your experience made our more exciting too. haha. i cheers for you.

  11. It was absolutely worth it!! i loved stephenie. She was so nice. I am glad that i could make your experience more exciting!!! It was definitely a birthday to remember!

  12. Indiangurl077 says:

    I went to the Torrance signing. Some of the questions/answers are writen differently than what Stephanie said.
    #2: She said that she chose Cheetos because she wanted the most processed food you could think of. She said it had to be something that was not made natually.
    #7: She said Ian is 25.
    #9: The question was actually, “If the Host were made into a movie who would you cast as the seeker?” She said she had not really thought about it until this question was asked. She that they were disscussing it back stage and they came up with Maggie Gyllenhaal. She said that she is really diverse.
    That’s all that didn’t seem right, that I can remember at the moment.

  13. xHopeonaRopex says:

    Actually, Ian is 27. I was the one who wrote the interview. And I did write in the beginning that not everything is exactly as what she said because I was only able to write pinpoints. Obviously you can’t write as fast as you talk. Maybe that wasn’t posted but it’s what I sent to Pel. Sorry for not having my recorder with me but they wouldn’t let me videotape the event. Maybe the Q&A’s would be more specific. I’m not be aggressive. But like I said I wrote down what I only took points on and what was remembered so there might be a few errors but at least I tried.

  14. Little Phoenix says:

    I was at the Torrance signing as well. Except I was number 861. I wound up getting my books signed at 10:20. It was worth it, though. It’s the second signing I’ve been to, but this one was probably better, even though I waited approximately 41/2 hours to get my books signed.

  15. uh..I was at the Torrance signing. And she definitely said Ian was 25.

  16. xHopeonaRopex says:

    I checked my papers. For some reason I wrote down 27. If you guys say 25 then he’s 25. I’ll send an e-mail to Pel to edit the Q&A’s

  17. _Crystal_ says:

    The signing was SOOOOO worth the five hour flight!

    EEEEPPP Stephanie even picked my question. (the second one! The one about only1 species per planet. (only i wrote alot more than that ROFL)

    I went around 4:00 so I was in the second row and had an isle seat! It was perfect…until the battery on my camera died =( Right BEFORE my question too!

    I was the one in the lime green shirt with the silver blob (AKA my interpritation of Wanda in soul form) on the front.

  18. Hey I was at the San diego singning too!I was also gonna perform but the Twilight moms and me couldn’t decide wich scene to do oh and no I’m not a Twilight mom and everybody went wild when Stephenie said she had a crush on Alice xD

  19. I’m so glad someone wrote down the questions from the Torrance signing! Thanks!

  20. awwfiddlesticks says:

    I was in San Diego and it was incredible!!!
    I just posted my review in the message boards. Here’s a link…
    http://www.twilightlexiconforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=18560&start=15

    I recorded the entire thing and took pics, they will be posted within a day :)

  21. bloodbound says:

    ian is 25, she was asked that question in the phoenix signing. this is a good report, thanks! I wrote the phoenix report and I know how hard it is to come off that high on meeting Stephenie and then trying to remember what she said, and you didn’t have video! also, if aomsone has a negative posting about your report, don’t sweat it :) It is really good and you caught a few questions not asked already. I am curious though, was it the venue or was it Stephenie’s people that wouldn’t let you take the video? I know we have posted a few of these up on You Tube I wonder if that is the issue? Good job!

  22. xHopeonaRopex says:

    Haha thank you bloodbound!!! At least someone understands my situation. Actually when I purchased the ticket and I saw the info on her site it said cameras were allowed but no personal shots with her. When they opened the gates to go in the MPR, her publicist and the people who work at borders said cameras were not allowed and that if they were to be even seen we would be escorted out of the event. It made the whole bunch really mad. Her publicist thbought she was being funny when she goes “cameras were not allowed due to the volume of people, and other factors”. They expect the volume of 1000 people to be complete silence. Plus they made that decision way beofre we got in. So she was basicaly saying keep quiet because it;s annoying. But yeah as for the Q&A’s. Some of teh questions were very long so I put notes for those too as well as answers. I tried wording out as much as I can, and I honestly don’t know why i wrote Ian is 27. I was writing so fast, like crazy fast!!!! So maybe my mind went on temporary malfunction due to overload for like 5 seconds hahaha. But if there are anymore mistakes please don’t be aggressive towards me. I tried my best and it was the first written report that I have done in my life. Plus I didn’t get enough sleep the night before and was about to fall asleep in the MPR befor the event started. While everybody else was squeeing, I was “resting my eyes”. hahaha. For those who defended me thanks for understanding. And for those who are criticizing please be understanding. Thank you all.

  23. xHopeonaRopex says:

    Oh and thanks Rachel!!! I didn’t notice how many people were actually in the Torrance signing who are lexiconers. I would have loved to meet the lot of you!!! ^.^

  24. Indiangurl077 says:

    I don’t come on this site for one day and look what happened!
    I think xHopeonaRopex is over reacting to what I wrote. I just wrote down things that were wrong in your report only because I was there too. I did not mean any harm to it. My posting is not even aggressive. Actually what you wrote in your response is what you call aggressive. I did not even criticize your writing, so I do not understand why you are responding negatively towards me. All I did is post what I know what was said in a straight forward manner. I think it’s great that you posted a report for the lexicon. I know it is hard to write as fast as someone talks, but that doesn’t mean that just because someone corrects what was wriiten that you take it negatively. I am a huge Stephenie Meyer fan, just like you. I just wanted others who come on this site, (like me) to read what questions she answered. I think it is only fair that they get the correct information. If you even bothered to notice I only had to correct a few questions, so obviously your report is some what accurate. I meant no harm at all in what I wrote. I was just trying to submit what I know was actually said. I think instead of reacting negativily you should have just admitted that you might of missed a few things. There is no shame in being honest, no one would think less of your report. I am sorry if anyones feelings were hurt. I really meant no harm. I was just writing what I know was said, beacuse I was there to.

  25. xHopeonaRopex says:

    I’m sorry as well if I did take your intentions the wrong way. And I did admit that I missed alot of things. Like I said, I only wrote down what I can remember. Hence, the report is far from complete and correct. thank you for your corrections. And again I’m sorry if I misunderstood your tone. No hard feelings. I’m probably just very sensitive towards these things. All of us here are huge Sm fans. I don’t want to disappoint anyome here. Thank you Indiangurl077.

  26. pleeper_nik says:

    Thanks for posting this :]

    I had so much fun at the signing in San Diego. Stephenie even answered one of my questions (the one about using personal experiences in her writings)! I was so excited that she picked it, that I totally blanked and missed the first part … so thanks again for putting her answers up!

  27. Brittany says:

    Thank you for transcribing the signing for us! I know it’s a lot of work, and it’s not easy, and it takes a long time – but please know that your efforts don’t go to waste! I’m thrilled to have access to information that I can’t get first-hand.

    And to Pel and Alphie, thanks again for providing a venue of integrity where I can get such information. Thanks for all you do!

  28. Bloodbound says:

    xHopeonaRopex:

    I know that feeling about being so tired but trying to write the report as fast as you can :) It is hard and doing your first report for Lexicon made me super nervous too! That is so strange that Borders would not allow photo….maybe to much flash would blind poor Stephenie :)

  29. xHopeonaRopex says:

    Bloodbound

    Actually, most of us didn’t need to use flash photography. I mean it was to an extent where they didn’t even let photgraphers from magazines take pictures. I dont know why that happened. And thank you for your support. You’re amazing!!! ANd I was really nervous. Other than the fact that I was very tired that day due to lack of sleep, and I wrote the Q&A’s really late at night. After the event i was stuck in traffic for over 2 hours and I had to drop off my friend in the valley.
    ANd I was completely malnourished and had the wrst shrimp ever at Friday’s that I have ever tasted. Then a drive back home again that took around 40 mins. ANd when I was driving my friend home my dad calls and tell me my baby sister is in the emergency room. She’s only one month old. So I freak. Plus this nurse was trying to draw blood from her hand and started to squeeze her hand really hard and her had turned red and blue (literally) It looked like she burned her hand or she got a serious bruise on it. And she screamed the whole time from pain. It was the worst crying Ive ever heard a baby cry. And Ive been raising all my cousins since I was 8, so thats 12 years of experience. It was a bad night for me :/ But thanks for everything. It is much appreciated. Feel free to pm me anytime. My username is the same. xhopeonaropex.

  30. HA HA HA!!!! I WAS AT THE SIGNING TOO!!!!! the one in San Diego :) pretty crazy there XD I still cant believe I came within a 1 foot radius of Stephenie!!! *faints* ha ha I remember the Twilight dolls *cough* i mean…action figgures…

  31. starlight_starbright says:

    wow wish i could go to one of these! Unfortunately, i live on the wrong side of the world :(

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