In celebration of Stephenie Meyer’s novel The Host’s one year anniversary, various blogs are joining in the celebration for a blog tour. We are the kick-off site.
If you haven’t read The Host check it out. Very much the way that Twilight is a vampire book that non-vampire people like, The Host is a sci-fi book that non-sci-fi people like.
In order to celebrate we have four love letters written by fans between the various characters. The four points of view that we decided to feature were Ian to Wanda, Wanda to Ian, Jared to Mel, and Mel to Jared.
If someone had told me yesterday that getting punched in the face while kissing a girl would be one of the happiest moments of my life, I wouldn’t have believed it. But it was, Mel, because it allowed me to truly believe for the first time that you really were still in there. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised, though. If anyone could fight against an alien occupation, you could. You always were stubborn. In a good way, of course.
Mel, I’ve missed you so much. Life just hasn’t been the same since our trio was broke up. Jamie’s willing to accept both you and the soul as a package deal, but I can’t do that. I only want you. I think back on all the wonderful times we shared before you left, and you have no idea how much I want that again. I will never give up hope that you will come back to us, so don’t you dare disappear on me, Melanie Stryder! You have to fight to stay in there until we can get you out, do you hear me? I cannot lose you again.
I love you. Don’t forget that.
From Alicia M
I’m sorry. I’ve failed. As I write this, I am hiding from them. It won’t be long now, and I just wanted to say goodbye.
I want you to know that I only did this for our safety, so we could be together without fear for once. Never give up hope—you can find sanctuary anywhere.
I want you to know that, wherever I am, I will always love you. I will try my hardest to make sure they do not find you. It’s the last thing I can do.
When you think of me, I don’t want you to remember this. Remember me in the cabin. I can’t call it home— my home is with you. My whole life revolves around you now. That means don’t you ever, I mean ever, give up. Even with me gone, stay strong, for me. For Jamie. And know that I will always be with you, no matter who they put in my head.
I’m sorry that it had to end this way. We should have been together until the end of our days. I will be waiting for you on the other side.
I love you. Never forget that.
I am leaving. I should have told you in person, but I couldn’t bear to say goodbye.
This mind, this body; it’s only big enough for one of us… and it belongs to Melanie. I’ve taken over, something I’ve done to other creatures countless times now; they’re nothing but a host to me. The thing that has changed my way of seeing things is actually having a connection to the previous mind in the host body that refused to let go. Melanie refuses to let go, and I’ve become to love her. She is selfless and amazing. I’ve never seen anything in all of my lifetimes as strong as her. I wish I could say the same for myself.
Ian, I couldn’t say goodbye to you because… I love you. You’ve treated me with such kindness and compassion that creatures like me should have experienced. I don’t deserve you, I don’t deserve this body, and I don’t deserve this world.
Ian I love you, and you’ll be the only one that I will lay in my heart. As a soul, I don’t believe in “soul mates”, but if there ever was such a thing, it would be you. Don’t change.
You said I wouldn’t find you beautiful, and how wrong you were. I held you, you, the soul Wanderer, in my own hands, and I swear I have never seen anything more unique or special than you. You seemed so peaceful, and no one would lay a harmful hand on you. You made them promise, but here love always outweighs promises. I just found you, and it seems I’ve been looking for my entire life. I was not going to just let you go as soon as I found you. They wanted me to pick out your new body, but there is no human on this earth that could even dream of matching your true beauty. You are a wonderful person, full of innocence and knowledge. How you could ever doubt how wonderful you are puts me at a loss for reason. Just know that there is nothing you can tell me that would change my opinion of you. I love you, I always will love you, and nothing is ever going to change that.
With the most sincerest of loves,