Stephenie Meyer Talks Social Media, Midnight Sun Leaking, The Host, Twilight and More

Stephenie Meyer talked with BBC Radio 4 as part of The Host PR tour. In case you’ve ever wondered how the manuscript to Midnight Sun got out there, you can hear how she thinks it happened in this interview.

We can’t embed it here, but you can listen on BBC 4

Stephenie Meyer Quoted in The Guardian

Stephenie MeyerStephenie Meyer talked to the UK paper The Guardian about her upcoming movie The Host, Twilight, and impressions of her work by the public. Two notable quotes are in the article.

Despite all the criticism of her work, Meyer says she is a feminist, and that this is really important to her. “I think there are many feminists who would say that I am not a feminist. But, to me … I love women, I have a lot of girlfriends, I admire them, they make so much more sense to me than men, and I feel like the world is a better place when women are in charge. So that kind of by default makes me a feminist. I love working in a female world.” She was thrilled when Catherine Hardwicke’s adaptation of Twilight made her one of the most commercially successful directors in Hollywood, and says of working on Austenland: “It was almost an entirely female production, which is so rare, and to be able to work with female writers and female directors and even our co-producer was a woman – it was a totally different feel than you would have on a more traditional, male-centric set.”

The truth is there must be tens of thousands of romance novels containing similar themes and biases to Meyer’s series: weak heroines, strong heroes, submission and surrender, a central plot involving obsessive love. Had the Twilight books sold 5,000 copies, it’s doubtful anyone would have complained. The most interesting question is not why she wrote it as she did, but why girls responded so wildly. Is there something particularly powerful, in this cultural moment, about a dangerous, potentially violent romantic hero? In a world where porn is ubiquitous, where there do seem new sexual pressures on young women – demands for them from boys to take naked pictures, for example – is a chaste but adoring partner especially appealing? Do young women still yearn for a dominant man? Do they identify, more than ever, with an awkward, unconfident female protagonist? Bubbling away in a generation’s subconscious are some troubling answers.

See it all on The Guardian

Behind the Scenes at the Stephenie Meyer Google Hangout

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Wonder what it was like at the Google Hangout that happened last week with Stephenie Meyer and The Host cast.  One of our readers, Elizabeth AKA EverythingRemindsMeOfTwilight, was lucky enough to attend and she reports in for us!

 

The Google Plus Chat with Stephenie Meyer and cast made for a Valentine’s Day that I will never forget! This was my first time meeting Stephenie Meyer, and it was a small venue (there were only 15 of us)! The “witty banter” and teasing amongst the cast and Stephenie had all of us in the audience laughing.

They debuted the new, full theatrical trailer, but for us in the audience there was no sound. They played it again after the interview was done, but honestly, I was so distracted getting to see Stephenie that I didn’t pay as close attention to the trailer as I should have. I still need to watch it again to really “get it all.”

eliz jakeThe part of the interview that struck me the most was Stephenie’s answer regarding what didn’t make it in the movie. When she told us that Walt was not in the movie, there a definite reaction from the audience. There was a bit of a gasp and people seemed a bit stunned. Stephenie assured us, however, that the feel of the movie has the feel of the book so well that it pulls you in and you actually don’t realize you’re missing Walt until someone mentions that he’s missing. I don’t know how the others in the audience felt; but I was glad to hear her assurances and it makes me look forward to the finished film even more.

I really appreciated Stephenie’s response when she was asked about the love story of The Host. It was probably the moment when the audience was its quietest. It was like you could feel everyone’s attention on Stephenie as she eloquently described the different kinds of love she’d written and how they are relatable on very different levels to even herself—brotherly love, mother love, loyalty to community, and best friend/sisterly love. I, like Stephenie, have two sisters that I am very close with and that aspect of The Host resonates deeply with me.

When the interview was done, a staffer asked us to head out to the lobby to be escorted back to the exit. So, as Stephenie left the stage, not two feet from me, I quickly expressed my thanks for her books and all the joy she’d given me and the people I know. I started to leave; but when I looked back, I found I was the only one following the staffer out. Everyone else had lined up and started taking pictures and getting autographs. So back to the line I went, and I am so glad! I was able to get Jake Abel’s autograph first and a picture. I asked Stephenie if she had to go, but she said no, and as she started signing my book, I started crying my thanks. She was incredibly sweet and gracious and generous and listened to me blubber out my thanks for all her great writing. It was truly a Valentine’s Day that I will never forget!

Stephenie Meyer Touring Dates in Canada and Europe

Stephenie Meyer just released the following information.

Monday, February 25th, 2013
Vancouver, British Columbia
Details to be determined

Monday, March 4th, 2013 – Thursday, March 7th, 2013
Madrid, London, Paris
Details to be determined

What Is Stephenie Meyer Working on Next: A Summary

EDITED: Since we keep getting this question, we are going to “sticky” this post to the front page and update it as new things come along. So scroll down on the front page for the more recent news stories.

There’s been so much news lately on the various projects that Stephenie Meyer is connected to, we thought we’d do a summary in case people had missed something.

The Host Movie

  • Adapted from the novel written by Stephenie Meyer
  • Stephenie is a producer Open Road is the company producing the film
  • Andrew Niccol is the screen writer/director
  • Debuts on March 29, 2013
  • In several interviews Stephenie mentions writing the two sequels called The Seeker and The Soul.
  • In a recent interview she was asked about a sequel to the movie if it is a hit and she stated that she is writing slowly and that affects production. However she did sound committed to having the two sequels.

Austenland Movie

  • Adapted from the novel written by Shannon Hale
  • Stephenie is a producer Fickle Fish Films, Stephenie Meyer’s production company, made the film that was shot in summer 2011
  • This is the first movie from her production company.
  • The screen writers are Shannon Hale and Jerusha Hess who also directed
  • The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to great reviews and was picked up by Sony Classic Pictures for distribution.
  • The release date is TBA.
  • Fickle Fish Films has the film option to the sequel novel Midnight in Austenland.  If the first film is a hit, they will make the sequel

Down a Dark Hall

  • Adapted from the novel written by Lois Duncan
  • Stephenie is a producer
  • Fickle Fish Films, Stephenie Meyer’s production company, is currently developing this script
  • Stephenie is not the writer, but would be a producer
  • Wyck Godfrey, of Twilight fame, is also involved

Anna Dressed in Blood

  • Adapted from the novel written by Kendare Blake
  • Stephenie is a producer
  • Fickle Fish Films, Stephenie Meyer’s production company, is currently developing this script
  • Stephenie is not the writer, but would be a producer
  • Wyck Godfrey, of Twilight fame, is also involved

As for how Stephenie views the future of her production company she told Deadline Hollywood, “I would prefer right now for it to be one passion project at a time. I don’t see it being this great big company where we’re doing dozens of projects. I would like to get one book that we love, make it into a movie then look into another one. It’s too hectic otherwise.”

 

Stephenie Meyer’s Production Company to Produce Anna Dressed in Blood

According to the LA Times

And Meyer has a juicy new project, The Times has learned: “Anna Dressed in Blood,” a young-adult ghost story from the acclaimed author Kendare Blake.

Blake’s book is a supernatural tale about a man named Cas who travels the world killing the dead — he’s a ghost hunter, essentially — but runs up against a vexing case in the ghost of Anna, a woman who was brutally murdered in 1958 and who continues to haunt a small-town home.

The book generated hugely positive reviews when it came out last summer. And wouldn’t you know it: Critics are already comparing it to a certain blockbuster franchise. “Cinematic and compelling. Blake’s smooth combination of gore and romance should have little problem attracting the Twilight crowd,” wrote Booklist.

This is the the second book that is loosely in this genre that Stephenie’s company has optioned. The other is the Lois Duncan classic, Down a Dark Hall.

Stephenie Meyer Talks What She’s Writing Now, Twilight Reflections, and The Host with THR

In a new and very in-depth interview with THR Stephenie Meyer talks about where she is in her writing, what her hopes for The Host are, and reflections on Twilight and the movie industry. A brief snippet is below, but it’s an entire must read on THR!

 

THR: How far are you on the second book?

SM: Not very far. It’s been a really challenging last year. There just hasn’t been a lot of time for writing.

THR: Where do you see the story progressing?

SM: Not having written it doesn’t mean you don’t know everything that’s going to happen. I have very detailed outlines, I do a lot of outlining to the point where there’s dialogue in my outlines. The outline for this is about 50 pages long. It gets very in depth. So I know exactly what’s going to happen, There’s a lot you can do with a science fiction world. There’s a lot of exploration you can do, so there’s a lot of different directions.

THR: The first book was a hefty one. How long will the next book be?

SM: I don’t have any idea. It usually surprises me. I always think I’m going to be able to tell something in a shorter period of time than it takes me, which I’m sure is a big flaw, but I think it’s gonna be shorter than the first one.

THR: How many books do you see in the series?

SM: Three. I have a pretty good end arc in mind for it, so hopefully that will happen.

THR: And you’re planning to adapt them all to film?

SM: I think they’d like to keep going. That’s the conversation I’ve had. I think the biggest hold up is the fact that I’m writing so slow.

Stephenie Meyer to Make THR’s Hot Author List

Tomorrow, THR is expected to come out with their list of the hottest selling authors in Hollywood. Stephenie Meyer has made the list. THR tweeted out this photo of Stephenie with Jake Abel and Diane Kruger in advance of the publication.

SPOILERS: Stephenie Meyer Address Breaking Dawn 2 Battle Questions

stephenieMeyerHeadshot2Stephenie Meyer updated her website with some information about the final battle scene in Breaking Dawn Part 2.

Warning!  Spoilers!

I’m not kidding!

Don’t read on if you haven’t seen the film, please!

First, Stephenie talks about the fact that Aro actually does see a “battle” in his head as he looks at Bella.  This is the justification and the reason why the battle scene works for her and doesn’t “change” the story as she saw it.  Here is what she said:

The question, which I got frequently, was how I felt about having a big change inserted into the story during the final climax. My answer was that it didn’t feel like such a huge departure. For me, this moment is already in the book. However, we don’t get to see it in all its exciting and gory detail because we are seeing the world only through Bella’s eyes. A few of the reporters I talked to wanted to know where in the book this moment was hidden. The answer is page 738, fourth paragraph down:

“Aro stared into my eyes for a long, tense moment. I had no idea what he was searching for, or what he found, but after he had measured me for that moment, something in his face changed, a faint shift in the set of his mouth and eyes, and I knew that Aro had made his decision.”

In this short analysis, after Bella has revealed the depth of her power, Aro plays out in his head the probable outcome of a battle with the Cullens. Much like what we see in the movie, Aro foresees a more evenly matched fight than he had expected, the loss of too many of his key players, and—most unacceptable—the likelihood of his own death. Though odds are that the Volturi would have come out on top in the end, Aro wouldn’t have lived to see it and the unassailable nature of the Volturi’s authority would have been broken, possibly forever. It is this vision of the future—though imperfect guesswork on his part—that motivates his retreat.

 In case it’s been a while since you’ve read the book, the moment Stephenie is referring to is on page 738 of the hard back version. Also, Edward explains it in detail, having read Aro’s mind. You can read his explanation on pages 744-745. So it is there, as Stephenie said.  

The other issue that has had fans in a quandary is that Alice has said she can’t see the wolves or Renesmee in the future.  So then, how did she see that big battle in the first place?  We attempted to answer the question to make it fit into Stephenie’s mythology to a point.  But here is what Steph said:

Are there a few little trespasses against the mythology in this vision? Yes, as some of you have pointed out. The consensus was that a minor deviation from what had been established was forgivable in the name of entertainment. I had a few very elaborate solutions, but they were too confusing and not nearly as cinematic as the final product. And obviously, the result was very entertaining.

Stephenie also lets us in on a little secret… she would have done the ending differently!  She would have killed MORE Cullens!  I’m not sure if the fandom could have taken it, she states that killed off Edward would have made the battle and obvious unreal vision.

The post ends with a thank you to the fans:

It was really something to get to spend a little time with the fans at the BD2 events, and to watch the movie at the premiere with so many of them. It was the best experience I’ve ever had at a Twilight movie, and a perfect conclusion to my personal Twilight experience. I hope you also enjoyed the movie, and each other, for this last big bang. You, the readers and viewers, are the ones who have made this whole ten-year experience into something unbelievable and amazing, and I thank you so much for it. I hope I get to see some of you again in March (shameless The Host plug), because it makes me too sad to think that my relationship with my readers is ending, too.

So what do you think? Did this clear up anything?  Can you live with her explanation that they let the mythology go for a moment for a better cinematic effect?  And are you going to follow her to her next big movie, The Host?  Leave us a comment!

Read the whole post at StephenieMeyer.com.

Video: Stephenie Meyer Plays Trivia With Breaking Dawn Campers

Stephenie Meyer took 5 lucky people out to dinner who won rounds of trivia with her at the end of the soundtrack concert yesterday. She was also presented with the giant thank you card that fans signed. The video is a little choppy because her comingout was kind of a surprise at the end and all the professional cameras raced back to catch it and were crossing my shot, but it gets better at the end.