by Jessica Marshall
First there was romance between a human and a vampire. Then, a love triangle between a human, a vampire and a werewolf. Srsly, what's next, humans lusting after little green men?
Actually, yes. But they are neither little nor green, nor in this case all male. They look just like us but with fluorescent eyes. And they drive really hot cars.
Stephenie Meyer's novel "The Host" is hitting the big screen this week. It carves a romantic tale within a post-apocalyptic world where parasitic aliens have taken over the human race, transforming it into a polite, pacifistic population of electric-eyed hotties with little emotional depth and great fashion sense. But they find their hold on the people of Earth challenged when one of their own gets a taste of human emotion and joins up with a rebellion (and totally falls in love with a human).
"Gattaca" and "The Truman Show" writer Andrew Niccol directs, and "The Lovely Bones"' Saoirse Ronan stars as Melanie and her alien invader, Wanda. Max Irons, Jake Abel and William Hurt co-star as rebel humans and Diane Krueger plays the unfeeling alien Soul who tries to put the kibosh on them all.
Heading to theaters to catch "The Host"? Here are a few things to do beforehand that will enhance your cinematic experience.
Read the book
Stephenie Meyer penned this slightly more sci-fi-oriented adult novel after the initial success of "Twilight." The book will treat you to more of the experience inside the shared head of Melanie the human and Wanda the alien, while the movie captures more of what goes on outside their head. You will get the best of both worlds.
Watch "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"
The concept of parasitic aliens taking over the human race by possessing their bodies is not new. We've been scaring ourselves silly with the idea since 1956, when the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" came out. Since then, Hollywood has treated us to two more versions of the film (1978 and 1993), all of which were based on a 1954 book of the same name by Jack Finney. While "The Host" takes a decidedly more romantic spin on the meme, the "Body Snatchers" films are just plain scary.
Wear colored contact lenses
The telltale sign that a parasitic alien has shacked up in a human body is the change in eye color—all possessed people have freakishly silver-blue eyes. They're oddly mesmerizing though...which makes them kind of sexy too.
Drive a silver car
These aliens are stylish. They drive the sleekest, hottest silver cars and motorcycles about the countryside as they go about their world-invading business. Rent one or borrow one, and we bet you'll take a road trip that's out of this world.
Go to a planetarium
The surviving humans hole up in a cave in the desert while they plot to overthrow the evil alien overlords. While it's pretty rough during the day, the star-scape that blankets the sky at night is pretty amazing. Treat yourself to the same romantic night sky at your local planetarium, without the desert dryness.
Bonus: Have a "Twilight Saga" marathon
Yet another excuse to relive the romance. Go on, do it!
Do you plan to see "The Host" this weekend?