Set in a post-apocalyptic future in which alien Souls have taken over the bodies of unwitting humans, “The Host” follows one such interloper named Wanderer, who isn’t quite able to shake the Earthling Melanie within. The movie version, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, is slated for a March 2013 release. Until now, Stephenie’s played coy regarding a follow-up to the best-seller, though she went on record with THR about her progress and plans for the future.
“I have very detailed outlines, I do a lot of outlining to the point where there’s dialogue in my outlines,” Stephenie explained of the gestating sequel. “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.”
So many different directions, in fact, that Stephenie intends for the extra-terrestrial tale to span three volumes.
“I have a pretty good end arc in mind for it, so hopefully that will happen,” she said.
Focusing on writing has been difficult, though, what with her work as a producer on the film. Then there’s the fact that it’s become increasingly difficult to separate the characters in her head from the one she sees daily on celluloid.
“I really try hard not to do that. I kind of have to kick Jake and Diane [Kruger] out of my head, and all the rest of them, and go back to the original look of the characters to help out,” she mused. “I’ll go back and re-read the first novel to get back into the world. I have to do that frequently because every time I get pulled away, I have to immerse myself again and so it’s a slow process to get started writing. It goes a lot faster if you can just stick to it.”
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