Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Host’ Hopes: ‘I’d Love For It To Be Separate From ‘Twilight”

With Edward and Bella blissfully continuing into their small but perfect piece of forever, fans of Stephenie Meyer’s own personal brand of on-screen heroism will find solace in her next project: the alien-invasion epic “The Host,” out March 29.

When we caught up with Stephenie recently at the Sundance Film Festival, where she was promoting her producing effort “Austenland” (busy lady!), we couldn’t help but wonder if she was feeling any pre-release jitters just yet.

“It’s so beautiful. I just really want people to see it,” Stephenie said of the Saoirse Ronan-starring film. “I’m hoping they embrace it. It’s just so beautiful. It was just a joy to make too. The actors on that were so much fun, and [director] Andrew Niccol—what a darling, wonderful man.”

Given the box-office success of her other supernatural saga, it wouldn’t be surprising if Stephenie were a little apprehensive about all those great expectations.

“I feel like it’s just such a different thing,” she said. “I’d love for it to be able to be separate from ’Twilight,’ but I know that’s not possible. But it would be great. It has such a different feel, and it’s such a different world.”

A world Stephenie hasn’t left behind, as she’s currently working on the second installment—”The Seeker”—of the planned trilogy.

“I have a good day here and there, but I think it averages out to a paragraph a day,” Stephenie said of her writing progress. “It’s so slow.”

OK, but not too slow. Please?

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