Stephenie Meyer believes her step into the sci-fi world in The Host was crushed by critics eager to stomp on the film after Twilight.
The Host took in a disappointing $26 million total after opening in March and scored a 35 out of 100 from combined critic scores on Metacritic.com.
Meyer had written the best-selling novel and produced The Host, her return to film following the mega-success of the five-part Twilight series based on her novels.
"The sad thing is The Host got punished forTwilight," says Meyer. "There was such a stigma from Twilight. And because I had done The Host, it got trashed in the reviews. We got kicked around forTwilight."
"The reviews are not reflective of the film itself," she adds of The Host.
Meyer says she's used to bad reviews from her Twilight days. But since the first vampire love story film came out in 2008, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner became worldwide stars and the franchise was critic-proof.
"You could write whatever trash you wanted to write about Twilight, it could take it," says Meyer.
But The Host, a futuristic love story starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, was not able to break out.
"So I kind of felt sad, I felt like the poor little Host was being picked on," says Meyer.
But Meyer says she has taken solace watching The Host pick up since it's been released on iTunes.
"People are going onto iTunes and asking, 'Why are the reviews of the movie so bad, the movie is really good,' " says Meyer.
She's also continuing to produce, including Austenland, due out Friday. This is the first film Meyer has produced that is not from one of her novels. The film stars Keri Russell as a woman who travels to a Jane Austen theme land to live the true period romance experience.
Austenland was an official selection in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
"I am really proud of this film," says Meyer.