Today, Stephenie Meyer’s sixth book-to-film adaptation (and her first non-Twilightfare) hits theaters. The Host, a science-fiction romance set in a post-apocalyptic reality marks Meyer’s first novel catering to an adult audience, and revolves around a world where human bodies become the host for alien residents.
The Daily Beast asked the bestselling author—whose novels have sold more than 220 million copies worldwide—her favorite movie romances of all time, which she narrowed down to 10 filmic couplings.
Here are Meyer’s picks:-
"James McAvoy—as if you need any more descriptor other than just… James McAvoy. If you haven’t seen it, see it. It’s such a lovely fairytale because it feels like a children’s story in some ways. It seems almost illustrated. The visuals are so fairytale-like, heightened and surreal. It’s a lovely, sweet little romance. Sometimes, it bothers me when the problems that come between people are easily surmountable. That’s why I write complicated love stories, where there’s an actual problem—as in you have an alien in your head—it’s not your normal, everyday, “Well, we just don’t get along” story. So in Penelope, there was a true misunderstanding, and there was a reason for it and the logic lined up. It was so sweet and adorable and… James McAvoy."
(500) Days of Summer (2009)
"Romantic comedies in some ways have stalled out a little bit, where we are seeing the same thing. And it’s rare when you can break through and [they] feel fresh and exciting again. Sometimes the stereotypes get so insulting. They’re there, and we know what they are. (500) Days of Summer is this completely novel way of doing things. Having become more involved with filmmakers, the creation and the way the story is told is probably more fascinating to me than it would have been before. [The director] breaks all these rules and I remember sitting there with my mouth open in the theater when they did the “Expectations vs. Reality” split screen. I was like, “This is genius!” because that is how we see things and how we experience them and no one has ever visualized it like this before. And, of course, Joseph Gordon Levitt. I love Zooey Deschanel too, and they made an adorable couple. It felt very real because it wasn’t all candy canes and bubblegum, it was: “Sometimes they don’t like you as much as you like them.”
Notting Hill (1999)
"I’ve always been a sucker for Notting Hill, I don’t know why, and I don’t know why I can’t change the channel when that movie comes on. It’s so cute. It was one of my last favorite romantic comedies for a long time."
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