Dear Stephenie Meyer:
I’m going to be honest. I don’t remember much of anything that happened in THE HOST. Aliens were involved, right? Didn’t they invade Earth and take over our bodies? And didn’t the characters play soccer in a cave?
I don’t remember any of your characters’ names. Where did the book take place? What time period? (I have NO IDEA.)
So now you’re wondering what I actually remember about your book. Mostly the feelings I felt when reading it. Pain, longing, fear, and most of all – true love.
When I finished the book, I thought, “Wow, I really loved this. It made me feel something.”
I still feel the same way now, a couple years later.
I remember more things that happened in ENDER’S GAME. Aliens (“buggers”) were involved. After having survived a horrible attack, Earthlings were preparing to defend against the buggers by training kids to defeat them. It takes place in the 22nd century. I think.
What do I remember most about the book? The feelings it invoked. Confusion, stemming from questioning authority. Paranoia. Jealousy. Fear. (Okay, okay, I remember those damn cool anti-gravity battles, and Peter’s and Valentine’s scheming.)
I remember lots of things that happened in the HIS DARK MATERIALS series. I loved those books. I can see many scenes in my mind, even though I haven’t picked up the books in years. Those books made me think. A lot. And yes, I remember the stakes were high and I cared what happened to the characters, but looking back now, I don’t feel much. Certainly not love or longing. If I had to describe those books in one word, I’d say complex.
I can describe lots of books in one word:
HARRY POTTER: Friendship
THE HUNGER GAMES: Sacrifice
WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN: WTF?
How would I describe your books in a word? Human.
That probably sounds silly, but the soul of every book you’ve written is love.
All humans want love. We crave it. We want to be wanted. I bawled when reading NEW MOON, and my husband looked at me like I was a bugger.
You’re a master at creating those feelings that make us feel like our guts are dissolving. John Green once said this about TWILIGHT: “Teenagers don’t want to read books. They want to read that book.”
I *might* just name my first kid Renesmee. *Might*
I digress. All I’m saying is that while I don’t remember what happened in THE HOST, I like how it made me feel. That’s what counts, right?
When you think about books, do you mostly remember scenes? Or do you mostly remember how you felt? What do you want to remember about a book?