"Twilight" author swaps vampires for aliens in movie "The Host"

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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Can lightning strike twice for "Twilight Saga" author Stephenie Meyer?

Meyer trades vampires for alien beings in her latest book-to-film endeavor, "The Host," opening in U.S. movie theaters on Friday.

Film distributor Open Road hopes the film will attract millions of "Twilight" fans and be the first of a new franchise, but Meyer says she Is not trying to emulate the success that took her from unknown to one of the world's best-selling young adult authors.

"I'm not trying to have another 'Twilight' phenomenon, so for me there's not a lot of pressure," Meyer, 39, told Reuters.

"All I wanted from this was for it to be really great movie. I wanted to see the visions in my head on the screen and be happy with it. That's been accomplished."

Like the "Twilight" series about a romance between a human, a vampire and a werewolf that took more than $3.3 billion at the global box office, "The Host" is also a love triangle with a female at the center. But that's where the similarities end.

"The Host" is a futuristic apocalyptic romance about alien souls who invade and take over the human race. But the story takes place mostly in the imagination of the lead character, giving Meyer some initial doubts about how the book would translate to the big screen.

"I didn't think you could film it, Meyer said. "The whole thing happens inside one person's head. I didn't think it could be visual. It wasn't until director Andrew Niccol got involved. He is the most visual person and laid it all out for me. Then it was like, oh, okay."   Continued...

Author and producer Stephenie Meyer poses at the premiere of "The Host" in Hollywood, California March 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni