Comments about ‘Unnecessary sex scene in 'The Host' may surprise Stephenie Meyer fans’

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Published: Wednesday, April 3 2013 2:55 p.m. MDT

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JimInSLC
Salt Lake City, UT

“it’s just that that’s the world we’re in.” And, the world we are in is partly due to the movie, media, and entertainment industry that has led the way. If it's not in the book why put it in the movie? If the scene was not in the movie would many of today's youth be confused, because they were so in love they should have slept together? Poor message to send.

dhsalum
Saint George, UT

Chris B, that is not your decision. God has never said it is okay, so I'll trust him over you.

jean22
Bountiful, UT

Disappointed.

hermounts
Pleasanton, CA

I wonder if any other LDS viewers thought the movie (I didn't read the book) was a parable about free agency versus Satan's plan?

Sambonethegreat
Logan, UT

Yawn. Only the DesNews could publish an article like this and claim it as news.

milhouse
Atlanta, GA

Wait, hold on. The Twilight novels were about nothing but sex. Traditional values teach willing abstinence, not desperate longing.

Phargo
Rexburg, ID

Seems Stephanie Meyer is having difficulty maintaining who she is in her new successful world. Or, maybe she was just fictitious before in her own character. Regardless, the "Twilight" movies got worse in screenwriting quality (at least the first to what I overheard in the fourth). I suppose this new attempt at entertainment will follow suit. Since I won't be wasting my money on it, I may never know.

ParkCityAggie
Park City, Ut

Oh no, premarital sex? How unrealistic, that never happens anywhere to anyone, ever! Wow! I'm shocked!

John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

Meyer has sold out to the Modern entertainment industry which does everything it can to attack traditional marriage and family. She apparently values a few extra pieces of silver over keeping impressionable youth safe from the devastating consequences of immorality.

Northwest Reader
Vancouver, WA

And yet Sambonethegreat and all the people who liked your comment ended up reading it anyway.

DistantThunder
Vincentown, NJ

Sex is the lowest common denominator between a man and a woman so of course Hollywood is obsessed with it.

statman
Lehi, UT

Except the premarital sex that probably happened in the book, happened when they thought they were the only humans left on the planet. When there's nobody else left to sanction a marriage, if saying - umm I think we're together now - enough to say that they're married? I'd say yes...

And I say 'probably happened' because it didn't ever say that it did' at least not in the first half of the book. That's all I could stomach. There's only so many pages of living in caves and nothing happening that a guy can take...

lauralynn
Castro Valley, CA

I've read the book The Host and it's one of my favorites. I haven't seen the movie yet because I'm unable to go to the theater and I couldn't figure out why they kept calling it a love story. Now it makes more sense, but I don't like that they strayed so far from the book.

OneAmerican
Idaho Falls, ID

"Thanks to the 'Twilight' series, entertainment media have long associated Meyer's work with conservative sexual standards, particularly abstinence before marriage."

That's funny. I don't recall there being a delineation between depicting pre-marital and marital sex so far as what is appropriate for the LDS audience, particularly teens. I don't think the "For The Stength of Youth" pamphlet says "Wholesome entertainment includes depicting sexual relations, so long as those engaging in it are married." Meyer has never been a role model for "wholesome entertainment" for teens and I find no surprise that she has included even a tame sex scene in her latest movie. The question is, why include the scene in the movie in the first place when she knows the tweens and teens will be wanting to see it. I can only come up with one answer...sex sales...and creates a larger age demographic for the movie.

DaveKnowsWhatsUp
Bloomington, IN

I don't think it's up to us to judge Meyer's spiritual state.

If you don't like it, don't watch it. The book was interesting, but I didn't even know they made a movie of it until this article. As for me, I'm going back to the BYU section to antagonize Chris B, then maybe I'll go outside for a while.

BYU Track Star
Los Angeles, CA

In the make believe movie world of "the Host" There is no LDS Church or hierarchy, No Temples to be sealed in and No Government to get a marriage license as far as I could see. With the world ended where does that leave the surviving humans? Frustrated I would imagine, if they were letter of the law people. The only Biblical guidance for an end of the world event seems to be multiply and replenish the earth. What did Lot and his Daughters do after Sodom fell? Read Genesis again and find out. Is it me ? I also never figured out where all the women can from after Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden. It takes two to begat afterall.

Wingnut1
USA, UT

I don't care how people would've acted "in that situation" I'm not saying anyone would act differently. However, we still don't need to see that because it allows nasty thoughts to enter our brains. My friends tried to get me to go watch it the other night, and i am very glad that i refused :)

Oceanside
Utah/outside of Utah, UT

Just another example of someone entering the world of celebrities and now too cool and prideful to keep their standards a priority. No surprise and somewhat predictable. I won't be taking anyone to see it nor buying it on DVD after because she WAS known for what she has purported to believe and value in the past and it's not okay, in my book, to blatantly go against values for whatever blows in the wind. Bad example to LDS kids in other words...

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

I saw it. Stephanie sold out. I'm very disappointed.

axle
Riverton, UT

Look at this a little deeper. Sex is part of life, what separates us from the animals is that we have the ability to lend the subject a little dignity. We know it goes on but we can choose to keep it private, and respectable. Every time we choose to bring it out in the open for all to see it tears it down and makes it a little more carnal. This author seems to have a bit of an obsession with putting sexual scenarios in her work and the movie industry is always willing to take it a step too far. We can easily depict a couple in a way that lets us assume they are having sexual relations without tearing it down or making it something ugly, this didn't need to happen.

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