With the Stephenie Meyer-authored The Host coming into theaters, that begs the question of whether a body snatching scenario is a likely venue for aliens to reach Earth.
The movie is based on the best-selling novel from 2008. Like many stories by the Twilight series author, there’s a conflicted love story as well. Instead of a love triangle, it’s a four-way. The alien inhabiting a human body falls in love with a guy, but the host body still pines for her boyfriend. What’s a part-girl, part-alien to do?
Reading this novel was great inspiration for me as I was working on my book Mute, which is also about body snatching, but in a more covert way.
The science fiction angle in The Host is an alien race that only exists by taking hold in other high-functioning species. The Wanderer has been on many planets and taken many forms. When she needs a new body, she gets rocketed to another location in a compact case and the aliens, who have taken control of these planets, find a host for her. The aliens demand complete domination of all members of the host species and they’re trying to wipe out the remaining ranks of the human resistance.