BECK: Well, it`s not often I can say the following two words on my television show, and that is, “Hi, honey.” Yes, my daughter — or soon to be 17-year-old daughter Hannah is watching, most likely for the first time. It has nothing to do with the show`s two-year anniversary tonight.In fact, I don`t think she even knows it`s the show`s two-year anniversary. It may be the very first time she`s watched the show.She`s watching because my next guest is one of her absolute favorite authors. Stephanie Meyer is her name. And if you have not heard of this woman yet, oh, things are about to change.
She was just named to “TIME” magazine`s top 100 most influential people of 2008 list, where they call her the new J.K. Rowling. Her first three novels have spent a combined 143 weeks on “The New York Times” bestseller list. She`s sold over five million copies.
Her first book, “Twilight,” which she wrote in three months after a dream, is currently being made into a movie, and her latest book, “The Host,” the first targeted towards adults, was just released earlier this week.
And she`s with us now, Stephanie Meyer.
STEPHANIE MEYER, AUTHOR: Thank you very much, Glenn.
BECK: I have to tell you, my daughters have been talking — I mean, yapping about “Twilight” forever. Both my daughters, Mary and Hannah, are fans of it.
I started reading this one just a few days — I`m only a few pages in. I don`t mean this — I hope you don`t take this as a slam. Are you familiar with Cormac McCarthy?
MEYER: No, I`m not.
BECK: OK. He`s a brilliant writer. Very, very different. He wrote the book “The Road.”
Your book is art. It really is. And it is fascinating to read.
MEYER: Well, thank you. I don`t know how you can take that the wrong way.
BECK: Well, because some people say, well, Cormac McCarthy, he scares me.
“The Host” — tell me the story.
MEYER: You know, it`s a little bit difficult to tell. It`s an “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” story, but it`s after the invasion`s over. It`s much more about being human than it is about being an alien. So, really, the story is science fiction that doesn`t feel like science fiction, and a romance that…
BECK: Do you think you`re going to have — I mean, because you`ve written three books. The first three books were vampire movies, and, you know — and not like Anne Rice vampire books.
BECK: Why shift gears now? You think your fans are going to — are they glad that this is not another in the “Twilight” series?
MEYER: Oh, I think they`re ready for the end of the “Twilight” series to be in their hands. But I never intended to just be a vampire author or just be a (INAUDIBLE) author. I read a little bit of everything. And I would like to be able to write a little bit of everything. So, I don`t think people should expect anything to be the same.
BECK: You`re not — I mean, you are — you are just such an amazing story. Because you really are American J.K. Rowling.
You`re a stay-at-home mom.
MEYER: I am.
BECK: You`ve got three boys.
MEYER: I do.
BECK: You had a dream. You wrote it. And it became a number one bestseller, “Twilight.”
MEYER: Yes. How weird.
Did you have any writing experience before? Because you are really good.
MEYER: Oh, well thank you. No, I really didn`t. I had a lot of reading experience. That`s all the training I had for my writing.
BECK: That`s it. And how about movie experience? Do you have — I mean, do you have your hand in the movie at all?
MEYER: A little bit. They`ve been really nice over at Summit to let me have a little bit of say over the script, a little bit of say over the actors. I got to be on set and see what they`re doing. It`s been a really fun experience for me.
BECK: I will tell you that your fans are huge. Huge. I mean, die- hard fans. If they screw this movie up, it would be — you know what I mean?
Like, I won`t go see a Stephen King movie ever again because — well, for several reasons now, but one of them is, you can`t make a good Stephen King movie. Out of all the books he`s done, there may be three movies that he`s made that are actually good.
The thing that I appreciate, and I want to thank you, as a dad of three daughters and a son, you know, I can`t even read a “Winnie the Pooh” book anymore without going, oh, jeez, I don`t agree with this. You have made a book that is not — it`s not just for teens, it`s for adults, too.
But there`s no sex in it, there`s no smoking, there`s no drinking. It`s a safe book, and yet, it is thrilling all the way through. Thank you.
MEYER: Well, you`re welcome. You know, I wrote what my personal experience was in a lot of ways. So this is the world as it appears to me. I didn`t really do any of that on purpose. It`s just kind of what came out.
BECK: And I just have to say, you have got to be the coolest — how old are your kids?
MEYER: My oldest is 10, and then I have a 7-year-old and a 6-year- old.
BECK: You have got to be the coolest mom, because you write to Muse, don`t you?
MEYER: I do. I love Muse.
BECK: You know what? My daughter was turned on to Muse by you, and she turned me on to Muse. Unbelievable.
Stephanie, thank you very much.
MEYER: Oh, you`re welcome.
BECK: Talk to you again.
The name of the book is fantastic. It is “The Host.”