Stephenie Meyer in November of 2008 and March 19, 2013
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03/21/2013 at 11:00 AM EDT
author Stephenie Meyer has a new movie – and an even more dramatic new look!
Wearing a floral dress, a black cardigan and bold red lipstick, Meyer, 39, showed off her dramatic weight loss at Tuesday's Hollywood premiere of The Host
, based on her 2008 science-fiction romance novel.
"It's kind of an alien love story," director Andrew Niccol has told PEOPLE
The movie – due to hit theaters March 29 – stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie, one of the world's last remaining free spirits.
As an alien named Wanderer assumes control of Melanie's soul, Melanie's remaining emotions still draw her to a handsome human named Jared (Max Irons).