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Movie Alert: The Giver Movie Trailer

Hi guys!

Well,  a lot has been happening in the world of YA books turned to films! We have Divergent releasing on Friday (I’m going to try to go see it on Sunday afternoon!) and The Maze Runner trailer dropped two nights ago! I have to say that I’m a little nervous about Divergent but have high expectations for The Maze Runner movie!

Well, I was on Twitter tonight and was reminded about the film adaptation of The Giver by Lois Lowry. I had forgotten all about it! It wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally read The Giver, but when I finally did it was clear why it is considered such a classic. So, here’s the trailer!


I was surprised to see Katie Holmes so that’s interesting. Also, it’s not in black and white….I feel like it should be, but there is still hope…hopefully?! I just wonder how they’re going to get across all the…”giving”…I don’t want to be a spoiler! I must say that as a school librarian, I’m just excited whenever a YA book to film happens because my circulation goes up, which just means that more students are reading! YAY!

So, what do you think about the trailer?!

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Tasty Thoughts on The Hunger Games Movie

Okay, so I will preemptively say that although I don’t think there are actual spoilers in this post, if you’re afraid then stay away!

Hunger Games movie posterMy husband and I went to the midnight showing of The Hunger Games movie Thursday night!  What an experience!  I’d never been to a midnight showing before and I’m so glad I did for this one.  There was such an energy of excitement and community  in the theater.  I even made friends with the teenage girls next to me and we discussed cute boys and books.

So, what did I think of the movie?   Overall I was incredibly happy with the film adaptation of one of my favorite books!  It has some small flaws, but they were so minor I’m not even going to discuss them here.  I want to focus on why I loved The Hunger Games movie, so here are some reasons why I loved it!

1. Jennifer Lawrence.    I mean, come on!  This girl is the real deal (She’s already been nominated for an Oscar ie. Winter’s Bone)!  I can’t even imagine any other actress playing her, she did such a good job.  She played Katniss’ strength and vulnerability to a T and her fake “smile for the Capitol” act was so awkward (in a good way) and believable.  At the risk of sounding mean, someone on Twitter summed it up by saying, “I just feel sorry for the Twilight fans; they got Kristen Stewart.”

2. Caesar Flickerman.  Stanley Tucci was fabulous as the flamboyant talk show host.  In my mind he and Jennifer Lawrence completely stole the show.  Every time he was on-screen I was enthralled laughed so hard Cesear Flickermanat that almost insane and also charming smile.

3. The costumes. Costume designer Judianna Makovsky is a genius!  From the garish fashion of the Capitol to the stark clothes of The Seam, I was in awe.  The two are strongly juxtaposed against each other and the result is pure awesomeness.  I also particularly loved how the clothing of District 12 was very reminiscent of fashion during the World War II era.  Maybe its the History Major inside me, but it makes so much sense that they’d go that way.

4. The Tribute Parade scenery.   Was I the only one thinking, “Uhhh Nazi party?!”  RueThe way the banners hung reminded me of Nazi Germany circa 1939, which makes total sense because the Capitol mimics this similar totalitarian regime.  Again its the History Major inside of me, but that was what came to mind during that particular scene.

5. Rue.  Oh the cuteness is just too much!  Those sorrowful yet hopeful eyes killed me!  Oh please tell me that there will be Rue flashbacks  in the Catching Fire and Mockingjay movies!

6. The Peeta flashbacks.  I was wondering how Gary Ross would explain the strange history between Katniss and Peeta and I was very pleased with the almost stilted way he chose to do so.  You saw the story in actual choppy images, which was great because  my memories don’t flow like movies or plays, they’re all Peeta Breadchopped up into scenes.  (Hopefully that doesn’t mean I’m crazy).

7. The Father flashback.  Again, I loved the choppy way of showing this part of the story.  But I also thought the timing was right.  Ross chose to make this what Katniss thinks of while unconscious from the Tracker Jacker stings.

8. Fox-Face.  I’ve always been intrigued by Fox-Face, the sly and mysterious Tribute form District 5.  The scenes where she is just dashes in, grabs what she needs and dashes out again are so funny!  I love how Katniss keeps coming across Fox-Face and is both amused and hugely respectful of her.  I think Katniss feels a small semblance of connection with Fox-Face.

9. The Cave Scene.  I LOVED the book’s version of the cave scene and all the kissing. But I’m actually kinda happy that the movie’s version was much milder. Hollywood has a tendency to make romantic scenes mildly pornographic, so I’m surprised that they chose to do a chaster version.  I’m glad, I like my imagined version much better anyway  hehehe :p

10. Effie and Haymitch. These two were so well casted.  I’ve always liked them and their reluctant Hunger Games movie ticketpartnership and the film does a good job of illustrating this.  It seems like they don’t hate each other, but that they do put up with each other. In my dream world Effie and Haymitch would eventually realize they’ve loved each other all along!

Obviously there were tons of other things I enjoyed about the movie, but this post would be miles long if I wrote about all of them!  Have you seen it yet?  What were your thoughts?  (PS Don’t mind the creepiness of the picture, it was dark and I wanted to get close enough to read the ticket!)

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In My Mailbox (8)

In my mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren with the purpose of helping bloggers get to know each other and to highlight books!

This was was slow in the receiving book department, but not in the totally fun and awesome book related goodies department!

Obviously, the world knows that The Hunger Games movie comes out this coming Friday, March 23 at 12:01 a.m.!!! *squeals with anticipation*

My husband and I have our tickets to the midnight showing and this will be the first midnight showing we’ve ever gone to before!  I’m super excited and can’t stop watching the trailers.

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Well, on Thursday the 22nd, I get to host a Hunger Games party in my school’s Media Center!  We have about 65 students attending and are going to be doing some fun activities.  But with that I’ve also had to get a hold of awesome raffle/giveaway prizes for the students.  So, of course I’ve hit up Barnes and Noble and Hot Topic to purchase some fun Hunger Games paraphernalia.

I also  contacted Lionsgate Films and asked for some free movie promotional materials to give to my students, and a few days later got a response saying they’d send some posters.  I expected like maybe two or three posters, so imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found 10 movie posters, a pack of 50 Hunger Games lanyards, and 50 3-D Katniss bookmarks!!  So, a humongous thank you (THANK YOU!!) to Lionsgate Films for sending these to my students!  With all this swag everyone will leave the party with at least one cool Hunger Games item!

Earlier I mentioned that I went shopping for some cool Hunger Games merchandise.  20120317-235642.jpgI got a cool Peeta and Katniss mug and some bookmarks, a mockingjay sweat band bracelet, a Gale key chain and a journal .  I’ll also be getting two movie tickets for one lucky student.  But in the mix of my Hunger Games shopping extravaganza, I had to treat myself to a mockingjay t-shirt.  So I did.

Yeaaa!!!

So, no books this week, which is okay because I have so much I already want to read sitting on my To Read Shelf.

What was in your mailbox this week?  I look forward to reading about what fun goodies everyone else received!

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Choices and Secrets: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice has a choice to make.

She is sixteen and in her society when people hit this milestone its time to make the biggest choice of their lives;  choose one of the five factions to devote their lives to.  In Beatrice’s dystopian Chicago (sometime in the future) society, to correct the wrongs of the past,  has divided itself into five factions – each one devoted to specific virtue; Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the courageous), Abnegation (the selfless), Erudite (the intelligent) and Amity (the peaceful).

Beatrice has been raised in Abnegation, but is struggling with the selflessness that seems to come so easily to her family. She wonders if she can truly live the life of Abnegation or if she is better suited for another.  Things get worse when Beatrice’s aptitude test shows that she is mysteriously special – she’s Divergent.  Beatrice shocks her parents by choosing to leave the faction in which they raised her to join Dauntless. But once in the middle of Dauntless initiation, the consequences of Beatrice’s choice soon make themselves known and she is forced to keep a secrets and make choices so dangerous they could put her life in danger.

Honestly?  I was hesitant about another dystopian novel after the publishers started churning them out in hope of catching some of the Hunger Games’ fame.  Turns out I was so pleasantly surprised! Roth’s debut novel showcases her creativity wonderfully.  Society split up into factions based on particular moral values?  So interesting!  I love the reasoning behind each factions’ chosen value.  I actually wonder if the factions are commentaries on different sects of Christianity?  (Hmmm…if I ever meet Veronica Roth, I will ask her).  I would have liked a bit more info on the factions’ history and if the rest of the world is set up this way, or just Chicago.  Questions that will hopefully be answered in the sequel.

Beatrice, or Tris as she is known in Dauntless, is an interesting narrator.  Often times, teen fiction creates one-sided characters, but Tris is as multifaceted as you can get. She wants to be kind and selfless, and at times she is.  She is also brave and honest at the most important times (there are many).  But she is also a fragile and vulnerable  sixteen year old girl. She can also be incredibly vindictive and prideful, even towards her closest friends.  Tris is so easy to relate to, but it was also easy for me to be disappointed in her as well.  I like Tris so much, she might even be Katniss’ cousin.

Is there a romantic hero?  Oh you bet there is! His name is Four and he’s pretty much awesome. I think I’m going to have to post on my favorite YA book crushes soon.

Divergent is intended for the older teen set and does contains some definite action.  It’s all part of the Dauntless craving for bravery and adrenaline.  If you’re sensitive to violence or blood, this title might not be for you.

The sequel, Insurgent,  is due in May 2012 (Can I wait that long?!) At Divergent’s end you’re definitely let wanting more and I’m completely on board with whatever Veronica Roth has planned!

Oh and BTDubs:  Apparently there is a Divergent movie in the early stages!

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Movie Update: Hugo

I read the Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick last year although I didn’t review it (must have been before I started Book Tasty).

Anyway, it is a beautiful piece of work.  Seriously a gorgeous novel and you should read it if you haven’t.  The 526 page story is told in words and pictures so its not like anything else you’ve read.

Excited to say that the movie, Hugo is scheduled for release this November and there are some serious actors in it!  IMDB lists Jonny Depp, Jude Law, and Ben Kingsley just to name a few.

Check out the movie trailer:

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Link: After Harry Potter article

I love seeing so many young adult books being made into movies.  Even if they’re poorly done, they still get teenagers excited to read, which is 100% fine by me!  This article had a list and summary of some books to movies planned for the near future.  Obviously, I’m super excited about The Hunger Games, but there are a bunch that I’m glad to see made the list.

After Harry Potter Contenders article

Any others not mentioned on the list that I should know about?