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Allegiant by Veronica Roth | Book and Movie Screening Contest/Giveaway!

The ALLEGIANT movie is coming!!

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Thanks to the wonderful folks at Lionsgate, I have a special post and offer today for all you Divergent series fans. Want to see the Allegiant movie before anyone else? I’ve got an opportunity for one grand prize winner (a resident of IL or WI) to win passes to an advanced screening!

I’m so excited and thrilled that this series has become so big! Aside from Twilight and The Hunger Games, DIVERGENT became one of the biggest YA series-to-movies yet and the Allegiant movie is going to be epic!

If you haven’t seen the movie trailer yet, you can check that out plus cast and movie info below! 

ALLEGIANT

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim, Bill Skarsgård, Nadia Hilker, and Naomi Watts
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Based on: The Novel ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth

The third installment of the blockbuster Divergent series franchise, ALLEGIANT takes Tris [Shailene Woodley] and Four [Theo James] into a new world, far more dangerous than ever before.

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

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So what do you think?? Are you pumped to see Allegiant!? 

ALLEGIANT CONTEST!

The amazing folks at Lionsgate have offered a giveaway for five lucky winners!
** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR ILLINOIS AND WISCONSIN RESIDENTS ** I wish that we could include everyone but this is a regional giveaway!
Five winners will win an Allegiant-themed prize pack and one grand-prize winner will two advanced-screening passes to the movie in either Chicago, IL or Wauwatosa, WI!

RULES:

  • IL OR WI RESIDENTS ONLY. This is a regional giveaway based on the possibility of winning the grand prize to attend the screening in Chicago or Wauwatosa!
  • If you are the grand prize winner, you will be invited to the advanced screening at 7pm on Tuesday, March 15th in your respective city. Please make sure you are able to attend before entering the contest!
  • The contest will be open through March 10th and the winner will be selected randomly by Lionsgate on March 11th at noon!
  • Visit the link below to enter the contest! 

Go forth and enter! And good luck!! 

ENTER THE ALLEGIANT CONTEST AND GIVEAWAY! 

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks | Book and Movie Screening Contest/Giveaway!

Are you ready for THE CHOICE?

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Thanks to the wonderful folks at Lionsgate, I have a special post today all about Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-movie release, THE CHOICE!

I was immediately hooked on THE NOTEBOOK when I first saw the movie back in 2004 (WOW, that was over ten years ago already?!) and quickly went back to read the book. Shortly thereafter, I began picking up even more Nicholas Sparks books because I was so quickly captivated and wanted more!

If you haven’t seen the movie trailer yet, Nicholas Sparks’ latest book-to-movie THE CHOICE is hitting theaters on Tuesday, February 5th (and boy, does it look goooood). Every time I see one of these trailers, it always makes me instantly want to go back and pick up the book (if I haven’t read it yet)! Check out the trailer below along with movie and cast info!

Cast: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer, Maggie Grace, Alexandra Daddario, Tom Welling, Brett Rice, and Tom Wilkinson
Based on: The novel by Nicholas Sparks

When feisty medical student Gabby Holland moves in next door to perennial ladies’ man Travis Shaw, they embark on a surprising romantic journey neither imagined possible. Travis has always believed a serious relationship would cramp his easygoing lifestyle, while Gabby is preparing to settle down with her long-term boyfriend—until an irresistible attraction between the unlikely couple upends both of their well-planned lives. Spanning a decade and tracing the evolution of a love affair that is ultimately tested by life’s most defining events, this story features a memorable ensemble of friends and family in Sparks’s beloved North Carolina setting, culminating with the question that every couple must ask themselves:  how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

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So what do you think of the trailer?  I swear, these just suck me in. 

THE CHOICE CONTEST!

The amazing folks at Lionsgate have offered a giveaway for five lucky winners!
** PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GIVEAWAY IS ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR ILLINOIS AND WISCONSIN RESIDENTS ** I wish that we could include everyone but this is a regional giveaway!
Five winners will receive a physical copy of THE CHOICE by Nicholas Sparks and one grand-prize winner will two advanced-screening passes to the movie in either Chicago, IL or Wauwatosa, WI as well as a copy of the book!

RULES:

  • IL OR WI RESIDENTS ONLY. This is a regional giveaway based on the possibility of winning the grand prize to attend the screening in Chicago or Wauwatosa!
  • If you are the grand prize winner, you will be invited to the advanced screening at 7pm on Monday, February 1st in your respective city. Please make sure you are able to attend before entering the contest!
  • The contest will be open through January 29th and the winner will be selected randomly by Lionsgate on 1/29 at noon!
  • Visit the link below to enter the contest! 

Go forth and enter! And good luck!! 

ENTER THE CHOICE CONTEST AND GIVEAWAY! 

Fortnight of Fright 2015 | Halloween Movies for Scaredy Cats (Katrina from Bookish Things and More)

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Welcome to our third annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2015

Thanks for checking out the THIRD annual edition of FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT where Alyssa (Books Take You Places), Amy (Tripping Over Books), and I bring you two full weeks of Halloween-related posts! We’ve invited bloggers, authors, and book lovers alike to share their favorite things about Halloween and we feature a new person and post each day. 

Today, Katrina from Bookish Things and More is sharing her favorite Halloween movies for people who don’t like/can’t handle horror (like me)!


I love Halloween.  It’s one of my favorite holidays, which is shocking because I don’t like to be scared.  I haven’t been to a haunted house since I was about 7 or 8 because of a bad experience that stuck with me.  But I do love dressing up.  I love helping my kids get ghoulish, or sparkly, depending on which child.  We also love watching Halloween movies.  Luckily they are like me and prefer the fun, cute ones. So without more rambling, here are my top picks for mild Halloween movies.

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Hocus Pocus

This is probably one of my favorite movies ever.  It’s also the first movie I saw in theaters.  We’ve watched this movie so much we’ve had to buy multiple copies of the DVD.

Halloweentown

Halloweentown Quartet

These movies are so much fun.  They bring out the ghouls and goblins in a way that isn’t terrifying.

Ernest Scared Stupid

Ernest Scared Stupid

I am most definitely a sucker for the Ernest movies.  This one may have terrified me when I was little, but I couldn’t stop watching it, and want to watch it with the kiddos.

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Tim Burton Movies

I would get specific, but you can watch pretty much any of these during October.  I watch them all the time, even when it’s not a spooky month.  

Some of my favorite actually scary movies

Actually Scary Movies

There are a few scary movies that I will watch even though they can be terrifying for some: Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.


Thanks, Katrina! These are some of my favorite Halloween movies too! You can never go wrong with Hocus Pocus and I loved Halloweentown though I don’t think I’ve seen the last two! 

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What are some of your favorite Halloween movies? Do you go more for horror or funny?

Fortnight of Fright 2014: Hocus Pocus (Morgan from Gone With the Words)

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Welcome to our third annual FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT event!
October 17th – October 31st, 2013

Two years ago, Alyssa (Books Take You Places) and I really bonded over our mutual love of Halloween and came up with the idea for A FORTNIGHT OF FRIGHT: a two-week long event celebrating everything Halloween and horror-related! We decided to bring it back again for the third annual Fortnight of Fright event, this time along with Amy (Tripping Over Books), so this event is brought to you by all of the gals from On the Same Page!

Today, Morgan from Gone With the Words is telling us all about one of her favorite Halloween movies (and one of mine too!) — HOCUS POCUS! I’ll let her take it away!


First off, writing a blog post about something you love so much is HARD. I get it now! I just want to shout HOCUS POCUS. Sistahhhhs! Boooooook! And hope everyone understands me and nods along happily. Which most of you might, but just in case I will attempt professionalism of the fangirl variety.



When I began thinking of a Halloween blog post to contribute to A Fortnight of Fright, my mind kept circling back to the Sanderson Sisters. If anyone asked me what the greatest Halloween movie of all time is, I would answer Hocus Pocus without hesitation.

It’s not just because it’s one of my favorite movies in general — I’ll watch it in July, March, December, anytime, in addition to all of October. Heck, I’ve watched it twice in the same day before. It’s also because I’ve never met or talked to another person who doesn’t like Hocus Pocus! Seriously. I don’t even know what I’d do if I met someone who disliked it. It’s practically a requirement of our generation! The official Disney Fan Club, D23, even held a screening last year to celebrate the movie’s 20th anniversary!


For those who haven’t seen it, Hocus Pocus is an American horror comedy from 1993 about a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are inadvertently resurrected by a cynical teenager, his younger sister, and his crush. It’s the perfect blend of spookiness, sass, humor, magic, and Halloween spirit. There are cute boys, talking cats, evil witches, and a book made out of human skin. In other words, it has everything!

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It’s creepy AND silly and the perfect blend of Halloween elements. Small New England town, beautiful fall colors, graveyards, crumbling witchcraft museum. The historical accuracy is questionable to say the least but I gladly overlook it in favor of childhood memories and cheesy goodness. Honestly though, how did Winifred learn what a driver’s permit is?! And is this the most times that the word virgin has ever been spoken in a children’s movie? Those darn black flame candles…

 

The first time I saw Hocus Pocus was in a small local theater when I was 7 years old. I was with my parents and my little sister, and all I remember was thinking the movie was so scary! Haha!! The beginning is definitely creepy and seeing nooses and dangling feet isn’t exactly child-friendly. Nowadays, ABC Family and many other channels play it constantly throughout September and October. Even though I know I watched it a lot as a kid, it became a real favorite in college. I bought the dvd and watched it All. The. Time. Still do 😉 And this time of year not a day goes by where I don’t see someone (LOTS of someones!) mention Hocus Pocus on social media. I love it!! After all, if you don’t tweet about it, did it really happen?

The best way to enjoy Hocus Pocus, in my opinion, is with friends, cozy sweaters, mugs of hot chocolate or tea and baked goods! Preferably Halloween funfetti cupcakes or something equally festive, with spice or caramel in the name. Or those Pillsbury sugar cookies with Halloween designs on them 🙂 But I’ve been known to watch it by myself ohhhh, all the time.

I love the bewitching quality of the opening scene, and of Sarah Jessica Parker’s creepy song later in the movie. I love Thackery Binx, even though Thackery is a completely stupid name and I want to call him Zachary. I love that I was the same age as Dani when the movie came out. I love the three little girls dressed as the Sanderson Sisters. I love BOOOOOOOOK and I put a spell on you (Hello Salem!)…. I just love it all. The characters. The cute brother-sister relationship, and Max’s crush on Alison. I love Winifred’s statue too, wish they would add it to the Haunted Mansion grounds at Disneyland.

Hocus Pocus was released in July 1993 and didn’t do particularly well at the box office but has become a beloved cult classic for good reason. It’s Halloween in movie form- I’m still looking for two friends to dress up as the Sanderson sisters with me someday!

Thanks to On the Same Page for hosting A Fortnight of Fright, and thanks to Brittany for hosting my guest post on her blog!

Let me know in the comments: have you seen Hocus Pocus? Do you watch it every year? What’s your favorite Halloween movie?

Top Ten Tuesday: April 29, 2014 – Top Ten Books If You Like This TV Show/Movie

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic: 
Top Ten Books If You Like This TV Show/Movie

I’ve actually been thinking about book and movie/TV show comparison for a looong time but never quite put the post together so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is perfect! I can finally compile my list of book and TV/movie comparisons!

            

Heist Society // Ocean’s 11
Because HEISTS

                

Before I Fall // Mean Girls + Groundhog Day
Because IT’S THE SAME DAY AND YOU STILL CAN’T SIT WITH US

             

 Being Sloane Jacobs // The Parent Trap
Because SWITCHING LIVES

                 

Forgotten // 50 First Dates
Because WHO ARE YOU AGAIN?

                   

Ten // I Know What You Did Last Summer
Because WHO IS MURDERING ALL MY FRIENDS?

                  

The 5th Wave // The Faculty
Because ARE WE HUMAN OR ARE WE OTHER WORLDLY BEINGS?

                   

Also Known As // Barely Lethal
Because TEENAGE SPIES AND THESE COVERS ARE THE SAME THING

                   

Better Off Friends // When Harry Met Sally
Because THAT’S WHAT THE  BOOK WAS BASED ON

                  

The Reece Malcolm List // Pitch Perfect
Because ACA-SCUSE ME? SINGING ROCKS.

 

** I don’t even think Barely Lethal is out yet but how could I NOT use it? That’s PERFECT and you bet I will be seeing it if it’s anything like Also Known As!

Top Ten Tuesday – September 10, 2013: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I Would Love To See As A Movie/TV Show

AWESOME ADVENTURE MOVIES

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Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy #1) – Leigh Bardugo 
Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) – Leigh Bardugo

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Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) – Marissa Meyer
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2) – Marissa Meyer

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Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) – Veronica Rossi
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2) – Veronica Rossi
Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky #0.5) – Veronica Rossi

(I don’t understand why but my Ready Player One graphic decided not to work and I didn’t find out until I got to work so…. now I can’t fix it. Sigh. Please enjoy the other graphics and pretend this one is here. Thanks!)

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

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The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) – Alexandra Bracken

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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Steifvater
The Dream Thieves (The Raven Boys #2) – Maggie Stiefvater

CHICK FLICKS, DRAMAS, COMEDIES

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Meant To Be – Lauren Morrill

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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

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Heist Society (Heist Society #1) – Ally Carter

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The Beginning of Everything (review to come!)

I chose all of my selections to be movies. Let’s face it… The Grisha Trilogy? The Lunar Chronices? MUST be epic movies. Heist Society is  just like Ocean’s 11 and I always pictured Meant to Be as an adorable romantic comedy!

Top Ten Tuesday – July 9, 2013: Top Ten Best or Worst Movie Adaptations

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!
This week’s topic: Top Ten Best or Worst Movie Adaptations

  

Harry Potter. Are you even surprised? <3

  

THE HUNGER GAMES

  

THE PRINCESS BRIDE: The book and the movie are almost identical. LOVE IT.

  

THE NOTEBOOK: I liked the movie better than the book, to be honest…

  

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

  

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS: Maybe not the greatest adaptation, but I love the movie.

  

LITTLE WOMEN: ’nuff said.

  

THE BABY SITTERS CLUB: Hell to the yes.

  

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: I’m actually not sure I’ve read the original story, but Beauty and the Beast may be one of my favorite movies of all time. Had to go on the list.

  

MATILDA

  

CHARLIE/WILLA WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: I never saw the creepy Johnny Depp adaptation. I mean…. Gene Wilder. Come on.

  

JUMANJI: Remember back when I was surprised that Jumanji was a book? Silly me. We had this read to us back in the day when we had library class and we say on carpet squares.

Shame on me because I love these movies BUT haven’t read the books they’re adapted from… SHAME!

      

A LITTLE PRINCESS
WHITE OLEANDER
MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

The movies I DIDN’T think were adapted well…

 

The Twilight Saga: Do I love the books? Yes. Did I love the movies? Yes. Did I think they were well done? Hell no. I said goodbye to the Twilight Saga when the last movie came out and went on a min-rant… Eh. I still enjoyed them. What can you say!
One for the Money: I went and saw the movie and… Eh. I love Katherine Heigl but that was not my Joe Morelli. I just think it didn’t quite make a good movie and I feel like it kind of flopped. So sad!
Confessions of a Shopaholic: Love Isla Fisher as well but……… Becky is British. The fact that it was adapted as an American movie, okay fine. But it just threw me off. There were some little things that got changed that I didn’t think needed to be and… Eh. The movie did not catch me.
The Nanny Diaries: I can’t remember why I disliked this movie so much… I think it didn’t follow the book very closely, if I remember correctly. I remember being upset!
The Lovely Bones: I actually wasn’t in love with the book, but the movie just seemed….. weird.
Water for Elephants: I never even finished this movie. I really liked the book and it was interesting but I never, ever saw Reece Witherspoon as the lead character. It was just weird that she was so much older than Robert Pattinson and that’s not how I saw it at all. I just never got into the movie and didn’t even finish it.
One Day: I actually the book BECAUSE the movie was coming out…… And another movie I didn’t finish. I love Anne Hathaway, I really like Jim Sturgess…. But Anne Hathaway was also not a believable Brit and I didn’t get their chemistry together. Eh.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: LOVED these books but I tried to watch the movie and it was 1) boring because I knew everything that happened, taking all of the mystery/suspense out of it and 2) really hard to watch. I’m sure if you’ve read the books (maybe if you haven’t, even) that there’s some pretty graphic stuff that happens in these books. Just not an easy thing to watch, personally. I actually wanted to watch the original Swedish version but Netflix didn’t have subtitles for me haha.

Okay, so once again…. I cheated. But I had so much to talk about! Which movie adaptations are your favorite? Any movies I stopped watching that you think I should try to finish?

PROJECT FAIRY TALE: Cinderella Movies

Hosted by Alison at The Cheap Reader

CINDERELLA – MOVIE VERSIONS

If we’re just being honest…. One of the reasons I wanted to pick Cinderella as my fairy tale for PFT was because of all of the great movie versions. I LOVE the Cinderella movies. I’m not even going to go into the original Disney one because we all know it and you don’t need any explanation from me. We’re counting down my favorite Cinderella remakes – movie style!!

1965: ROGER’S & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA
Starring Lesley Ann Warren and Stuart Damon

Yes, I know the original verson of R&H Cinderella was with Julie Andrews, but for whatever reason, the 1965 version is what I grew up with (probably because it was the one my mom grew up with… She would have been about seven years old when this came out, so that’s about right). When I was a kid, I immediately fell in love with the musical version of Cinderella, and although Lesley Ann Warren may not have the best voice in the world, it was the version that I held dear to my heart. (And the prince is a little dreamy. And I hate the Brandy version.)

1985: FAERIE TALE THEATRE PRESENTS: CINDERELLA
Starring Jennifer Beals and Matthew Broderick

Yes, you heard right! This version of Cinderella stars Jennifer Beals as Cinderella and Matthew Broderick as the prince. It’s so incredibly funny watching this version as an adult and seeing so many people I never knew were big stars as a kid. This was a great version of Cinderella to watch as a kid because there were so many silly moments to appreciate. The step-sisters were made to come off incredibly unintelligent so one of our favorites lines in our household was from one of the step-sisters: “Would you like something to drink? Perhaps some ham?” (And the prince is a little dreamy.)

1998: EVER AFTER
Starrting Drew Barrymore

I rarely like Drew Barrymore, but this is one role I feel like she excelled in. I loved the whole feel of the movie and how it was genuine to the original fairy tale, but at the same time, the characters are made to feel so much like they were real people. It really felt like historical fiction so much more than a redone fairy tale. (And the prince is a little dreamy.)

2004: A CINDERELLA STORY
Starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray

Yes, I admit it. I love A Cinderella Story. I was just the right age when Lizzie McGuire came out so I became a bit of a Hilary Duff fan as a young teenager, and then it came to the point where maybe I was a little too old to be liking Lizzie McGuire and Hilary Duff… but I still did. I secretly loved this modern take on Cinderella. It was just so much fun, although thoroughly silly. I really liked the modern take on the classic fairy tale because I hadn’t really seen on before! (And the prince is a little dreamy.)

2004: ELLA ENCHANTED
Starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy

I honestly can’t remember when I saw this version, but I really barely remember it. Definitely faded from my mind enough so that I didn’t even know what was going to happen in the book when I read it this past month. Just thinking about it makes me want to watch the movie again – Plus, from what I’ve heard, the movie version is pretty diffrent from the actual book. Now that I know the book, I want to see the movie. (Plus, the prince is a little dreamy.)

So there you have it! My favorite Cinderella movies!!! I really think the movies helped encourage my love for this fairy tale….. And apparently the selections for the prince. They’re all a bit cute, no?

Saying ‘So Long’ to the Twilight Saga…

After seeing Breaking Dawn part two on Monday night, I started to look back on the entire series. I was torn between feeling sad that it was over and feeling relieved.

THE BOOKS

When I first picked up the books, I was in the middle of my college years. My roommate Alison recommended them to me having just read them herself so I picked up the first two books and then the third (I think the 4th wasn’t out yet… Maybe it was.. Anyway – not that important!) and pretty much read them back to back to back (to back?) over that summer and the beginning of the school year. I was hooked! I remember going into Borders to go pick them up (which is now obsolete as well. Sigh) and I found Twilight on one of the endcaps but had to go searching for New Moon… I finally found it in the – dun dun dun – TEEN section! *gasp* I was 20 or 21 at the time – definitely too old to look like a teen – so pretending I was a teenager was out. I made a quick dash in and out of the section, too embarrassed to be seen buying a book for teenagers! That was then, of course. Now I really don’t care because obviously young adult books are our bread and butter (and they’re amazing) and I’m proud to promote YA!

I fell in love with Twilight, felt Bella’s pain in New Moon (although I thought she was losing her noodle), swooned for Jacob in Eclipse (yep, I like him better than Edward), and went from outraged to confused to curious in Breaking Dawn. Alison and I got our other roommate Leslie to start reading them (the 4th roommate was too cool for teen vampires. Psh) and Leslie was hooked in no time! We had a blast talking with her as she caught up with the books and we patiently (anxiously) awaited the movie!

THE MOVIES

We went to go see the midnight showing of Twilight when it came out into theaters at the dinky little campus theater when we were seniors in college. In retrospect, not the best idea purely for the fact that it was ridiculously crowded, and apparently from what ensued, it was mostly annoying teenage girls. It really wasn’t too bad, but people were constantly taking pictures of the screen and everyone screamed when Edward came on the screen for the first time. It was just a bit silly! The first Twilight movie was incredibly cheese-tastic but we all came home at 3 in the morning and stayed up until 4 replaying the movie and gushing about how much fun it was!

CASTING

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say how incredibly let down I was with almost everyone that was cast in these movies! Actually, once we got past the first movie, all of the new characters seemed to be okay, but I had huge problems with the main characters: Bella and the Cullens.
When I first heard Kristen Stewart was Bella I was like, “No no no no no!” Kristen Stewart is for characters with attitude, characters who are indifferent, or characters who have something in their eye. The Bella I pictured was petite, cute, and shy. Kristen Stewart was just all kinds of awkward and it seemed like she really stumbled her way through Twilight. Besides the fact that Robert Pattinson felt awkward in the movies too, it was especially noticeable when the two were doing scenes together. One of the things I was really upset about with Twilight was how the movie totally cut out all of the Q&A between Bella and Edward that really let the readers of the books see their relationship develop. Without that in the movie, I felt like their relationship turned from minor insta-love in the books to major insta-love in the movies.
I will say though that things finally started to feel natural in Breaking Dawn part two. I don’t know if it was because Bella was a vampire now and so she couldn’t be nervous and twitchy and awkward or if things just magically somehow worked themselves out. I still didn’t quite feel the chemistry between the two, but it was a hell of a lot better!
The Cullens: Casting for the Cullens was kind of a mixed bag for me. Prime example: I love Nikki Reed and she’s gorgeous, but she never should have been cast as an all-American blonde girl. Don’t know where they came up with that/ I’ve always been weirded out by several bad dye jobs and wigs (Carlisle? Jasper?). Sigh. Oh well!

THE END

Okay, I really didn’t mean to complain the whole time, I swear! These thoughts have just been on my mind for years so now they came spilling out.
SO. Breaking Dawn part two. Right? It took me a while to go see it (okay, so it was only a week and a half) so I heard there were plenty of spoilers and I was so confused why there were any spoilers at all! If you haven’t seen it yet, no worries, I won’t reveal ANYTHING because it will be so much better if you go see it! Trust me. I found out about one small thing (which would have been better if I didn’t know but there were still other surprises) and I was so confused how no one was upset with this big battle scene in the end. I figured maybe they’d made their peace with the change. Don’t worry, my friends. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed! I thought it was fantastic and it made the movie so much better (because let’s face it – the rest of it is a little too cheesy at times)!
I absolutely loved how they recapped the cast at the very end of the movie. I thought it was a nice song and I loved the screen caps from the actual books!

Farewell, Twilight. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride, but I’ve enjoyed it all the same! I will say that between Harry Potter and Twilight gaining rapid popularity and then the entire series being turned into a film franchise, it’s obvious that Young Adult fiction is on the rise as well as even more books being turned into movies. In fact, I saw the trailers for City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures (which I now need to read!), Oz the Great and Powerful, The Hobbit, and Les Miserables – Not all YA, but still. In some ways, I want to be like, “Come on! Be original!” But at the same time, I do love seeing the influence of literature as well as seeing my favorite books on the big screen. Anyway, that’s an entirely different discussion

A Fortnight of Fright: Halloween/Scary Movies

Welcome to A Fortnight of Fright! Two weeks of Halloween any way you can possibly see it, hosted by me (The Book Addict’s Guide) and my wonderful co-host, Alyssa @ Books Take You Places!

For the vert first installment of A Fortnight of Fright, we’re bringing you our favorite Halloween movies! From the ones we watched as kids to classics to fear-inducing horror movies, we’ve got a list of our best and most popular ones!

CHILDREN’S MOVIES/FAMILY MOVIES

The Last Halloween (1991): First up for me is The Last Halloween. I don’t know if anyone else remembers this but a tiny bit, but I did some research to help me remember the details of this kids’ movie and I found that it was a made-for-TV movie that aired on CBS in 1991, produced by Hanna-Barbera. The story follows two kids, Jeanie and Michael, and what happens when they cross paths with some aliens who landed on Earth in search of coobi (that’s candy to you non-alien folk). Really the only inkling I had of this movie was that the aliens called candy “coobi” so I just Googled and voila! What do you know. You can watch the whole thing on YouTube if you really want to!

The Addams Family (1991): Sometimes I think I was a little dark as a child because The Addams Family fascinated me. I was totally sucked in the weird, creepy, and dark family. And surprisingly… I wasn’t scared. I was afraid of everything as a kid so I’m not sure how The Addams Family became one of my favorite movies not only around Halloween-time, but in general. Anyway, I still quite enjoy it!

Hocus Pocus (1993): There is no doubt about it. Hocus Pocus may be one of the best and most popular Halloween movies out there. When we asked people to share their favorite Halloween movies with us, this was the most mentioned by far. And how could it not be!? Witches, a zombie, a creepy spell book with an eye, a talking and immortal cat, and a non-believer. What a perfect tale! By the way, it took me a really, really long time to realize that was Sarah-Jessica Parker. Not like I knew who she was back then! 

What!? You don’t believe us that Hocus Pocus is the greatest Halloween movie of all time?? FIrst off, check out this link and you’ll get 23 reasons (and you’ll also laugh and cry).
Also, let’s see what our friends have to say! Because clearly, it’s the crowd favorite! Here’s what some other bloggers had to say about it:
From Vyki @ On The Shelf: “If you want a good Halloween movie that is also a great family movie, Hocus Pocus has been a favorite of mine for nearly two decades! Three witch sisters are awakened after hundreds of years and are determined to find a child they can use to gain youth before the sun rises or they will turn to stone. Binx, a cat cursed to live forever, aids a brother, sister and their friend to try to make sure the witches don’t succeed. I love this movie and watch it every Halloween!”
Katie @ Words for Worms told us: “I don’t even know why they kept making Halloween movies after Hocus Pocus. Nothing will ever beat it.”
Other bloggers who agreed that Hocus Pocus is the best Halloween movie?  Alyssa @ Books Take You Places, Flanery @ The Readventurer, and of course I’m in agreement on that too!

Double, Double, Toil and Trouble (1993): Come on. If you’re anywhere near my age, you know you watched a fair few Mary Kate & Ashley movies. They only made a thousand movies and specials, and they’re right around my age so it was only fitting. Double, Double, Toil and Trouble was another one I watched every year as a kid. I mean, who could forget about those evil twin witches, two cute little girls, and the moonstone! Oh, and Cloris Leachman!

Casper (1995): CASPER. I. Loved. This. Movie. I think it was the first movie of my childhood where I started developing a crush. Young Devon Sawa as real life Casper? Young Brittany thought he was soooo cute. It was a movie about ghosts that didn’t make me afraid of ghosts, because let’s face it. I’m a super chicken. I love the feel-good Halloween movies, and this is definitely on the top of my list! I mean… look at how cute!

Halloweentown (1998): Another movie from my childhood (although I was nearing/in my teenage years by then) was Halloweentown, a Disney Channel original movie. Now, this was a pretty bad movie. I’m not going to lie. But for a few years straight, I watched it every year. The sequels weren’t nearly as interesting and I quickly lost interest, but it’s still a movie that sticks out in my mind as a Halloween special!

TEEN MOVIES

The Craft (1996): See, here’s another dark side of my childhood (kind of). I loved The Craft. It was spooky, it was supernatural, it was dark and weird. I was all about it. I was still pretty young when it came out, but I has plenty of re-viewings as a teen/adult and it’s still pretty interesting… And kind of freaky in a way. By the way, that hair change scene is still my favorite.

Scream (1996): I know, I bet you’re surprised too that I’ve actually seen Scream. My sister watched scary movies on occasion and somehow I ended up seeing Scream with her. I think I’ve actually seen Scream and Scream 4. Go figure. But this is a classic which obviously spanned off into many sequels and many spoofs! It simply has to be included.

Jennifer’s Body (2009): Okay, so here’s the thing. I know Jennifer’s Body was supposed to be half satire, half horror, but in all honesty, I started watching this movie alone in my apartment one day, got a creepy feeling, and immediately turned it off. I was kind of freaked out until I was leaving my apartment for the night. Just silly, I know, but I don’t like the idea of people being possessed. It really freaks me out. Anyway, I never actually finished! I’ve heard it wasn’t quite worth it though haha.

SCARY/HORROR MOVIES

Urban Legend (1998): Urban Legend. Oh man. Gotta love this cast: Joshua Jackson, Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, Rebecca Gayhart, Tara Reid…. what a horror film they make. I wasn’t so much “scared” by this movie as mildly sickened by some of the scenes, but nonetheless, I was still freaked out.

The House on Haunted Hill (1999): My sister rented this movie for a sleepover – I think it was her birthday party – and I basically spent the entire movie sitting on the couch and hiding my face or walking into the other room and pretending I wasn’t scared. I will never forget when we watched this and it was a quiet part of the movie and there was this loud THUMP that scared the crap out of all of us (well, me at least). I forgot I had let my hamster run around in his plastic ball and he ventured from the carpet out onto the hardwood kitchen floor. That was a good excuse to go play with the hamster and stop watching a freaking movie about ghosts and insane asylums, thank you.

The Haunting (1999): Another one. Why did I ever see this? Ghosts? CHILD ghosts? Ugh. I was petrified, but I really tried to pretend I wasn’t. Just a few gruesome scenes and I was down for the count.

The Uninvited (2009): Yep, my list of scary movies skips from 1999 to 2009. I don’t watch scary movies. I’m not good at being scared! But my friend Michelle convinced to watch it and although it’s mostly creepy and not fully scary, there was one scene that SCARRED ME FOR LIFE. Mild spoiler alert: Anna (Emily Browning) is sitting on her bed and she hears the scrape on the floor.. scraaape. Scraaape. It gets closer.. and closer! UNTIL!!! A freaking hand reaches up OVER the bed TO GRAB HER. AHHHH what the hell!! Why would this movie ever do this to me!?! That was a super low blow. Everyone knows that’s everyone’s biggest fear! This is why we don’t leave legs dangling over the edge of the bed, not even toes. What a seriously, seriously low blow. It still freaks me out to this day.

Since I’m not one for horror movies, I diverted to the crowd again!
Elizabeth @ Don’t Take My Books Away told us she loves The Shining and Scream
Jess @ Gone With the Words likes The Nightmare on Elm Street 3
Author L.M. Sherwin told us: “I’ve always loved watching “To Kill A Mockingbird” around Halloween time for some reason. Oh! And Hocus Pocus!”

And so we come full circle to Hocus Pocus! Clearly the best Halloween movie thus far.

To the polls!!!
Well, only 9 people voted, but hey, that works. What did our poll say? And the winner is…. Hocus Pocus! Well that’s no surprise 🙂

And of course, don’t forget to visit Alyssa’s movie post as well over at Books Take You Places because she has got some awesome movies to talk about as well!!