Bookish 2012 Films & Blogoversary Winners!

March 24, 2012 2012, films, giveaway, Wendy 56

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So we’re assuming most of our readers have seen The Hunger Games movie at this point. What did you think? Were you happy with how the filmmakers adapted the story? Were you surprised by any changes that were made?

I thought the movie was very entertaining overall and about what I expected. I loved Amanda Stenberg as Rue and Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman in particular, as well as the little pings of the silver parachutes floating down. I wore my mockingjay pin to the theater, of course!

Are there other 2012 bookish films that you’re dying to see? The Hobbit, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, or maybe Breaking Dawn Part Two? We couldn’t stop laughing when we saw the trailer and Robert Pattinson says to Kristen Stewart, “We’re the same temperature now.”  Hee hee!

The bookish film I’m dying to see above all others this year is Snow White and the Huntsman. It’s a fantastic trailer and it’s gotten me super excited about seeing the movie in June.

I will also be in line to see Les Miserables in December. World War Z looks entertaining too, although apparently it’s nothing like the book. I’m disappointed that the release date for Warm Bodies has moved to February 2013, though. I really liked this wistful love story that happens to be about zombies, and I’m hopeful that the film keeps the quirky, somewhat philosophical vibe of the book. Still, there are some fun adaptations coming up this year. Let us know which ones you’re dying to see!

Blogoversary Winners

Congratulations to to Heidi and Lucy for winning our spectacular Blogoversary giveaway! It looks like both of them are going to be very busy with reading material for quite some time.

And happy blog birthday to us! It was so great to read your wonderful comments about what you enjoy most about our blog. As always, thanks so much for visiting with us here. Cheers to the next year!

56 Responses to “Bookish 2012 Films & Blogoversary Winners!”

  1. Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com

    I loved it.
    And I too adored Stanley Tucci.
    He is one of my very favorite actors.
    He was marvelous.
    Everyone was great actually.
    I can’t say there was a single actor I didn’t love.

    You wore your pin? NICE! *high five*

    I am so excited about all the book to movie adaptions this year. I’m not sure I can pick just one.

    Happy Bloggy Birthday!!!!! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks for the bloggy birthday wishes, Juju! And YES, Stanley is wonderful in everything he does. *sigh* My favorite is probably his portrayal of Julia Child’s husband in JULIE & JULIA, though. So sweet. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Such a great trailer, isn’t it? I had my doubts before I actually saw it (K Stew and CT aren’t necessarily my faves), but it’s one of those cases where it seems like everything everything came together beautifully. Plus…Chris Hemsworth. :D Need I say more?

  2. A Canadian Girl

    I still need to watch and laugh at New Moon! I can’t wait for The Hobbit since the Lord of the Rings film trilogy is one of my favourites. I’m excited for Snow White and the Huntsman (hope Kristen’s acting will be better) but even more for Mirror Mirror since it seems like it’ll be very quirky.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh man, New Moon was the best Twilight film to MTS3K yet, hah. I think Kristen will probably have better dialogue in SWATH, so hopefully she’ll be a little more dynamic in that one. The trailer gets me ridiculously excited every time I see it.

  3. KM

    “The Hobbit”!!!!!! I can’t even tell you how excited I am for that movie. I may even cry a little when I go to the theater to watch it…like before it even starts. lol

    • Wendy Darling

      Aww, Hobbitsy tears! I hope it lives up to your expectations, KM. Although I’m sure they’ll do a great job and it will be epic.

  4. Jasprit

    Snow White seriously looks amazing! I still have to watch the Hunger Games, but I’m glad to have heard that a lot of people were happy with it. I also can’t wait for the Hobbit, I loved the Lord of the Rings films and after everything Peter Jackson had to go through in making that film I’m sure it’s going to be awesome!

    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, I hope you enjoy Hunger Games when you get a chance to see it, Jasprit! I think Hobbit is the top pick for a lot of people this year. I love Martin Freeman, so I think it’ll be fun. :)

  5. Jaye

    You know that trailer you linked for World War Z is fake right?:P
    I was surprised by the Snow White trailer, it actually looks pretty awesome, if you ignore the fact that Kristen Stewart is in it.

  6. Karen

    That’s the first time I’ve sent he full trailer for SW and the Huntsman. That looks so good.
    I’m looking forward to The Host. I have a long wait but I enjoyed the book and I hope they don’t mess up the movie.
    I am the last living person who hasn’t seen THG. Don’t really plan on it anytime soon either. Probably after all the hoopla dies down lol

    • Wendy Darling

      Isn’t that SWATH trailer awesome? I haven’t read THE HOST yet, but several people have mentioned they’re looking forward to the film, so I should look into it!

      I don’t blame you for waiting for the crowds to die down a bit for THG, it can get pretty crazy in the first few days. :) Hope you enjoy when you get around to it, Karen!

  7. roro

    bummr warm bodies is pushed back
    i feverisjly wait 4 snow white and the huntsmen

    congrats2 the winnrs

  8. Jenny

    I was really impressed with how well they adapted The Hunger Games! They stayed really true to the story which is always nice, it’s so frustrating when things get changed or random scenes get added unnecessarily:( And I’m dying to see Snow White and the Huntsman as well, any movie with Chris Hemsworth in it is one I’ll gladly pay to see ;-)

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes, I thought the things they added made sense for the most part. There were some things I really missed, mostly involving Rue, but overall the film was great.

      And yes, Chris Hemsworth could sell me on pretty much anything. :D

  9. elena

    Ahhh I really want to see Snow White & the Huntsmen too! If it’s anything as insanely cool as the trailer, I know I would love it. I think it’s so interesting to contrast it with Mirror, Mirror and its totally different tones.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, yeah…I’m not that excited about Mirror, Mirror. In comparison to Snow White and the Huntsman, well…there is no comparison! I guess we’ll have to wait for reviews to come in before we can really tell, though.

  10. Melliane

    I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I hope soon! just need some more time lol.

    congrats to the winners!

  11. Sarah (saz101)

    Happy Blogoversary guys!!
    I really liked the THG movie… I thought it was a really sympathetic and faithful adaptation, but also worked as a good movie… I mean, you can have movies that are really faithful to the book, at the expense of the movie (*cough* like Breaking Dawn P- *cough*), but… It just worked. NY husband knows NOTHING about the books, but really enjoyed it :)
    I LOVED Stabley Tucci as Ceasar!
    Also, I saw Breaking Dawn p1 last weekend and giggled all the way through :D
    Despite myself, can’t wait for p2.
    OMFG! Can’t WAIT for The Hobbit! And Snow White and the Huntsman! Yessssss! World War Z! I completely forgot! Eeeee! So many amazing movies!!

    • Wendy Darling

      Totally agree that adaptations have to stay true to the medium and not worry too much about staying overly faithful to the book, Sarah. I giggled all the way through the first Breaking Dawn, too–cannot wait to do the same for part two! :D

  12. readingdate

    Happy blogoversary and thanks again so much for the giveaway! Very exciting :)
    I was very pleased with The Hunger Games and it surpassed my expectations. Looking forward to seeing it again so I can relax and enjoy it. Snow White and the Huntsman does look excellent too. The trailer that got the most applause at my theater was Titanic – go figure.

    • Wendy Darling

      Congratulations on winning the big ebook bundle, Lucy! And oo, I haven’t seen the trailer for the Titanic rerelease yet, that was probably pretty fun to see on the big screen again.

  13. Sam

    Oh wow, I’ve never seen that trailer before, but I think you may have started up a new obsession in me! Snow White looks AWESOME – exactly like my type of movie. I definitely can’t wait to watch that now! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Isn’t that trailer spectacular?? I’ve seen it at least a half a dozen times, and I can’t take my eyes away every time. Love it, so glad it’s whetted your appetite, too. :)

  14. Vegan YA Nerds

    I enjoyed The Hunger Games but I’m really looking forward to Snow White, I saw the trailer last year and can’t believe it’s still not out until June!

    • Wendy Darling

      Dyyyying to see it. Every time I see the trailer, my excitement just grows! Just a couple more months to go, though…

  15. Christy D

    Seems like there are a few movies I’m excited to see, but can’t remember what they are now. OH, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter… the new Resident Evil movie… hmm.. I know there’s more.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, the Lincoln trailer looked pretty fun, too! I forgot about that one, which is silly since the trailer played right before THG.

  16. Lynn K.

    My most anticipated movie was Hunger Games and now that I’ve watched it, I can’t wait for Snow White and the Huntsman!!

    For next year, I’m looking forward to The Host.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, I think THG was probably almost everyone’s most anticipated film this year, at least those of us who obsess over YA. :) So glad there are fellow Huntsman fans out there! Let’s hope the movie live ups to that awesome trailer. :)

  17. Emily

    Very excited for Les Mis & The Hobbit! And it will be great to see Emma Watson in Perks :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Do you hear the people sing, singing a song of angry men, it is the music of a people who will not be slaves again!

      Okay, I’ll stop. But it’s very hard. :D I can’t wait for Les Miz–this is really a great year for book to movie adaptations. :) Hope they do the books justice.

  18. Beatriz Lins

    I loved THe Hunger Games movie. It was perfect! They changed a few things, of course, but overall, the movie did the book justice. I wanted to see the scene where Peeta and Katniss have to watch the Games all over again… it was a harsh scene in the books, one I was anticipating in the movie. Unfortunately, they cut it off :(

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, they actually did make a lot of changes that made sense. There were things I really wish had stayed in the book too, mostly involving Rue, but overall I thought it was very good. Fingers crossed for the second one. :)

  19. Bookworm1858

    I loved Tucci in THG; he was definitely my favorite part!

    As for bookish movies, The Hobbit is what I most want to see-it comes out on my birthday!

    • Wendy Darling

      Tucci is such a class act in everything he does–I loved him in this! And yay for movies that end up being birthday presents. Hope you have a fun outing to the movies to celebrate. :)

  20. Heidi

    Yay! Happy Blogoversary (again), and that you lovely ladies SO much for the giveaway. I couldn’t be happier to be honest. I have NOT seen the HG movie yet as I have this hatred of movie theaters, and opening weekends in general, but I’m still planning to make an exception and go see it tomorrow or Monday. I CANNOT WAIT for Snow White and the Huntsman. I may not be a Kristen Stewart fan, but omg that movie is looking amazing. Maybe it’ll change my tune. Maybe she’ll prove to me she can be something other than moody and a lip biter. Of course I’m also excited for The Hobbit, and the main reason I want to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower is to see Emma Watson.

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, it’s our pleasure, Heidi! I confess to being especially pleased when a reader who chats with us often ends up being the winner, hah. :) Your comment about KStew being a “moody lipbiter” made me laugh.

      Can’t wait for you to receive your books! We’ll get those out to you shortly.

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, thanks Savvy! And cheers to you for making it to the midnight show. We were boring and just did the Friday afternoon show, hah. Can’t wait to see what they do with Catching Fire. :)

  21. Small Review

    I’m so happy you liked the Hunger Games movie! I still haven’t seen it yet (I wait until all the tall people have gone and then see movies later). That Twilight trailer scene sounds hilarious! You can always trust in Twilight for cheesiness :)

    Congrats to the winners and happy blogoversary!

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, I think most people will be happy with THG movie, Small Review. :) I don’t blame you for waiting, it gets a little intense on opening weekends sometimes. Fortunately our theater does reserved seating, so that helped a little.

      Thanks so much for the blogoversary wishes!

  22. Bee

    I loved The Hunger Games movie. There were somethings I would’ve liked to see, but overall, I think they did a really good job.

    And the movie I’m most excited about is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. What a great cast!

  23. Amy

    I am really looking forward to seeing Snow White and the Huntsman too. It looks like it’s going to be fantastic!! The Breaking Dawn pt 2 trailer made me laugh a little too, but of course I will be seeing that. The Host has me Pretty excited. I really liked the book and I am curious to see if they do the movie well.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, the Twilight movies always make me laugh, but we never miss a single one in the theater. They’re such a fun experience with all the fangirls. :)