Google+ Reading Teen: Second Hand Saturday 4-7-2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Second Hand Saturday 4-7-2012




Welcome to Second Hand Saturday!
In an attempt to clear our bookshelves, and pass on great used books to our stalkers followers, Amy, Kit, Abigaile, Austin and I have decided to hold weekly giveaways of some of the books on our bookshelves! Every Saturday, we will post the books available, and the following Saturday, we will announce the winner and our next challenge. The winner will get to choose a book from the list and we will ship it to that lucky person! Each week we will have a different challenge to complete.


This Week's Question:


Did you see The Hunger Games?  What did you think?  If not, are you going to?
 
Just comment below to be entered!



And this week's winner is...
Julianna

Email me at Readingteen1(at)gmail.com with your book choice.  Please put "winner" in the subject line.  You have one week to claim your prize!




Books Available:


Middle Grade


YA books + (ARC=Advanced Reading Copy)


67 comments:

  1. Yes, I saw it, and I REALLY LOVED IT SO MUCH!!!!!! Although Seneca Crane creeped me out. :D

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  2. I want to! My best friend and I decided to just wait until it comes out on DVD and rent it instead.

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  3. +JMJ+

    No need to enter me in the draw. I just want to answer the question. =)

    I thought the Hunger Games movie was all right. It was less violent than the book, but I understand why they needed to pull back a little. The first change I noticed was that Haymitch was instantly likeable. (Casting Woody Harrelson alone can do that to a character.) In contrast, we don't really get the sense in the novel that he likes Katniss--and is himself likeable--until the Games have been won.

    The second change, which I found less justifiable, was the replacement of the loaf from District 11 with a riot scene. A friend told me that this is to help foreshadow what happens later, but the gift of the loaf was pretty much my favourite part of the whole novel--so I can't stand behind the omission. The change says a lot about the director's vision of the story he is telling, but at the expense of Katniss and Peeta's more subtle ideas of freedom. Peeta says that he doesn't want to be changed by the Capitol; that is, that despite all external influence and coercion, and in the face of powerlessness, that he can still be himself, even if it means being a martyr. But it's less about open defiance than the movie would make us think. Katniss gets that when she lays flowers on Rue--and District 11 show they understand it when they send Katniss the loaf.

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    1. I completely agree with your point of view! Plus, I have to say, the riots, to me, cast a bit of a negative light, looking more like something on our own tv newscasts here and now..
      One other thing that really bothered me was how Katniss got the mocking jay pendant. I saw no reason to change the story line for the movie, and it took away from the meaning of the pin, I thought. I'm sure to some this is a small thing to complain about, but it really bothered me. I did like the movie, though!

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    2. +JMJ+

      Thanks, Steph! =)

      I also wondered about the Mockingjay pin when I reread the book after the movie. Perhaps the filmmakers decided to cut out Madge Undersee altogether? If so, I think that's a pity because I like Madge in the books. =(

      Your comment about the riots looking like present day newscasts really struck me. I don't live in the US, so I don't get to watch American news in the same way, so I didn't make the same connection. But watching "timely" movies from different decades (I have a special interest in Cold War films) has convinced me the most contemporary elements in a movie are what will end up dating it the most in the eyes of future viewers.

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    3. I think they did choose to cut Madge completely. I've heard they're also planning to cut Annie (Finnick's love interest) from the storyline completely to save time. Not sure if that's true.

      I agree about the contemporary elements dating a film. I see that in so many "futuristic" films and t.v. shows. It looks slightly advanced or maybe normal to us now, but in a few years it will look like it's old.

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  4. EEE! I saw it with my husband 2 days after it came out...

    It is one of the very best book-to-movie adaptations I have ever seen. The Games themselves were mind-blowing. Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, and Woody Harrelson could not have been more perfect fits for Effie, Cinna, and Haymitch. The very little time we saw them on screen was enough to make a lasting impression. I adored the mockingjays and Rue. Sweet Rue. She was so so incredible {the actress} - I mean she barely got any camera time and she WAS SOLID! And Miss Lawrence...WOW! JUST WOW! It was brilliant.

    There were a slight few differences, but it was really good :)

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  5. I finally saw it last weekend, and absolutely loved it! It's definitely my favorite book based movie. Everything about it was just so GOOD!

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  6. I wasn't going to see THG. It seems movies have been ruining books for me lately. But I finally gave into the hype and saw it on opening day. It was great!!! I felt that it stayed true to the characters and book. There were a few parts that I felt were a bit lacking. The best part was sitting next to my husband and watching his reactions. He hadn't read the book and so had only my vague descriptions to guide him. By the end he was in shock at the horror of it all. I asked if he wanted to read the other two books after having seen the movie. He really wasn't sure he could handle it. I thought it was really funny. Everyone hears me talking about it and then states that they will add it to their TBR. I have to give them a strongly worded caution that it is rather violent.

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  7. Saw it last Sunday with my boyfriend! :) I'd give it 4/5. It was good, of course. I loved the book. It was one of the few books that made me cry (especially when Rue died.)

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  8. Yes I have seen the Hunger Games, and I really liked it. I found that they did stay quite true to the book which is good. I really liked the actors they cast to play Peeta, Gale and Katniss. I've seen some reviews that said that Jennifer Lawrence wasn't skinny enough or that she didn't look hungry enough, but I think she was the perfect person for the role. I can't wait for Catching Fire to come out!

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  9. Yes I saw it already and I absolutely loved it! A new favorite movie of mine. It left me speechless

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  10. I saw the Hunger Games movie the weekend it came out! My mom went with me, and we both loved it. As far as a book that turned into a movie, I thought they did a pretty good job. I mean, it's not like the Harry Potter movies where it seems like they cut out half the book. And, my mom liked it so much that she's actually interested in reading the books!

    Plus, I almost broke out sobbing after Katniss decorated Rue's body with flowers followed by District 11 rioting. OMG! Luckily, I kept it to just a few whimpers.

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  11. I went and saw it twice already because it was so totally awesome! It is the first movie I've actually gone and seen twice in theaters because it was just THAT good. I think they did a really good job with casting. Jennifer Lawrence did really well as Katniss and Isabelle Fuhrman, I think, was AWESOME as Clove. I never remembered anything special about her in the book, just that she was one of the Careers, but in the movie I was like WHOA!!! Even though she was trying to kill Katniss, I still kind of wish she was going to be in the next three movies.

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  12. I saw it and it was so awesome!! I want to see it again, actually :)

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  13. I loved the books and enjoyed the movie a lot. Jennifer Lawrence was perfect as Katniss!

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  14. The movie was excellent. There were a few small things I wish they had included, but it is really no big deal they weren't included. :) Gosh, I seriously hope Gary Ross decides to stay on for Catching Fire.

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  15. I was dressed up to the nines to see that film. The reason? I was at a wedding and sneaked out after the ceremony with my boyfriend to go see it at a nearby cinema and then came back later for the reception! Oops! I just had to see it as soon as it came out- I have been waiting for it since the books came out all those years ago! I loved it- I cried and I thought Katniss was portrayed brilliantly- the tender moment with Prim at the beginning with the duck tail really got to me...and it didn't in the book! Would have like to see more Gale but you can't have everything!

    Thanks for holding this giveaway- is a brilliant and generous idea! x

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  16. I did see THG. Immediately I loved it. Then I sat back and dissected it. In the end, there were a couple of lines that I missed from the book. Also, the mockingjay pin was done completely wrong. I though Haymitch could have been more....erratic. But overall, a really great job.

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  17. Yes I saw it and it was AMAZING!!!! I loved that it was extremely close to the book, even though there were a few small things the left out.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I haven't seen it yet but I'm planning on it when my dad has time to take me and my sister :) I'm super excited to see it.

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  19. NO I HAVEN'T. I want to but I just don't know.They told me they changed a few key things in the movie, so now I'm a little apprehensive. But I WILL SEE IT! I'm too much of a hunger games fan not to go see it & I'am still excited no matter what they say about it.

    Lisseth @read-a-holicz.blogspot.com

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  20. Spoilers!

    Yes I did!
    I thought it was a good adaptation but unfortunately the romance (one sided as it was) was lost in the making. In the book we only get Katniss' side so we're not sure what to make of Peeta, eventually we do find out that he is in love with her. But in this film it was just weird, one moment she hates him, one minute she kisses him, then she doesn't trust him... if I hadn't read the book I wouldn't know what the hell Katniss was playing at. At least in the book I found Peeta lovable and sweet but in this film I didn't feel anything towards him.

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  21. I haven't seen it yet but both my sister and cousin really liked it so I plan on going soon. :)

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  22. I haven't seen it yet, but I plan to!

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  23. I waited in line the midnight showing with friends then went back with my husband next night. Loved it all except for some of the camera movements they were making me dizzy. I think they needed more steady shots. But otherwise I liked it but the book was better. But then when is the book not better than the movie, for a bookaholic! Thanks for a chance to win
    Krista

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  24. Havent seen it, planning to.

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  25. I have seen The Hunger Games, and I really loved the movie. I'm glad that they kept the movie very close to the book's storyline. Thanks for the chance to win! =D

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  26. I did see The Hunger Games and enjoyed it. However, I went with my son and with our discussion, I feel the movie was definitely made for those who are already fans of the book. In my opinion there were a lot of areas that had I not read the book I might have been lost, but I did have fun and would go back for the next in the series :)
    @ZDz59001

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  27. Can you believe that I DIDN'T SAW The hunger games?!!! because I can't. :(
    I just didn't had the time ughhh but I will go to the movies next week for sure.
    xoxo

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  28. I did see The Hunger Games :) Didn't really like it much :\ I don't agree with any of the actors, you see. And the filming almost made me sick with the bad camera thing. But, still, I adore the books so much, so I might have liked it a tiny, tiny bit. :)
    Love, Carina

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  29. I rather liked the choice of actors, but I hated the fact they didn't stick to the book - as they never do in movies :(

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  30. i haven't seen it yet because it didn't have a premiere in macedonia, but i'll watch it as soon as it gets on internet. that's the only way! :(

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  31. I saw it opening weekend and loved it! I'd like to see it once more before it leaves theaters.

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  32. I have not seen it yet, but I will & soon.

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  33. I haven't seen it yet but I definitely want too!

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  34. Yes I've seen Hunger Games - LOVED IT! It was a very good book to movie adaptation. I hate when books are made into movies and they change a lot or leave a lot out. They did a really good job making Hunger Games into a movie. Very satisfying if you loved the books. :)

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  35. I was really excited to see it, that excitement of being able to see a book I love made into a movie lasted well into the film even. I can't say I thought it was great though, in that if you hadn't read the book beforehand, your enjoyment of it would really suffer.
    What I really liked in the movie that we didn't get from the book was all the behind-the-scenes game maker action. (Particularly the head's beard. That was just brilliant.)

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    1. I also agree with you.. My husband went with me, though, and he doesn't read, so he's not a fan of the books. He liked the movie and apparently got it fairly well.. I think when we love the books, we can't see how one could get the movie at all without reading them. I know this happened to me with one of the Harry Potter movies, I just thought it was a confusing mess if not for the book, but I was apparently wrong on that count, too.. I think they did a good job, but left out or changed a few key things.

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  36. I haven't seen it yet; I've been wanting to go I'm just stuck at work all the time haha. But I can't wait to go

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  37. I went in saw it. Two times. And I really liked it. When they're in the actual game, it was close to perfect. I just hate it how they left some things out, like how Katniss got the pin, Peeta's dad coming to visit her, and Peeta's and Katniss's relationship during when they were in the cave. COME ON! I was really looking forward to that scene. Especially where Peeta confesses on how long he's liked her.
    I did like it that at some points they would cut back to Gale and see what his reaction was to Peeta and Katniss. I did like that. :D

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  38. I've seen it twice! Once at a theater and once at a drive-in. I loved the movie so much. I for one am glad that the movie was different from the books. I loved seeing the other points of view like when they would cut to the districts or Gale or President Snow. I don't particularly like when the movie is exactly the same as the book.

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  39. I watched it and I loved it :D
    It was somewhat different from the book and missed a couple scenes, but they added stuff like the Gamemakers' point of view (which was super cool). It was enough like the book to be rated amazing (unlike Percy Jackson...)

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  40. I liked it but didn't love it... I think the whole romance thing was a little lost... The book was much better as always!

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  41. I did see it and it was really really great, but nothing can really beat a book. Yep.

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  42. I loved it. Yea there was a lot left out, but to put everything in there, the movie would have to be 6 hours long. I'm hoping there are some deleted scenes on the bluray.

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  43. I haven't seen it yet but I would really like to, it sounds really great :)

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  44. I loved The Hunger Games!!!! And I think it was made beautifully! It was AMAZING! I wanna see it again :)

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  45. Congrats Julianna!

    I have not seen and probably won't until after I have read the book.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  46. I liked it but it didnt compare to the book but I cant wit till the next one :)

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  47. I have not seen it yet, I want to read the book first.

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  48. I haven't got to see it yet but I'm definitely going to. Hopefully very very soon.

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  49. Yeah I saw it opening night and LOVED it!!

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  50. I loved the book, but am going to have to wait until it comes to home DVD before I get to see it (theatre too far away)
    *drat* lol
    With that said, I can hardly WAIT!!! AND will have to make sure we've got tons of pizza & popcorn on hand to make it an awesome movie night hehe

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  51. The movie was so good that I'm going to buy the DVD when it comes out. Those who know me very well would be shocked because I don't buy DVDs unless they are REALLY good. The only DVDs I've ever bought is the Harry Potter movies.

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  52. My teen and I both read the series two years ago and despite being worried about how the movie will compare, we are dying to go...finding the time has been a challenge but we WILL be fitting the movie in THIS week!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com

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  53. Yes I seen the movie, I really liked it. I thought it was one of the best books to movies, besides The Harry Potter books-movies.

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  54. I finally got to see it! I really liked and thought it was a good adaptation. That being said, I wish they had a chance to develop a few things, like the interaction between Peeta and Katniss. I would have been fine with the movie being longer if they could have teased out a few more scenes (especially the part when Peeta gave Katniss the bread and the cave scenes.)

    snaugle81@gmail.com

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  55. I loved the movie, I thought they did a really good job of turning the book into a movie although, some of the parts did seem a little rushed.

    Kristin

    swimmergirl0621@yahoo.com

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  56. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! You have many great books and I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  57. I haven't read it or seen the movie yet, but it is on my "to do"list!

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  58. Going to see it in about an hour with my grandma, aunt and niece! So excited!

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  59. My hubby & I saw it this last weekend. My hubby said it didn't have enough action for him, but he's an action movie kind of guy. I did miss some of the things that were left out, like the bread and the pin. I did enjoy the other scenes that were added in, Gale watching, the game makers talking, etc. And I cried when Rue died.

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  60. I love the books but for some reason I don't want to watch the movie at all.

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  61. The Hunger Games is the first book to film adaptation I've ever liked! It was great!

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  62. I saw the movie opening weekend. As a huge fan of the books, I only hoped the movie would do it justice. I was plesently surprised. Did I miss some of the depth of the novel? Yes. Did I wish there was less shaky camera cinamatography? Yes. But, overall I enjoyed the movie for what it was. A visual portral of a great book.

    OH and movie RUE was AWESOME. I liked her more than book Rue :)

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  63. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't yet seen the movie. I was on vacation when it first came out, and I'm not a big enough fan of the book (gasp!) to go seek it out now.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

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