Throwback Thursday (February 7) + GIVEAWAY!

It’s finally here! The giveaway Mandi and I have been teasing for a month! Are you EXCITED?

You should be.

Go to the bottom of my Throwback Thursday post to view the AWESOME prize packs, along with ways you can win — even if you’ve never participated in Throwback Thursday before!

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

Here’s how it works:
  • Pick any bookish or literary-related media (or non-media item) released more than 5 years ago.
  • Write up a short summary (include the title, author, and cover art, if applicable) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
  • Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
  • Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list – or some other classic!

Feel free to grab the Throwback Thursday button code from the sidebar to use in your posts.

Thanks for participating, and we look forward to seeing which books you choose to remember!

My Throwback this week is…

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) starring Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Larisa Oleynik, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Based on The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

It doesn’t get much better than Shakespeare — unless it’s an updated ’90s teen movie retelling of Shakespeare. Cameron (Gordon-Levitt) is smitten with Bianca (Oleynik), but the only problem is that she’s not allowed to date until her older sister – surly and anti-social Kat (Stiles) – decides she will also date. What’s a love-sick teen to do? Obviously, convince Bianca’s other, wealthier suitor to pay Aussie bad-boy Patrick (Ledger) to woo Kat. Once Kat is romantically entangled, Cameron will be free to swoop in and sweep Bianca off her feet. Except nothing ever goes according to plan.

10 Things is one of my absolute favorite modern literary adaptations. It’s witty, it’s fun, it’s cute and romantic, and it includes Heath Ledger performing Frankie Valli while accompanied by a marching band. If that alone isn’t enough to sell you on this movie…I don’t know what to tell you. You may need help.

And now the giveaway!

While we love all the great finds Throwback Thursday has brought to light, participation isn’t where we wish it was. This is probably mostly our fault – Mandi took a blogging break for a couple months, and then I took one immediately after she got back. No hosts = no meme. And also, for a while when it was just books, it was hard coming up with new ideas each week! After all, we can’t exactly go back in time and read more/better books, can we? But now we’re back, and it’s easier than ever to participate, so we figured it’s time to get the word out!

In keeping with the new multi-media approach to Throwback Thursday, we have a selection of 10 Book & Movie Throwback Prize Packs to pick from! All you have to do to enter to win is participate in Throwback Thursday or help us spread the word! If you win, you can select your choice of Prize Pack.

The fine print:

  • You must be 13 or older to enter.
  • This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY! However, depending on where you live, we may have to do some finagling on the Prize Pack of your choice, depending on which one you choose and how much it costs to ship to your country. Don’t worry – we’re sure we can settle on something you’ll love!
  • Winner will be notified by email and will have up to 48 hours to respond. After that, your prize will be forfeit and another winner will be chosen.
  • If you win, you can let us know your preference for your movie, Blu-Ray or DVD. We will do either up to $15, subject to availability.
  • This giveaway will run TWO WEEKS (not one like we said before), giving you MULTIPLE chances to participate in Throwback Thursday, even if you never have before! The winner will be announced on our blogs February 21, 2013.
  • Enter via the Rafflecopter form below, and make sure to FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. We will be checking to make sure you actually participated.
  • Good luck!

The Prize Packs:

These are all Throwbacks (more than five years old) and we tried to pick from a variety of genres so that we’d have something for everyone! And of course, since we wanted BOTH prizes to be fun, we feel that all of these books and movies are worth a re-visit! Also, all of these movies are rated PG-13 or under.

Prize Pack #1


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) OR Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)

We couldn’t pick which movie we liked more (okay, that’s a lie, we both like the ’71 version more…but on the other hand, Johnny Depp) to go with this book, so you get to pick.

Prize Pack #2


Stardust (2007)/Stardust (Neil Gaiman)

Prize Pack #3


Clueless (1995)/Emma (Jane Austen)

Prize Pack #4

The Prestige (2006)/The Prestige (Christopher Priest)

Prize Pack #5

The Princess Bride (1987)/The Princess Bride (William Goldman)

Prize Pack #6


About a Boy (2002)/About a Boy (Nick Hornby)

Prize Pack #7


Jurassic Park (1993)/Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)

Prize Pack #8


The Princess Diaries (2001)/The Princess Diaries (Meg Cabot)

Prize Pack #9


Little Women (1994)/Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

Prize Pack #10


The Bourne Identity (2002)/The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)

Hard choice isn’t it? Glad I don’t have to make it.

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5 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday (February 7) + GIVEAWAY!

  1. I love this movie! I was just thinking about finding the DVD the other day how funny. The Taming of the Shrew is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays next to Much Ado About Nothing. Fantastic share this week.

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  3. Once, my husband and I spent an entire evening Googling whether or not “sacrifice yourself on the altar of dignity and even the score” was in the original play. (It’s not–he should know better to go up against me when it’s Shakespeare.) And he claims he doesn’t even like this movie! For me, it’s three of my favorite actors in a literate comedy. What’s not to love?!

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