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Friday Night Lights Episode 5.6, Twitter Party Recap

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Due to unfortunate scheduling snafus, we weren’t able to tweet (or watch, in my case) last week’s episode, so it felt good to get back into the Twitter saddle this week.

Kicking off this week’s episode, we pondered “Gracie Bell” vs “Gracie Belle.” The majority seemed to lean toward Belle, unless Bell is a family name, and since the powers-that-be have never shared the inspiration behind the name, we were left to ponder.

Although we couldn’t ponder for very long, since Julie distracted us all by continuing her string of poor choices, or, as I tweeted:

@smartpopbooks Friday Night Lights, s5 could be renamed: The Season of Julie’s Many Bad Decisions. #FNL

@Waxtil put it even better: The Taylors are so likeable…& then there’s Julie. …

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Top Ten Best Moments of Last Week’s “The Sun Also Rises” Vampire Diaries Episode

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There are many spoilers in this list, so stop now if you haven’t watched last weeks thrilling Vampire Diaries episode yet. (Although what on earth are you waiting for? Go! Watch! Return promptly!)

So, drumroll . . .

10. Damon referring to his “bucket list” in his opening scene with Katherine. What would be on that list, do you think? Mastering every smoldering look imaginable? (He’s nearly there!)

9. Jenna’s first “vampire eyes” scene. It’s powerful stuff, and while no one was particularly thrilled by this turn of events, I’d guess, I was still glad Sara Canning got some great scenes this episode.

8. Klaus in general. We hate him, yes, very much, but he’s still kind of delicious, isn’t he?

(Aside: Does anyone else …

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Friday Night Lights Episode 5.4, Twitter Party Recap

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The recap posts I write and Twitter parties I co-host in celebration of the last season of Friday Night Lights feel a little bittersweet. That’s because with each episode we wrap up, we  are one step closer to the end of the best show I’ve ever watched.

Well, no time for sap now (that’s to come, right after the finale), we have some recapping to do! We were lucky to have @fellowette (Sarah Seltzer, A Friday Night Lights Companion contributor) join us this episode and she kicked things off by tweeting: In honor of Tami, I’m drinking a fruity, delicious and copious glass of bordeaux (white), cause that’s how she rolls after a tough week #fnl. (My kind of guest!)

I thought this episode …

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Friday Night Lights Episode 5.3, Twitter Party Recap

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This past Friday was twice the fun in Twitterland because Smart Pop live-tweeted the latest episode of Friday Night Lights not once but twice. Here’s what (and who: in particular A Friday Night Lights Companion contributor Paula Rogers, @paulabot, who live-tweeted with us the second hour) you missed if you couldn’t join us:

Leah kicked off the episode acutely noticing a clip from the opening sequence …

Love that credits shot of Tami in blue on the bleachers & Coach in red on the field: great shorthand of their s4 situation. #FNL

… while I (Jennifer) noticed that Tami sure can make cowboy boots work for her in any situation. I wouldn’t normally consider them to be work attire, but Mrs. Taylor …

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Smart Pop Books’ Very Own Propos for The Girl Who Was on Fire

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One of the rebellion’s most important weapons was, well, advertising. Propoganda. Propos. Those videos of Katniss mid-battle in District 8, of the tributes who died in the Hunger Games, of Finnick being interviewed about the Capitol’s secrets. They’re yet another extension of the way what we see on television, like the Hunger Games themselves, has power.

We’re not trying to stage a rebellion, but we’ve still put together our own take on propos, for The Girl Who Was on Fire. These aren’t the slickly produced work of folks like Plutarch Heavensbee and Cressida (except, maybe, for Adrienne Kress’–she’s clearly a professional). They’re just a couple of our authors, reading excerpts from their essays, to give you an extra taste of the anthology. (And, …

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Guest Post: Trust Eternal in The Vampire Diaries’ “Klaus”

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Today, we have a guest post on trust in The Vampire Diaries (in general and in light of last week’s episode) by Jon Skovron. Enjoy!

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I understand why the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries is called “Klaus.” Much like Katherine in the first season, we’ve been hearing about this guy for eighteen episodes without getting to actually meet him ourselves. But unlike Katherine, until this episode, we didn’t even know what Klaus looked like. We also learn a lot of information about Klaus, including the true nature of the curse. So I get it. The big Klaus reveal. Let’s name it “Klaus.” Sure. But for all that, it didn’t seem to be about Klaus to me at all.

For all the facts …

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Friday Night Lights Episode 5.1, Twitter Party Recap

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This past Friday, Leah and I took to Twitter to enjoy the first episode of the fifth season of Friday Night Lights with some of our readers and many of the fans of the show. We weren’t sure what to expect–we were new to Twitter “parties”–but it was a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll join us this Friday (8 p.m. EST) (or the Friday after that, and so on. We’ll let you know ahead of time when we’ll have somebody watching and tweeting during the Mountain/Pacific time zones, too).

We’d like to recap the highlights of not just the episode (and our own tweets/thoughts on it) but some of the great things we read/heard in the Twitter-verse from other Friday Night Lights

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Enjoy the last season of Friday Night Lights LIVE with Smart Pop Books

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This Friday, the fifth and final season of Friday Night Lights begins airing on NBC. Not only do we have an anthology coming out this August on the show, A Friday Night Lights Companion, but we’re pretty huge fans of the residents of Dillon.

In honor of our book and the great show that inspired it, we’re trying something a little new while this final season airs: we’re going to live tweet the episodes. Both Leah and I will be online at @smartpopbooks for the duration of the episode (Leah will end each of her tweets with LW and Jennifer with JC, so you can tell the two apart), sharing our thoughts, our favorite scenes, and our undying love for Tim Riggins. (We know …

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The Reaping Winners!

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Reaping

Thank you to everyone for commenting for a chance to win a copy of The Girl Who Was on Fire from one of the participating districts during The Reaping. Here’s a full list of winners. If you see your name on this list, you should be getting an email from me or the district leader (a.k.a. blog owner) shortly for your address.

Enjoy the book!

District 1

Matt Imrie
Julia

District 2

Ernie
DaughterNumberThree

District 3

Jessica
Karencita

District 4

Carol
Kelly

District 5

Destiny
Anonymous

District 6

Shabbir
Linda

District 7

The Cribbs Family
Nataly

District 8

Suzanne
nikki89

District 9

Eti
aka

District 10

Moriah D
Natalierisk04

District 11

Katie
Nikki

District 12

Ashleigh Poole
Rose Anne

District 13

Felice
Kristen

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The Girl Who Was on Fire: officially released! Win a copy in The Reaping: District 13

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Reaping

Big thanks to everyone who’s been a part of our 13-day Panem-style reaping–both our other districts* around the web and those of you who’ve been following and commenting to win. We’re bringing things to a close today by giving away two last copies of our Hunger Games anthology.

(For those of you just tuning in–greetings, Shelf Awareness readers!–that’s The Girl Who Was on Fire, a collection of some very brilliant, seriously funny YA authors writing on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. You can see the full list of contributors and read excerpts of every essay at our book page. Or take a look at some advance reviews.)

Today is not just the final reaping; it’s also The Girl Who

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