The Maze Runner book by James Dashner was one of my top three reads last year, and I knew about the movie and went to a couple writing classes from Dashner at a conference (he’s a super nice guy) way before that, so needless to say, I’ve been waiting for this movie for a while. At the writing conference, Dashner was fun to hear from because it was just after the movie started production, and he was way excited about it. He was very positive and a bit passionate, and I loved hearing that come out of him.
But when I heard that 20th Century Fox was adapting The Maze Runner movie, I said, “Heck no!” I will never forget what they did to this adaptation:
I still talk about how much I hate the Eragon movie often. Other times I forget it even exists because it was so awful.
But The Maze Runner movie? I loved it.
Does it deviate from the book? Yes. But it was more similar than different. It hit the same points and they had the overall concept of it down. And the changes they did make didn’t irk me hardly at all. But one of the best things about the movie, is that it evoked almost all the same emotions in me that the book did. I was immediately sucked in and felt it all—fear, dread, morbid curiosity, disgust.
Back in my book review, I said that the setting and the plot are what made the book. That’s where the story’s main focus is. Well, the filmmakers exceeded my expectations with the setting. In fact, some of the stuff they added to the setting made me wish that it was in the book also.
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