Movie Review: The Maze Runner

Information about the movie can be found at IMDB.com, here.

Synopsis from IMDB:

Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow “runners” for a shot at escape.

My review of The Maze Runner book by James Dashner can be found here! Read the book first!

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I was a bad fan, and completely forgot to pre-order tickets to see this movie, therefore, I just got to see it this past Friday. But man, was it worth my wait! I recently just read the book of the same name in anticipation for seeing the film, and I think this may be one of those cases where the movie and the book were at about the same level for me.

There were very minor changes from the book, but they didn’t affect the main storyline, and therefore I wasn’t upset at all. I actually think the changes were for the better as they simplified things a little bit to make them easier to understand and more doable for a movie. The pace of the movie was definitely sped up from what I thought when I read the book. But I loved it!

The stand-out part of this movie would have had to have been the actors in my opinion though. I knew that I was going to love Dylan O’brien because, well, come on he’s Dylan O’brien — not just that pretty face, but he has some amazing acting skills that’s for sure. But I felt like each actor really was the character. When I read the book I totally envisioned them to look and act like these actors portrayed them. I couldn’t help but love all of the characters, even Gally in the movie!

Another thing that blew me away was the CGI of the maze and the grievers. It was just so cool and again, just as I imagined them!

So all in all, I think this movie is one of the most faithful adaptations to a book that I have seen. It was awesome, and verging on almost better than the book, dare I say it?! There weren’t slow parts like I found in the book, it was pure action and adventure! If you’ve read the book, see this movie. If you haven’t, see it anyway because I went with a friend who hasn’t and she loved it, and now wants to read the book too!

4.5

Did you see this movie? How did you think it compared to the book?

xo

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Book to Movie Adaptations: In theaters, In production, In my dreams.

Book to movie adaptations have become a hugely talked about topic among the world of YA readers. So, I thought it only right to share my thoughts on what’s happening now, what’s happening soon, and what will probably never happen, but I’d love it if it did!


In theaters now / in the near future

The Giver

I read the book when I was in elementary school, and while I haven’t reread it since, this trailer is a very poor depiction of the book I remember reading. In my opinion of course. I was happy to hear that they decided to edit it in black and white, but the choice of actors I wasn’t very happy with. Brenton Thwaites is like 25, who is playing an (aged up) 12-year-old character. Oh, and Taylor Swift is in this. While I’m a Swiftie, I’m also a hardcore book person (obviously), and the two just don’t mix. When she appears on screen I’ll immediately start singing one of her songs in my head and asking myself why her lips aren’t red and she’s not with her cats. I still plan to see the movie, but I don’t expect much.

If I Stay

I haven’t read this book, and I’m not sure I plan to. I mentioned before in a different post my disapproval of Chloë Grace Moretz, but also I’m just not sure what to feel about the movie. Seeing as I haven’t read the book this isn’t surprising, but I haven’t rushed out and read the book in order to go see the movie like I did with The Maze Runner, which I’ll talk about next. So, yeah, just meh feelings on this one. Will I see it? Probably not.

The Maze Runner

It’s not often that a movie trailer made me want to read a book. It’s also very unlikely that I want to read a book for the sole reason that there is an actor I especially like in the movie. Except for this one. Dylan O’brien, I owe you one. I recently read the book (REVIEW HERE) in order to prepare myself for the movie. My excitement just keeps growing, and it’s not because I’ll get to see 2 hours straight of Dylan’s perfect face. Okay, well, maybe a little. Anyway… This trailer was freaking awesome, and it was the sole reason I read this book when I did.

Mockingjay, Pt. 1

I’m still a little iffy on why they decided to split this one into two parts, but I must admit, the trailer looks great! I’m really excited to see this one. Although I didn’t like the book, I do want to see how the movie is.


In production / optioned

The 5th Wave

I really enjoyed this book (although I thought it was overhyped), but I don’t know about it being a movie. And I’m not a fan of the cast so far at all. Ugh. Chloë Grace Moretz again. She’s becoming the next Shailene Woodley, but Shailene is awesome and I love her.

Fallen

Image from Page to Premiere

In short: why is this even happening? This was a book that I read a long time ago and I loved it at the time. And looking back now I don’t even like to admit that I loved it. What was my problem? There’s not a single reviewer that I know that has read and enjoyed this book, and I totally get why. What I don’t get is why this is being made into a movie…?

Paper Towns

I haven’t read this book yet, but I know that if it’s anywhere as popular as TFiOS, this movie will be a hit with me, and everyone else!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

As the book is already so visual, I think this movie will be a huge success. I read this one recently and I cannot wait to learn more about the movie and it’s cast. I think Tim Burton is directing so if that’s indicating the level of amazing for this movie at all, I don’t know what is!

The Night Circus

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I think that with the right people this book will make a masterpiece on the big screen and will be absolutely magical.

In my dreams

Stolen

I really loved this book when I read it earlier this summer and I could totally see this as being a lifetime movie or something of the sorts.

The Selection

I know what happened. I read that hideous god-awful script of the pilot that was to air on The CW. I was horrified. BUT I do still this that this would make an amazing TV show if the right people did it and kept it to the book. But, with so many failed attempts I don’t think it will ever get a chance.

So, let’s discuss! I want to hear your thoughts on book to movie adaptations. What books do you think would make good movies?

xo, emily

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

This review will contain minor spoilers, but will be marked before and after for those of you yet to read the book! 😉

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Pages: 375
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted
Series: The Maze Runner, #1
Genre(s): Dystopian, Sci-fi
Synopsis from Goodreads:

“If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.”

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

How have I not read this book before now?! That’s what I’ve been asking myself ever since I started reading The Maze Runner. Can I just say how awesome I thought it was?!

I was told to go into this one with low expectations, which I admit made me nervous. But even with everyone’s warnings, I couldn’t really change my level of excitement and expectations. They were already there after hearing about the book numerous times, and of course watching the various movie trailers that have been released for the upcoming film. Oh and Dylan O’brien is playing Thomas. So yeah, there’s that.

Get back to the book, Emily…

But oh my goodness, I had a blast reading this one. It was intense, adventurous and filled with excitement. The fact that it was told from a male’s POV was refreshing because I don’t read many books told solely from a guy’s perspective. I really enjoyed the interactions between the Gladers. And of course the whole idea for The Maze Runner was so unique for a sci-fi/dystopian book. It wasn’t like anything else I’ve read in the genre.

***MINOR SPOILERS***

 What I thought made The Maze Runner different than all the rest was the fact that it was more of a survival story. Sure, there is a corrupt government or group (not sure yet), but for pretty much the whole book the Gladers are just trying to survive, not battle the Creators or try to stop them.

***END MINOR SPOILERS***

I found The Maze Runner a difficult book to give a rating. I enjoyed it immensely, but there were just a few things that I wasn’t a huge fan of. The Glader “slang” kind of got on my nerves. It seemed to me like a way in which the author allowed the characters to use bad language without really using bad language. For example “shank” and “shuck,” as alternatives to other words you can probably figure out. But other than that, I found the book to be a solid read.

One thing that I heard prior to reading was that there was no romance. I was nervous about that going in. Now, I’m a romance girl, but I didn’t miss it at all. I don’t think you will either.

All in all, The Maze Runner was action-packed and adventurous, filled with a little sarcastic humor, making it a wonderful read!

Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon Challenges, TBR & Progress

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Since I got back from my vacation, I realized just how quickly August is approaching. That also means for me, my Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon will be in full swing in just about 5 days! Ah! As you can probably tell from this post title, I’m announcing (a little later than I was planning to) the challenges that some of you lovely people helped me come up with in the Goodreads Group that I’ve created for the Read-A-Thon. Feel free to join it, I’ll be adding discussions for the challenges, etc. in the near future! I’ll also be including my TBR that I hope to read during those two weeks, and I plan to make this my “master post” of sorts for my daily progress. Those of you that have joined: feel free to do something similar to track your progress and see how you do on challenges! If you don’t feel like it, it doesn’t make a difference to me, though! I want this to be a really laid back and fun read-a-thon! 😉

Those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about: here is my post in which I announced the Read-A-Thon, give the rules, sign-up info, etc.


Challenges

With a little help from my blog friends I’ve got a few challenges that you can participate in if you want to! A little incentive to pick up something that’s been sitting around that you haven’t thought about lately.

  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read at least 100 pages a day.
  • And of course…the books must be neglected by you! One that’s been sitting unread for quite a while!

My TBR

  • Read a book set in the past: The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Read a classic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen // The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (School summer reading book, but if I can make it count, I’ll do it!)
  • Read a book written before 2010: The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Others:
    • Fear by Michael Grant
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
    • Pandemonium Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Progress

Check back to this post to keep track of my progress throughout the Read-A-Thon! Link me to your progress posts in the comments so I can see how you’re doing, too!

On Twitter use the hashtag #DustingofftheShelf so we can all chat and keep each other motivated!

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