Book vs Movie: The Maze Runner

*spoilers alert*
There are spoilers and I mention the ending, so if you want to read The Maze Runner and haven't yet, then don't read this.
Book written by James Dashner
Screenplay written by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, and T.S. Nowlin

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Summary Without Spoilers
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.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, every-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.

My Thoughts on the Book
The Cover: It definitely caught my eye.  It looks like an ancient world that you'd find on Game of Thrones. The moss and vines that have grown up on the walls make it seem like it's been there forever. Like it's out in the jungle somewhere. The giant stone walls are very intimidating.

The Premise: I thought the premise was very interesting. It reminded me of the book Lord of the Flies and Hunger Games all put together. A world with just boys and they are trying to save their own lives? Very 'Lord of the Games' if you ask me.

The Characters:  I've read reviews where people are complaining about the fact that the boys don't have enough personality. That's there's no character development. Well, when the boys get there they have no memory. So, what would make you think they have a personality to begin with? They pretty much have to remember everything all over again. I liked the characters. I thought Thomas was a great 'hero' and Chuck was a great 'sidekick.' I liked all of the characters, even Gally. Gally was a mean little shit just like he was supposed to be. 

The World: I thought the 'Glade' was very interesting. Definitely better in the book. It never rains, the sun rises and sets at exactly the same time every day. The Creators send them everything they need. These kids really don't go without. The level of hierarchy is based on how long you've been in the Glade and that makes sense.  The creepy Grievers that kill you if you get stung (or caught and then ripped apart) are super gross! Reading their description I imagined them as gooey blobs of something with sharp teeth! It's not a world that I would want to venture into, that's for sure.

Overall Thoughts of the Book: I really didn't want to read this book at first. My book club voted and this one got picked. I decided to suck it up and read it. I'm glad I did. I got super sucked into it and read it in 5 days. It's a super easy read and kept me interested the entire time. The book is action packed as well. I got attached to some of the characters and was really rooting for them to survive and break free from this world that they are being held hostage in. When the end came around I was supper pissed. A character I really felt for dies and then they aren't rescued at all! It's all part of this 'test' that they are a part of. I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy, because I want to know what happens. 

My Thoughts on the Movie
The Movie Poster: I thought the poster was really good. It gave you a more visual idea of the Glad before going into it. You see how massive this maze is. Plus, you've got characters running from it, so you know it's not a good thing!

The Characters: I wasn't able to get as into the characters in the movie as much as I did in the book. I felt rushed to get introduced to them and then all of the sudden stuff was happening and it was totally different. The girl, Teresa, was not what I wanted in the book. Alby died a totally different way. Gally takes over the Glade, what? Whatever!

The World: The book world is sooo much better than the movie world. The fact that it never rains in the book Glade allows you to believed that they are in a controlled environment. When it rains in the movie it just seems like a stall tactic in the story line. The one thing I did like about the movie was the Grievers. I imagined them looking more like Slimer from Ghostbusters, but the way they were CGI'd  was so much creepier. They are like large robotic spiders!

Overall Thoughts of the Movie:  I liked the book much much better. They changed things there were so small there needed to be no changing. They changed HUGE things that should not have been changed! One thing, for example, when the Gladers get stung by a Griever they are given a serum to help heal them. At the beginning of the movie, once you're stung that's it! It's not until Teresa comes into the picture that the serum is presented. The Creators sent her into the Glade with the serum. The ending is totally different! In the movie, when the Gladers get out of the maze they are rescued by helicopter and taken out. Yes, you see a video feed of what happened, but it's so much better in the book. You see nothing of what the actual real world is like. The way the book ended was so much better. You see what's really happening to the world up close and personal. It makes it that much more believable. 

Basically ~ Read the Book...Skip the Movie

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