Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book to Movie Review: The Maze Runner

If you haven't watched the movie, you can still continue on reading this post as I did my best to contain enough personal opinions without the spoilers.

Let's first begin with the book. Ok, so I borrowed Amy's copy of The Maze Runner because she recommended it, and I managed to finish it within two days, after that I couldn't help but to rush to the nearest bookstore and purchase the complete Maze Runner series. IT WAS THAT GOOD.

I have never involved myself in reading dystopian books or series because I was afraid of not being able to understand the concept, and dystopias appeared a little too complicating for me. But The Maze Runner was a surprisingly easy read, and I found myself not being able to put down the book at all, other than that, my heartbeat was literally accelerating and my palms sweating towards the later half of the book.

The Maze Runner book is very, very engaging. Dashner used vocabularies that are not only easy to understand but also imagine in your head of the situations that go on in the book, I was able to have vivid images of what goes on while reading and that is something I really enjoyed.

The movie though. I was incredibly disappointed at it to be honest. Pretty much every important and significant detail of the book is altered as if to take the easy way out, which removed all the suspenses and surprises readers of the book get. The only way to enjoy the movie is to either watch it first then read the book, or enter the cinema blind and just forget all about what you read in the book. But one thing I give credit to the movie is the casting, which was done really well, almost identical to what the book described.

I am not really looking forward to the following Maze Runner movies but the books, on the other hand, I can't wait to devour them and probably re-read over and over until the papers fall out of the spines.

So my conclusion is that I highly , highly recommend the books, but if you're going to watch the movie too, read the books AFTER the movie to avoid disappointment.

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