Tuesday, 17 March 2015

2015 Re-Read Challenge #2 - The Maze Runner, James Dashner (2009)

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This post may contain spoilers for the plot of both The Maze Runner novel & film!

For my second re-read of the year I took to my bookshelves and picked up my rather battered well-loved copy of The Maze Runner. Inspired by a birthday gift of the film adaptation on DVD, the choice for book two in my 2015 challenge suddenly seemed to be pretty obvious.

As often happens when books become films the plot of the adaptation had quickly become the version of the story that stuck in my mind most prominently having seen it more recently - in this case the film was released around two years after I first read the book. Eager to remember all of the original novel's little details that had since been lost in my mind, and intrigued to take a closer look at just how much the two versions differ I decided to revisit them both this month.

What I found was that there were a lot more differences between the two than I had initially thought including changes to important parts of the original story such as how the Gladers go about solving the maze and attempting their escape. Also omitted from the adaptation were the little details such as Beetle Blades, which in the book are used to spy on the group, and Thomas & Theresa's ability to communicate telepathically. Although the two versions differ on some of the major plot points this adaptation proves that the story certainly doesn't have to stay the same to make sense or to be a success.

I'm really pleased that the film's DVD release pushed me to choose The Maze Runner as my second re-read of the year and hope to find time to revisit both The Scorch Trials & The Death Cure before the release of The Fever Code in 2016. According to reports the new instalment will explore the creation of the maze and how the group came to be there - I can't wait to find out more!

Don't forget to catch up on my first re-read of the challenge; The Stepford Wives!
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