Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#26): The Scorch Trials

The Book

The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)

The Scorch Trials is a 2010 young adult post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction novel written by American author James Dashner and the second book, fourth chronologically, in the The Maze Runner series. The novel was published on September 18, 2010 by Delacorte Press. It is preceded by The Maze Runner, and followed by The Death Cure. A film adaptation was released on September 18, 2015 by 20th Century Fox.

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After finishing The Maze Runner and not liking it, it took me quite a while to get to The Scorch Trials but I’m glad I decided to read it. This was my favourite in the trilogy and the only one I’d revisit again. This book was extremely fast past and I could barely contain my excitement. Nothing could pull me away from reading and in my mind it practically made up for the disaster I thought The Maze Runner was.

The Movie

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Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (stylized onscreen simply as The Scorch Trials) is a 2015 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film based on James Dashner‘s novel The Scorch Trials, the second novel in The Maze Runner book series. The film is the sequel to the 2014 film The Maze Runner and the second installment in The Maze Runner film series.

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This is another one of those when you watch the movie and you wonder where they got their information from. I don’t know what book this movie was adapted from but it wasn’t The Scorch Trials. It’s a good thing I don’t get mad at odd book to movie adaptations…anymore. I say ‘odd’ because I don’t want to say bad. That said, I really liked the movie! Am I contradicting myself? Probably, but my opinion remains the same. It’s been a year since I read the book and I had to look up a summary online so I didn’t remember too much. The book and the movie are separate for me. As I said, what happened in the book was not what happened in the movie.

The Decision

There were things I liked in both the book and the movie and I think the movie was really well done. I’ll give this one to the book though because it was the only book in the trilogy that I actually liked. Hmm, that was easier than I thought it’d be.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#21): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I’ll be doing the Harry Potter books and movies individually as too much went on in each book/movie to put it in one post.

The Book

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the first novel in the Harry Potter series and J. K. Rowling’s debut novel, first published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. It was published in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Scholastic Corporation in 1998. The plot follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage as he makes close friends and a few enemies in his first year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
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I probably took way too long to actually get into the book part of the Harry Potter series but once I entered those wonderful magical gates though, there was no turning back. The moment I read that first sentence: ‘Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.’, I knew I was in for a ride filled with conflicting emotions and departing on this adventure I’d never want to look away from. I’ve probably only read this book twice- maybe one and a half times- but that feeling of home doesn’t go away. I feel like I’m being wrapped up in a warm blanket. I can’t fully explain it but as much as the movie shows the magic…the books makes me feel it.

The Movie

Image result for harry potter and the sorcerer's stone posterHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (released in some countries as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)[3] is a 2001 British-American fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.[2] It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film was the first instalment in the long-running Harry Potter film series, and was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman.

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I remember watching The Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time (I say ‘Sorcerer’s Stone because when I got the books they were the US publications and I just got used to saying it). My uncle gave me the DVD randomly one night and since I wasn’t allowed to watch anything related to witchcraft, obviously I was drawn to this from the get go. I knew absolutely nothing about Harry Potter but I fell in love with it immediately. I had nothing to base the movie off off so I wasn’t concerned if anything was changed or left out. All I know is that 10 year old Caron desperately wanted to be a part of this magical world. I still do to be honest. I’d gladly take Madam Pince’s position as the Hogwarts Librarian. When I finally managed to read the book and then re-watch the movie, I was able to compare the two better.

The Decision

When I first started this post I was so sure that I was going to choose the movie over the book but now that it’s time for me to make a decision I’m finding myself leaning towards the book. It’s all explained above. Imagination is a powerful thing. It’s so broad and unlimited and with these books, anything is possible. The mere idea of a magical world is just so astounding, it’s almost unfathomable. It’s books like these that further cements my love for fantasy as a favourite genre.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#20): The Princess Diaries

The Book

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)


The Princess Diaries is the first volume of the critically acclaimed, best-selling series of the same name by Meg Cabot. It was released in 2000 by Harper Collins Publishers, and later became a film of the same name starring Anne Hathaway.

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I probably took way too long to get started on this series but I’m glad I did. Most times I can’t even think of the books and movies as part of the same series because of the different vibes they put out. I loved what I’ve read so far (except Mia Goes Fourth. That book doesn’t exist to me) and I don’t think this takes away from the enjoyment no matter what your age. I want to reread this book over and over again. The way Meg Cabot started out this series was really great and I’m glad I get to experience that amazing work that she oh so generously shared with the world.

The Movie

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The Princess Diaries is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Garry Marshall and written by Gina Wendkos, based on Meg Cabot‘s 2000 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway (in her film debut) as Mia Thermopolis, a teenager who discovers that she is the heir to the throne of the fictional Kingdom of Genovia, ruled by her grandmother Queen Dowager Clarisse Renaldi (Julie Andrews).

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I honestly can’t remember how I came to know about this movie. All I know is that whenever that was, I fell in love. The cast, the plot, the soundtrack…everything was just perfect for me. I’d watched The Sound of Music as well as Mary Poppins so I was already familiar with the amazingness that is Julie Andrews and I’ll admit it was the story as a whole that drew me in. She was an added bonus. I still watch this movie whenever I get the chance to this day and there’s nothing I don’t love about it. If it weren’t for Love Actually, The Princess Diaries would definitely be my all time favourite movie.

The Decision

I’m sure it was pretty obvious but I choose the movie. As much as I loved reading the book this movie was adapted from, nothing can take away from the love I feel for this film. I actually feel like re-watching it…again.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#19): Ruby Red

The Book

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1)

The Ruby Red Trilogy is a series of three fantasy novels by German writer Kerstin Gier. The three books are: Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. The books have been translated into over twenty-seven languages and sold internationally. The series follows the story of Gwyneth Shepherd, a time-traveling girl living in contemporary London. Nobody knows that Gwyneth has the time traveling gene, except for her and her friend Lesley.

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I read Ruby Red years ago as part of a buddy read and it was the first time I had ever heard of the series. While I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t the best I’ve ever read. I was actually thinking of not continuing the series until I heard that the second book was even better. I liked the idea of time-travel and a secret organisation and I do think that Kerstin Gier really made the plot come alive but as this was the first book, it mostly consisted of world building. There was a lot of predictability going on in this book and if I had read this book today I don’t think I would’ve liked it. It seemed a bit…juvenile.

The Movie

Related imageRuby Red (German: Rubinrot) is a 2013 German fantasy film based on the book with the same name by Kerstin Gier.[1] A sequel was produced in 2014 under the title Sapphire Blue (German: Saphirblau), followed in 2016 by Emerald Green (German: Smaragdgrün).

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I finally watched the movie and boy was it an experience. I checked it out to see if I had gotten the German or English dubbed version and ended up watching 15 minutes before I had to pause since I was trying to finish a book at the time. There were a few changes made but I could overlook most of them because I legit thought the movie was good. Have you ever watched an anime/k-drama that was originally supposed to be Japanese or Korean but it was dubbed in English? Sounds wrong. I could ignore the fact that the words and lip movements weren’t synchronised for the most part but my eye still got a bit…twitchy.

The Decision

Oh, the movie. Definitely. I’d re-watch it and start the story from the beginning over and over again. Not to mention, the cast is gorgeous! Charlotte’s hair is just amazing. I couldn’t help but get Clary vibes with that tone of red.

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Movie/TV Show vs. Book (#17): The Twilight Saga

I’ve been putting this off because of reasons. Come on, it’s Twilight. It started many, if not most, bookworms love for reading but it’s still like that one weird cousin we’d rather avoid. That reminds me…I should really get to that reread I promised myself I’d do.

The Books

Twilight (Twilight, #1) New Moon (Twilight, #2) Eclipse (Twilight, #3) Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

Twilight is a series of four vampire-themed fantasy romance novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. Released annually from 2005 through 2008, the four books chart the later teen years of Isabella “Bella” Swan, a girl who moves to Forks, Washington, and falls in love with a 104-year-old vampire named Edward Cullen.

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I remember jumping on the Twilight band wagon just when the movie was announced and I proceeded to read all the books because 13 year old me thought ‘it was cool’. I ended up falling in love with the series and by the end of Twilight I was certain that Edward Cullen was going to be who I’d marry one day…till I met werewolf Jacob Black in New Moon. I haven’t read these books as an adult so I don’t know how I’d feel about them now but I do remember thinking that these were the best books on the market and it kick started my vampire obsession. The only reason I ended up hating this saga is because it was so mainstream and it was what everybody was into at the time so it stopped being something I loved. Part of it was the strange acting in the movies but we’ll get to that. I would definitely reread this series but I prefer Twilight Reimagined to the original books.

The Movies

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The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films from Summit Entertainment based on the four novels by American author Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. The series has grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts and consists, to date, of five motion pictures.

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I remember screaming when Edward walked into the cafeteria. I remember my boyfriend probably contemplating breaking up with me when I fawned over Jacob removing his shirt after Bella’s motorcycle accident. Basically I remember falling so in love with this saga as a whole. Sometimes I get the urge to binge-watch it just because. As much as I loved to say that I despise this series- I don’t anymore- I can’t deny that it was a huge part of my teenage years. The first movie was released when I started 8th grade and the last soon after I started my senior year. I like knowing that I was a part of all the craziness that happened. It brings back silly memories that I’m quite fond of. (Even though I had already moved on to The Vampire Diaries while this Twilight craze was still strong- going against the stream there, Caron)

The Decision

I have a separate decision for each. For Eclipse and Breaking Dawn, I’d definitely go with the books. I’ve probably read Breaking Dawn about twice or thrice and can remember getting into trouble for bringing it to school (ridiculous really). For Twilight and New Moon I prefer the movies because I enjoyed them a lot better than I did the books. I didn’t like really like the first movie but as the series went on I realised that it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. The book for New Moon was just crazy. I ended up losing my copy and I was never in a hurry to replace it. The movie was just yes! I do plan to reread the entire series in the future and see how I feel about it as an adult.

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Books I want to get through in 2017

Let’s hope I actually manage to cross off everything on the list this time. *Fingers Crossed*

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, Robin Wasserman

Simon Lewis has been a human and a vampire, and now he is becoming a Shadowhunter. But the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, and Simon isn’t sure who he is anymore. He knows he was friends with Clary, and that he convinced the total goddess Isabelle Lightwood to go out with him…but he doesn’t know how. And when Clary and Isabelle look at him, expecting him to be a man he doesn’t remember…Simon can’t take it.

So when the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. His new self. Whomever this new Simon might be.

But the Academy is a Shadowhunter institution, which means it has some problems. Like the fact that non-Shadowhunter students have to live in the basement. And that differences—like being a former vampire—are greatly looked down upon. At least Simon is trained in weaponry—even if it’s only from hours of playing D&D.

Join Simon on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray, and Magnus Bane. These ten short stories give an epilogue to the Mortal Instruments series and provide glimpses of what’s in store in the Dark Artifices.

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1)The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes (Percy Jackson's Greek Myths)Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

The Sky Is EverywhereThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.

This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable.

My Sister's KeeperMy Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate — a life and a role that she has never challenged… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister—and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sister’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning parable for all time.

Outlander (Outlander #1)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1)Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code comes the book that started it all—the first explosive adventure for world-renowned symbologist Robert Langdon.

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuriesold underground organization—the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra. Together they embark on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth…the longforgotten Illuminati lair. Angels & Demons is soon to be a major motion picture from Sony Pictures—starring Tom Hanks, Ewan McGregor, and Ayelet Zurer, and directed by Ron Howard.


There are quite a few more but these are the ones that I’ve been looking forward to the most. Some I don’t even own yet but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

Good luck with the reading ya’ll!

Caron  xx

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