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 (#11): The Maze Runner

The Book

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1)

The Maze Runner is the first book in a young-adult post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction pentalogy of the same name by James Dashner.[1][2]The novel was published on October 7, 2009, by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House, and was made into a 2014 major motion picture by 20th Century Fox.

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I read the Maze Runner a while ago and I didn’t enjoy it. It took me nearly a month to finish it and I almost abandoned the rest of the series. I liked the concept but the execution didn’t appeal to me. I don’t know if it was the pace, the writing style or my mood at the time that played a part in me not liking it but it was enough for me not to spare even a second glance at the remainder of the series.

The Movie

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The Maze Runner is a 2014 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, in his directorial debut, based on James Dashner‘s 2009 novel of the same name.

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I recently watched The Maze Runner movie and I loved it! I was a bit skeptical and I had tried watching it before but I gave up only 10 minutes in. I decided to give it one more chance, knowing I was going to right a post about it and I’m glad I did because I thought it was amazing. There were obvious changes from the book and the movie (Thomas and Teresa’s mind link thing?) but I found myself not minding that much.

The Decision

The movie. Definitely the movie. While I won’t ever re-read the book (not even to see if I’ll like it the second time around), I would re-watch the movie anytime, for sure. Separating the book and the movie is a better way to watch it because there are quite a few changes but I don’t think it takes away from the original story. If I’m being honest, The movie really helped with me wanting to continue with the series.