You guys have no idea how excited I am to post this! I’ve been thinking about starting a themed day to my blog since day one. Fangirl Friday was my first idea and it stuck. I have been wanting to start doing these every Friday and just talk about the things I love (or fangirl over). This could be practically anything. There are no limits to Fangirl Fridays. This is a day that I can sit and express my love about anything and everything!
I picked The Maze Runner series for my first post because the final movie is still fresh in my head. I don’t think I can accurately express my love towards these books and movies. This is one of those series that many people couldn’t get behind and in the book community, people are opinionated about what they like and don’t like. I feel like people liked the movies better and that is okay. I, on the other hand, fell in love with the books before the movies came out.
I’m just going to go and put this out there. I’m a HUGE Dylan O’Brien fan. I’m been a OG fan since the start of Teen Wolf. He’s cute, hilarious, and a great actor. I mean, season 3 proved his acting skills are out of this world. So when I saw that he was going to be in a movie, I obviously have to read the books that they were based on.
I remember buying the book at Barnes & Noble. I had driven the whole 35 minutes it takes to get to the nearest book store and hunted it down in the Young Adult section. I bought the movie companion cover (of course). I went home that night and cracked it open. It took about 4 chapters before I was completely hooked.
I read The Maze Runner in a span of two days. And when I finished, I begged my mom to go buy me an iTunes card so that I could buy The Scorch Trials ebook the same day. I think I will always have a special place in my heart for The Scorch Trials. Out of the three books, this was my favorite. That was the book that I truly connected with the characters and started imagining myself in the story. I had dreams of running in the scorch for days. At the end of The Scorch Trials, I was experiencing so many emotions that mirrored the characters on the page.
The Death Cure nearly killed me. I mean, still thinking about it makes me want to tear up. There is something special about the last book of a series. I go in with high hopes that everything will end up okay, that the conclusion is worth the wait. I was satisfied with end of The Death Cure. I mean, I was completely devastate, but I accepted the ending.
Now, the movies were just as perfect as the books. I don’t want to say I enjoyed the movies more but a part of me knows thats true. Everything about the movie was what I imagined it to be.
I think the actors picked for each role was perfect. Dylan O’Brien was Thomas in human form. Thomas Brodie-Sangster was pure perfection as Newt. I always had a connection with Newt from the beginning and Thomas brought my favorite character to life.
I liked how they kept a lot of the same lines from the book in the movie (“Tommy, please” had me crying my eyes out). I guess the fact that James Dashner, the author, was involved helped these movies live up to the books. I set high standards for these movies and each movie produced blew me away.
Yes, there were things that were different. Little things that I could live with being changed but the base of the story was there. Thomas was still our hero, Teresa was still a traitor, Minho and Brenda were still badass, and sadly, Newt’s fate remained the same.
In the end, The Death Cure became the best movie out of the three. The Scorch Trials was my favorite book but the movie doesn’t compare to the The Death Cure. It was the conclusion that every fan wanted and needed. Even if you weren’t fans of the books and just watched the movies, there was still a sense of peace at the end. You sort of feel that after everything the characters went through, there was still a new beginning. There were some characters that we lost along the way and one in particular will remain in my heart forever. But the ending was good and I’m satisfied with it.
If I were you, I’d check out the books if you haven’t already. I’m pretty sure that almost everyone knows or have seen the movies, but go back and read the books. They will provide more incite to WICKED and everyone in the maze. And if you haven’t watched the movies, stop reading this now and go watch them. You’ll love them. I promise.
Let me know in the comments if you enjoyed this series and what you guys would like me to talk about next!