Book Adaptation: Maze Runner Review

O.K, so before I start, I have gone against all I stand for in life, if by that I mean my rule of never watching the film before the book. It’s true, I did it, and I have no regrets. This film was… It is beyond words. I thought the film was amazing. Before watching it, I wasn’t really sure about reading it. A friend had read Maze Runner and said it was O.K. Not Mortal Instruments good but still very good. So I went to watch it with her, and now I am reading the book. I am only twenty pages in but it’s already suspense-filled.

To start off with my first book adaptation review, I will start with the opening scene. Woah! The cinema was packed with noise of, mainly, boys messing around. (We were two of around ten girls in a male packed cinema due to the themes of the book and film). As soon as it started, there was silence. Not a word, then you see Thomas in the box. It was a beautiful scene in the sense of the setting and all the props and visual effects. They were so real!

The friend I went with told me that this film was very accurate with the book, with the exception of the usual few things

Overall, this film was gripping, suspense-filled and I cannot wait to get back to reading the book!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Glass

Rating: Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

 

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published by: McElldrey Books

Publication date: March 24 2009

Pages: 576

Genres: Teen Fiction/Fantasy

Summary: With two of the Mortal Instruments now in Valentine’s hands, the world of the Shadowhunters teeters on the brink of civil war. Jace and the Lightwoods are recalled to Idris, the Shadowhunters’ remote and hidden home country, where a search has begun for the last of the Instruments, the Mortal Glass. Clary finds herself caught up in the chaos as the delicate social order of the Nephilim begins to shatter, pitting Downworlder against Downworlder and Shadowhunters against each other. When the City of Glass falls under attack, can Downworlders and Nephilim fight together to defeat Valentine, or will their longstanding hatred destroy them all? And when Clary discovers the unbelievable truth about her own past, can she find Jace before it’s too late?
Review:

City of Glass was the original finale for the mortal instruments series, but being so popular, fans begged Cassandra Clare to continue. This book contains many great plot twists capturing the reader. As soon as you start reading, it is impossible to stop. This book also contains great Clace (Clary and Jace) moments, as well as a huge twist that will leave you wondering ‘what’s next?’ You also see great evolution in our main characters: Clary Fray, Jace Morgenstern, Simon Lewis, Isabelle and Alec Lightwood and the high warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. The book is constantly filled with suspense, no matter what’s going on, there is always something big going on with some of the characters. After reading the first two books, I couldn’t stop myself from reading the third.
It’s probably just me but in this book I sort of did want to see Clary show a bit of a dark side, maybe join Valentine, but then that i just me. Anyway, if you’re thinking about taking a break after City of Ashes, don’t bother. Personally this was one of my favourite installments.

Why Do Directors Change Our Books? – Rants in My Pants

WARNING: Contains a mild swear word. (At least I think it's a swear word, any way, WARNING, WARNING.)

Why do directors change our books

This constantly irritates me when directors and screen play writers decide to change books for their adaptations onto screen. We have seen this happen in City of Bones and I am number four. Both books which went south very quickly. I’m not saying the movies weren’t good but it is difficult for someone who has read the book to watch the movie and not complain about every little detail they changed. But these weren’t little details, no no, these were huge details that I feel ruined the movies.

It’s no wonder authors are wary about selling rights to movie companies. Look at John green for example, the movie ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ almost didn’t even get made.

About two weeks after the book came out, my brother and I were [in Los Angeles] for a tour event and Wyck [Godfrey] came backstage and said, ‘We’re going to make a movie where the girl has tubes in her nose in almost every frame of the movie, and where the lead romantic male is an amputee, and it’s going to be a movie about people but it will be a movie about people who aren’t defined by their disability. They are going to be complex, rich characters and we think we can make a really faithful adaptation of your book.’

And so they managed to connvice John Green of the movie

But overall, authors have to be incredibly persistent in getting their movies to be accurate. But why should authors have to fight for their stories to remain as they had originally written? It is their story. To be honest with you i don’t know why authors don’t make sure contracts let them have the final say in the screenplay to make sure they are accurate. I am sure any author would want to make sure they had this say, so why don’t they?

The sequel to the worldwide phenomenon ‘The Mortal Instruments’ ‘City of Ashes’ was delayed in filming due to the lack of blockbuster opening. Cassandra Clare responded, saying:

The draft screenplay she saw was “very far from the book” and that the original schedule would not have allowed time for changes, and she thought the delay could be good.

In fact I feel sorry for her because we all also wonder, what was going on with Clary’s hair? When someone says they have natural red hair it means they have ginger hair, so why was Clary’s hair a brownish red? Not even a brownish ginger but it was clear it had been dyed. Has every one heard how Harald Zwart won’t be directing the equel if it ever gets made as he would like to ‘have a change’. We all know what that means. He messed up and is too embarrassed to own up to his own crappy work. You too D.J Caruso, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

But at the same time, congratulations Josh Boone, you have made an amazing book adaptation and you should be proud that you stand about all the other crappy directors.

To sum up everything, I would become a director for the pure reason of making sure my beloved books were Not Changed under any circumstances. Every director who has messed up these adaptations should be sued for vandalising these pieces of art.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day. xxx

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Divergent Series: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergnt coverTitle: Divergent

Review:  Cup of TeaCup of TeaCup of TeaCup of Tea

Author: Veronica Roth

Published by: Katherine Tegan Books
Publication date: April 25 2011
Pages: 487
Genres: Young Adult Fiction/ Adventure/ Dystopian Fantasy
Summary: For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

Waterstones ¦ Amazon

 

Review:

The funny thing is, I accidentally read the first chapter of Insurgent thinking it was the first book in this trilogy, luckily I didn’t understand much of it so it didn’t give too much away. After that it took me around two years to buy the next book, after encouragement from a friends who had read books one and two and was about to buy the final one, Allegiant. This book was… well it was good, but something about it just didn’t quite capture me like some other books have. It didn’t have any humour which made it quite a heavy read. The story follows a girl called Tris who, when taking her aptitude test, a test that determines character, finds herself \divergent, not fitting in with any group. It was an extremely thrilling novel, although I do wonder whether it isn’t a little too like the hunger games. The end of the story is also quite low key if that makes sense. It makes you want to read on to the next book, but you wouldn’t die waiting to read it if that makes any sense at all.