After reading The Maze Runner, the book club members attended a movie showing and for about half an hour, ranted about the differences between the two. Here are some of their thoughts:
About The Maze Runner.
The story surrounds a boy named Thomas, who mysteriously ends up in a place he never knew existed called the Glade. When he arrives after being transported in the box, he finds many other boys in the same situation as himself, with no idea why they ended up in this place. Most of the other boys had accepted that they had to stay in the place, surrounded by the walls that opened to a maze. But Thomas was more curious and stubborn than the others, and wouldn’t simply accept that. Thomas becomes a runner, so he could scope out the maze, and find an exit. The majority of the Gladers live in fear of what’s inside the maze. The grievers. If you get stung by one, it courses poison through you that makes recovering from it difficult. He finds a way out, and brings the other boys who were willing to come with him.
Book and Movie Differences
The appearance of the Grievers in the movie differs from the appearance described in the book. In the book they’re described as something like a slimeball, but in the movie they appear as something like an animatronic scorpion. Another difference is the poison antidote. In the book they had the vials of antidote all along, but in the film they only have two vials provided for them in the box, after Alby gets stung. All in all, I think the movie followed pretty closely to the film, even though there were some differences.
Student #2: Now I will share a little bit of of what we discussed about the book at our meeting. One of the topics we talked about was should they have let Ben live? The conclusion we came to was if there were girls in the Glade that they might have voted to let him live. We also discussed who our favorite characters were, how we thought the government was formed in the Glade, and if Newt was a motherly figure.
I have had a few jobs in my life that I didn't enjoy: detassling corn, working in a small motor parts factory, framing pictures, serving food, and rejecting bad eggs in an egg factory. Today, I take part in a book club for teens and I love every minute of it.