What The Maze Runner Movie Missed

What The Maze Runner Movie Missed

Important Differences Between The Book And The Movie
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Before starting, it must be clear that I am not writing about the most recent of the "Maze Runner" movies. "The Scorch Trials" (the second book in the series and the second movie) was released more recently to this date, and I just want to be clear that I'm writing about the first movie in the series, "The Maze Runner."

I recently had to take a flight across the country and thought reading a book would be the best way to pass the time. My brother had recommended the book series to me almost a year ago and the guy sitting next to me in the airport terminal happened to be reading one of the books in the series, "The Scorch Trials." After noticing this coincidence, I decided that was a sign to go ahead and download "The Maze Runner" to my Kindle account and the rest was history. I've since read the first two books in the series, and I'm undoubtedly hooked. My plan is to finish the series within the next couple of weeks, but while sitting in my apartment alone, I decided it would be a good time to check out the first movie of the series that came out in 2014. While I watched it, I couldn't help but notice how much the movie script writers/directors missed from the book, and I felt hurt by the progression of the movie. That's what this post is for...

1. Thomas knew his name from the start.

Right after he came out the box, he already knew of his name. However, he really didn't remember much else about his past life (whatever that was to him at the time.) In the movie, however, Thomas doesn't even remember his name coming out of the box. In fact, he remembers absolutely nothing.


In the book, not only does Thomas remember his name, he remembers more about his past life. For instance, almost from the start, Thomas thinks he has something to do with the whole Maze setting. He feels as though part of it is because of him. We first catch wind of this when Ben attacks him in the movie and states something along the line of, "This is because of you!" This leads me to my next point.

2. The "changing."

This is an important concept in the book, mainly because of what happens when someone goes through the "changing." For those who may not have read the book, but have seen the movie, I will explain further. When someone is stung by a Griever, they are rehabilitated back in the Glade. Then, they begin to remember more about what the Maze is all about, and each person who goes through it has seen Thomas in their memory. The movie does not explain much about the "changing," and I feel as though this confused viewers as to why Ben was banished so suddenly. There was more thought put into it by members of the Glade, particularly Newt and Alby, and once they realized that he was past rehabilitation and a danger to the group, they banished him.

3. Alby doesn't like Thomas in the beginning of the book.

During the start of the movie, Alby takes on the role of Thomas' friend quite quickly. He takes him out of the prison, shows him around the Glade and introduces him to people. He is understanding, and helpful to Thomas. This is NOT the case in the book. Alby doesn't trust Thomas in the book and is everything but helpful to him. Abby doesn't come around to Thomas (SPOILER ALERT) until he saves him from the Grievers in Thomas' first venture into the Maze.

4. Thomas and Theresa can't speak through their minds.

In the book, Thomas and Theresa are able to telepathically speak through their minds, which allows them to recollect memories from their previous life. This is a HUGE part of the book and I feel as though the movie really missed on this because this ability between Thomas and Theresa really gives the reader a solid understanding of how important their relationship is.

5. Gally.

Even more so than Alby, Gally is way more difficult with Thomas. James Dasher, the author of the books, makes it clear right off the bat that Gally was Thomas' number one enemy in the Glade. In the movie, however, Gally shows Thomas respect when he first remembers his name and locks arms with him, offering a genuine smile. This really threw me off as I watched the movie and I felt as though they didn't portray Gally as enough of a bad guy.

6. The device found in the Griever.

In the book, it is assumed that the Grievers must have come from the creators of the Maze. In the movie, though, Minho finds a device in the Griever that triggers the boys' thought that the Creators must have created the Grievers. The device later helps them find a hidden part of the Maze, which later helps the boys find a way out of the Maze.


7. The Grievers.

The Grievers are without a doubt a huge issue with the Maze in the book. However, I felt as though they were described and portrayed so differently in the book and the movie, respectively. In the book, the Grievers seemed to be slow, not very agile, slimebalms that can roll. However, this couldn't be any more different in the movie. They are made out to be agile, big, wall-friendly creatures - true killing machines. The book describes that they are not more than six feet tall which is so different from the movie because they tower over the Gladers.


These are some of the biggest differences that I noticed in the movie that really changed how I pictured some important parts of the book. However, I don't want to take anything away from the movie because it was entertaining and I thought that there were certain things that they nailed. I thought they created a perfect image of the Glade itself, and I thought they casted almost perfectly, too. I know it sounds cliche, but please, READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU WATCH THE MOVIE!

Cover Image Credit: in.mybookshow.com

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."
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Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."


3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."


4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.


"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.


“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. ...so are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.


Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."


25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.


"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.


"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."


30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.


"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"


32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."


34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."


35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

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6 Ways To Decorate Your Dorm Or Apartment For The Holidays On A Budget

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As the holiday season approaches, it's easy to get sucked into the Pinterest vortex of holiday decorations, party favors, clothes and more. Unfortunately most of us college students don't have the money for all of this cute stuff so we have to watch for bargains or DIY it. Here are my six recommendations to get into the Christmas spirit:

1. String some festive lights in your room

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199565827208188172/

I have Christmas lights hanging up in my room all year around because I love them so much, but you can find some cheap lights at Target or Walmart. You can get snowflake lights, lantern lights, normal Christmas lights or anything else that you want. Use command strips to hang them up, and soon it'll feel more relaxing and you'll be more in the Christmas spirit.

2. Use window clings

https://guide.alibaba.com/shop/merry-christmas-window-clings-north-pole-train-snowflakes-penguins-gingerbread-men-1-sheet-15-clings_1005699551.html

I love window clings! You stick them on from the inside (obviously) and then you can see them from the outside. I have different window clings for almost every season. If you have some old window clings that don't stick anymore, just put a little bit of water on the back of them and they'll stick like they're brand new.

3. Raid the Target dollar section

https://corporate.target.com/article/2015/11/bullseyes-playground

So, this depends on where you live and how often your local Target changes out their dollar section, but you would be surprised in what you could find there!

4. Hunt around for a mini tree (real or fake)

https://www.yourbestdigs.com/reviews/best-artificial-christmas-trees/?nabt=1&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

I used to have a fake little green Christmas tree with cute little ornaments but sadly I don't have it anymore nor do I have room for it anywhere in my room. A little Christmas tree in your room or on your dresser just makes everything a little bit more festive. I used to have my little Christmas tree on my dresser until my cat found it. Yeah, you know where that is going.

5. Make easy DIY decorations

http://findinghomefarms.com/10-minute-christmas-decorating-idea-chalk-pen-galvanized-buckets/

Pinterest is the best website for this, well actually they're known for DIY projects. Why spend $50 on one Christmas decoration when you can do a DIY and spend only $20?

6. Use Winter themed candles

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/e/christmas-gift-guide.html

I love Bath and Body works because they always have the best sales and you can usually get something half priced or sometimes something for free! Plus everything smells so good in that store and it's so tempting to buy everything but if you come into the store with a goal, you'll leave with your goal.

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