The Maze Runner, the film adaptation of James Dashner’s popular book of the same name, was a hit at the box office making $32.5 million its opening weekend, according to Entertainment Weekly. It made $38 million internationally, according to Deadline. The movie starring Dylan O’Brien from the popular TV series, Teen Wolf, appealed to both teen girls and teen guys with an almost even audience split of 51% female and 49% male (though many thought the boys would dominate because of the almost exclusively male cast…I guess they didn’t factor in teen girls flocking to a movie with many hot young guys). Rotten Tomatoes shows that 80% of the audience liked the adaptation and 63% of critics rated it well.
Speaking as a massive YA fan, a lot of these adaptations are hit or miss with audiences. Young adults are a very fickle audience and probably the hardest demographic to please, especially if you’re adapting what many of these teens consider an escape from their own reality. Seriously, to some people (myself included) these characters are like their children. YA fans are harsh critics. We either love it or we hate it. I haven’t watched the movie or read the book so I have no opinion on the story itself. (No worries! It’s on my to-read list! It sounds like an awesome series.) It’s hard for these YA adaptations to be successful in the box office because so many fans are apprehensive to watch the movie. What if they changed everything? What if the actors don’t say the lines right? What if they moved the scenes around? What if they changed the ending? What if the tone of the movie doesn’t match the tone of the book (see: Vampire Academy)? Like I said, we’re a fickle and picky bunch. I’m glad The Maze Runner pleased audiences and was a success. That’s getting harder and harder for YA series to do these days. I should read the books before the sequel comes out….
The Maze Runner is the first book in Dashner’s trilogy, which is at #1 in the NYT Best Sellers (in YA Series). It’s a sci-fi novel set in a post-apocalyptic world. If you like Divergent and The Hunger Games, you’ll probably like The Maze Runner.
If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.
When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.
Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.
Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.
Everything is going to change.
Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.
Remember. Survive. Run.