The Maze Runner book offers a fast-paced introduction to a dystopian society written by James Dashner. It’s a book that relies on spending time in its main characters head, and it thrives on creating a puzzle for its characters, asking viewers to guess and wonder why The Glade exists and why a group of misfit boys have been placed in its strange and horrifying environment.

Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner asks the same questions and requires the same commitment from its audience, creating an energetic and mystery-ridden world in which answers are not readily forthcoming or apparent. Still, while The Maze Runner movie shares a lot of the spirit of Dashner’s novel, it’s a wholly different affair. Much of the time when I put together this column for Cinema Blend, I spend time writing about nuanced changes made to tighten up a script. Unlike many book adaptations, The Maze Runner, while constantly nodding at its source material, is very different from the book it is based on. It makes for a lively movie, although fans of the novel may find themselves a little put off by the changes made for the theatrical version.

Following are the 10 biggest changes I noticed in my screening of Twentieth Century Fox’s The Maze Runner. Plenty of other details were changed, of course, and feel free to remark on any changes you feel may have been more noticeable. There are many spoilers in The Maze Runner book to movie comparison. Do not delve in if you want the film to be a surprise.

Thomas flashback Thomas starts to remember things from his past life almost immediately. After relearning his name, he begins having dreams, dreams which feature himself and a young woman along with an older voice constantly purring "Wicked is good." This allows the screenwriters to cut out most of the extemporaneous griever attacks and allow the characters to remember a few details from their past without getting stung.

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