Blog:5 The Maze Runner

One element that I take from the Maze Runner that I want to put into my short story is the overall tone of the story. One thing I am going to strive to do is to write a short story that the overall mood is dark and gloomy and the characters are in a bad spot the entire story. But at the same time, it is almost like a comedy because the characters are very happy and are making every situation funny throughout the story. I choose this element because I feel like mood is a really important part of a story. Mood is what gets the audience interested, without it a story wouldn’t be what it is. When people are leaving a movie theater or when people finish a book that thing that sticks in the back of their head when they look back at the story weeks later is the mood. That is why I am going to really focus to put it into my short story, and it will also be similar to the mood of The Maze Runner. This will help shape my story into a story just like The Maze Runner, so people will be concerned about the outcome of the story but at the same time they will be caught up in the comedy of the story. This will fit in perfectly because the story is based on a bad ending, but the ending will be funny to the reader due to the fact that the characters in my story from the start to the finish will be making comedy for the readers. And even tho the ending is not going to be a good one, the characters will still make it funny. So in a way, it is an ending that isn’t all too terrible.

Blog 4: Setting

The setting is a very big part of The Maze Runner due to the fact that it basically decides what happens during the entire story. The glade that Thomas is dumped into at the start of the story is everything to the story. The glade is what Thomas and the rest of the teenagers he is with know as their new home. It is where they are forced to live, and where they can make an attempt to escape from. The glade makes up the maze that these kids live in and that is why the setting is extremely vital to this story.  Right away it is revealed to the reader that the glade is a place that every character was put into against their will. Nobody knows how they got to where they are or who they were before they were put there, everyone is just aware that they must work to make the situation of where they are better as best they can. The setting applies to the glade right from the start when Thomas is introduced to his new family. The author gives a detailed explanation of the setting, how it is dark and gloomy. The fact that there are long metal walls up as high as the eye can see, and as far as you can see as well. This may seem like something that would take Thomas a long time to get adjusted to, but he begins to fit in and interact with people he has just met right from the start of his time in the glade. In just over 3 days he begins to completely understand his environment and what his plans are. He also earns respect from many other members of the glade simply because of his natural knowledge and ability to pick up new things that would seem confusing to others. Because of this, Thomas is able to work his way up the ranks to become one of the most respected if not the most respected kid in the glade simply because he fits into the environment of the setting extremely well.

Blog 3: Humor

Humor is definitely not something that is used in The Maze Runner so far. Ever since the book started there is constant drama and serious conversations, and not much humor is involved at all. The book is just all Thomas being confused and learning things about the glade. There are very horrific things that have occurred so far actually. Thomas has to learn what people act like when they are stung by something that he doesn’t even know about yet. He sees what he is not even supposed to see which is a person dealing with the effects of a sting, he screams and is bleeding all over his body. One thing is for sure, The Maze Runner is not a very big comedy book, but I could possibly think of a few ways they could slip humor into the story. The only way to slip humor into The Maze Runner is humor through the conversation of the many glade teenagers. There are so many kids stuck in the glade but so far in the story, they have only discussed very serious topics. However, somewhere throughout the story, there will definitely be a time and place to add humor through conversations with the teenagers. They have hinted and shown that they are at least immature in some ways. A situation I can think of is all of the teenagers having a group meeting that they have often. During the meeting, Newt would be talking discussing what the daily plans everyone would be assigned and what everyone should be doing. This conversation could be interrupted multiple times by Thomas and many other people expressing how they are frustrated and disagree. It doesn’t have to be the funniest thing but just to add a little bit of humor to a book that is so focused on being so serious would be a good thing. The story was definitely written to be a thriller serious non-comedic book, but humor is in many movies or books that are scary or serious themed, it could be in The Maze Runner as well.

Blog 2: The Maze Runner Characterization

Currently in “The Maze Runner” there are two characters that really stuck out to me. The first is the main character Thomas. He is suddenly trapped in a very weird deep underground maze. He is introduced to the story right when the first sentence is written, the reader experiences all of the weird new things that is happening to Thomas when he is experiencing them himself. Thomas is a very smart character and also one I enjoy reading about. Ever since he is introduced to the big group of people that they expect him to call his “new family”, also known as the “Gladers”, he completely loses his mind and questions everything that the Gladers expect him to accept right away. Him questioning every little detail attempted to be explained to him makes the leader of the Gladers, Alby, makes everyone extremely frustrated with him for slowing down the process of the explanation, but to me it’s hilarious. Thomas is extremely terrified and scared, but fights off all of these feelings with question that he knows isn’t what the Gladers want, and there is a feeling in the back of his mind that they will try to hurt him, but he knows he has nothing to lose at this point of his life and he does it anyways. The second character that stuck out to be was a little boy named Chuck. He is the youngest Glader by far, a little teenage boy. What stood out to me however is the fact that he admits he has not been in the system long just like Thomas. But Chuck already seems to know so many details about things Thomas is completely lost about. This leads me to believe that people really learn things quick in the Glade, especially if a young kid like Chuck knows so much. For a young boy, Chuck is extremely smart and always is on high alert. He looks towards a certain area knowing there is a commotion before a loud scream startles everyone else. I don’t think of him as a little jumpy kid as much as I think of him as a smart young boy. So far in the story, these two characters stood out to me the most, now I am interested to see what it is they will do next.   Chuck & Thomas 1.png

“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

Currently I am reading “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner. The story begins with a boy that is in an elevator that is rapidly dropping down at an extreme rate. The boy completely forgets everything about himself except for his name, Thomas. This really is confusing to me. How can someone completely forget everything about himself, where he is from, absolutely everything, except his name? This is one thing I have been trying to comprehend but the story hasn’t really explained. Nevertheless, I think Thomas is a very smart character. He has constantly been trying to find out information and thinking about ways he could escape. Thomas meets a group of people when he gets to the bottom of the elevator. The people act calm as though they have been through the process of meeting a new person before. Due to this fact, I can assume that Thomas will be informed about who he is and where he is in the next chapter. Also, another big thing I believe Thomas will figure out is a way possible to escape from where he is. The story does not state what year or where it takes place. But from what I am lead to believe, it is very deep underground and extremely dark everywhere. Also, whoever designed this place put a great amount of time and effort into the creation of it. Because of how impossible and unrealistic all of it seems, I am going to assume that the time is in the future. I have no real knowledge of why Thomas has ended up where he is, but my assumption is that he was brainwashed and sent deep underground to be forced to go through very dangerous tasks. Just like any story, I think it is safe to assume that Thomas will meet people in this group that he likes and agrees with, and people that he dislikes and disagrees with. This is a well known novel and in every well known novel people need to hate someone so I would think this is safe to assume. But all in all, the first few chapters of “The Maze Runner” are very interesting, and I am very excited to see what will occur next.