James Dashner’s Essay on THE EYE OF MINDS

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Read more about what inspired author James Dashner to write his new book, The Eye of Minds, book one of The Mortality Doctrine.

It’s easy for me to pinpoint the very first glimmer of inspiration I had for The Eye of Minds. I love movies, and there are two movies that easily fall into my Top Ten Movies of All Time list, which is more of a concept than an actual list. (I think it currently has about 20 movies on it and it isn’t written down anywhere other than in my mind.)  Those two movies are Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, and The Matrix, directed by the Wachowskis.  These are what I call “event” movies—films that blew me away and stayed with me, still to this day. Some of the concepts presented in those films stuck in my mind, and definitely inspired my thought process as I came up with the story for The Eye of Minds.

To read the rest of the essay, click here.

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Dylan O’Brien on THE MAZE RUNNER Delay

Dylan O’Brien was feeling very positive about FOX’s choice to delay THE MAZE RUNNER movie until September 19, 2014 when he talked to the media at New York Comic-Con this past weekend.

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“It means the studio is backing it, and you know, they want to give Wes, the director, and the visual effects team all the time that they need to make the movie the best version it can be. I think it’s so smart what they did.”

“I mean, we wrapped in July, and having it release in February, a big action and visual effects dystopian movie, would be kind of insane. So I think it’s great that we’re going to be able to take the time now to make it as good as it can be. The best version of the film it can be.”

There’s also one other big perk that Dylan is excited for:

“We get to do Comic-Con San Diego next year, which we wouldn’t have gotten to do otherwise, so that’ll be good too.”

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THE MAZE RUNNER Movie Sequel, THE SCORCH TRIALS, Moving Forward

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THE MAZE RUNNER release date has been pushed back to September 19, 2014, Fox has already optioned its sequel, THE SCORCH TRIALS!

T.S. Nowlin, who adapted THE MAZE RUNNER along with Noah Oppenheim and Grant Myers, will helm the script for the sequel under the supervision of returning director Wes Ball.

The production of THE SCORCH TRIALS still hinges on the success of THE MAZE RUNNER, but this is great news for the series!

Now Available: THE EYE OF MINDS

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James Dashner’s newest book, THE EYE OF MINDS, is on store shelves now! You can pick up your copy wherever books are sold, including your favorite e-book dealer. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

If you would like a side of special features with your amazing story, copies purchased at Barnes and Noble have a exclusive chapter annotated by James Dashner himself.

Happy reading, Dashner Army!

Has THE MAZE RUNNER Movie Been Postponed?

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According to director Wes Ball and author James Dashner on Twitter, the big screen adaption of THE MAZE RUNNER  has been postponed from its February 2014 release date to September, 14th 2014. Here’s what they have had to say.

20th Century Fox’s official website as well as the movie’s official Facebook and Twitter still states February 14th as the release date for the movie, but that could change any moment. As far as we can tell, Fox has not released an official statement stating why the release date has been moved.

What do you think about the new date being moved to only a little less than a year away? Let us know how you guys are going to deal with the extra wait in the comments below.

Exclusive Interview With James Dashner on THE EYE OF MINDS, Part 1

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Hello Dashner fans!

I got a chance to read an ARC of James Dashner‘s new book, The Eye of Minds, and posed several questions for him to answer about it.  No worries, there are no spoilers for this part of the interview.

1) Describe The Eye of Minds in 3 words

James Dashner:  Twisty. Fast. Fear.

2) There were some pretty interesting riddles in the story.  Was it difficult to come up with the riddles?

JD:  I’ve always been fascinated with riddles. In fact, every series I’ve ever written has had some type of riddle embedded within it. The funny thing is, I grew up so impressed with authors who did that and it was something about which I had very little confidence in myself. But I keep trying, and it seems to keep working.

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3) You said this book was inspired by certain movies.  Were there any video games that also inspired the story?

JD:  The first video game that truly struck me and stayed with me was The Legend of Zelda. That sense of going on a mission and meeting different challenges definitely inspired The Path in my book.

4) You gave almost all your characters from The Maze Runner a first name only.  And it seems you’re keeping that trend for this book as well.  Any reason for that?

JD:  I usually don’t find much point in telling you what someone’s last name is. They rarely come up in casual conversation, especially amongst friends. It just seems info-dumpy. Plus, it makes the character a little more open to your interpretation the less you know specifically.

5) What was the most challenging part about writing this novel?

JD:  Crafting it to build to the end I wanted. I’ve never planned and crafted this much.

6) You have three major characters in this first book of the series, one of them being female.  Will there be any romantic development between any of them, minor or major?

JD:  I’m not a big romance guy, as my readers can attest. If something develops naturally, it will, but it will never be a main aspect of my works.

7) What are your favorite video games to play?

JD:  Skyrim is awesome. But, honestly, I like physical gaming more than video gaming. Everything from Magic to Ticket to Ride!

The Eye of Minds comes out Tuesday, October 8, 2013.  Check out my short, non-spoiler review of The Eye of Minds.

Signed Copies of “The Eye of Minds” as Target’s Daily Deal

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Have you preordered your copy of James Dashner’s new book The Eye of Minds yet? If not, Target is having a great deal today only!

If you preorder the signed hardcover version of The Eye of Minds on Target.com today, you will not only get it for only $10 (47% off list price), but you will also get free shipping. You can redeem this great deal here, but make sure you do so before 11:59 PM EST tonight!