Monday, January 6, 2014

Guest Post from James Dashner + a Giveaway

Good morning, readers! Today I'm super excited to be taking part in the blog tour to promote the paperback release of James Dashner's The Kill Order. If you aren't familiar, it's the prequel to the Maze Runner series (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, and The Death Cure).

As part of the tour, I've got a guest post from the author himself and I'm able to offer up one copy of The Kill Order as a giveaway (US only please). To enter, be sure to read through to the end.

And now I'll hand it over to James!

HEARING The Maze Runner come to life:

I thought I'd share with you guys a little of the film experience. If I tried to cover every facet of it, I'd have to write a book, not a blog post! But I recently made a trip to LA that will give you a real taste of what it's been like: the scoring for the film's soundtrack.

Over the last year or so, I've thrown out a lot of superlatives about this movie and its process. Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@jamesdashner) will know that I'm slightly obsessed with the whole thing. From the studio (Fox) to the director (Wes Ball) to the cast (many amazing people), I've had one good experience after another. I'm almost scared people have stopped believing me because it's been such an extremely positive process, everything beyond even my wildest hopes.

Well, seeing composer John Paesano record the music for the film was just the icing on the cake. I was excited way back in the beginning when Wes Ball told me that he wanted an "epic, orchestral score" for the movie, something with which I agreed 100%. As much as I (and my fans) love to listen to the latest and greatest pop music, I didn't want the typical YA soundtrack that seems to have become the norm. Wes and I wanted something that soared and ripped out your emotions, and Paesano delivered in a big way.

It's amazing. Seeing a full 75-person orchestra (and a choir) record the music over several days brings up a lot of adjectives that I could throw at you. Surreal. Fantastic. Moving. Thrilling. I had a life's worth of goosebumps, and even shed some tears (something I fully expect to happen to my fans as well). I don't know what I'm more excited about: my readers seeing the story come to life visually or hearing the music that goes with it. Of course, one feeds the other and I really think everyone is going to love it.

So, as you can imagine, that was a trip that I'll never forget. It's become impossible for me to put everything into words. As a huge film buff, seeing a movie behind the scenes would've been cool on its own. Throw in that it's based on a book I wrote, and that's just ridiculous.

The film comes out on September 19th in the US. (Worldwide release dates are mostly around then, too.)

See you at the movies!

I don't know about all of you but I am definitely looking forward to seeing The Maze Runner on the big screen!

And now for the giveaway! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below before Monday, January 27.

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Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour as well!

1/7/14 Alice Marvels

1/8/14 A Dream Within A Dream

1/9/14 Book Twirps

1/10/14 Adventures in YA Publishing

1/11/14 Lytherus

1/12/14 Skiffy and Fanty

1/13/14 Suvudu

1/14/14 Sci Fi Chick

1/15/14 Evie's Bookish


traveler said...

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Kate Jourdan said...

I am a writer and cellist and to hear you talk about the music is just as exciting. Every time I see a soundtrack taping with an orchestra, my eyes leak.

Amy Mays said...

Thanks for the giveaway

Courtney Harnish said...

So excited to hear more about the adaptation of The Maze Runner coming to life on the big screen, and equally as excited for the giveaway.

Lucas Reis said...

Residents of Brazil may also participate? Please! I love this cape

Anonymous said...

I can't wait til the movie!

Dustin SaysHi said...

So excited for this giveaway! I'll be re-entering any fields possible until it ends. I'm such a Dashner junkie. I got a signed copy of The Maze Runner for Christmas and screamed SO loud. I'll be going to the premiere the first day humanly possible; I hope the theaters near me have early showings. I'll bring my Maze Runner jacket, hehee. Only 265 more days. Hang in there guys. :S

Deisha Jordan said...

This series is literally my life. I never thought I would love it as much as I did. I made my family read it and a bunch of my friends and they all loved it as well. I would love to win. James Dashner rocks!

Dillon Mays said...

Sweet. As a new fan to the series, and a podcaster, I'm excited.

monica said...

I'm still in the middle of the Scorch Trials, But still loving it!

Ember said...

"Surreal. Fantastic. Moving. Thrilling. I had a life's worth of goosebumps, and even shed some tears (something I fully expect to happen to my fans as well)."

Guess I'll be sobbing in the movie theatre then.


TheBookListOfBooks said...

I love Dashner's books, so I'm super excited to hear the soundtrack when it comes out!

Sara Wu said...

I enjoy reading this series so much!

Anonymous said...

I have not read anything by this author, but love reading new (to me)authors. Will need to check this one out.

Carolyn Valdez

Emelin said...

I seriously cannot wait for this movie!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to start reading the Maze Runner series! I'm so excited to read it, sounds like a fascinating series! I'm definitely gonna get my hands on some copies ASAP

Vero G. Jimenez said...

This saga is amazing, i want more :)
Cant wait for the movie too