Andy Weir’s debut novel, The Martian, began humbly as a serialized story on Weir’s personal website, but since then it has taken off astronomically (pun intended). Many who read the novel on the website requested that Weir put his story on Amazon, and he acquiesced, setting the novel at the lowest possible price. Then, as the book became extremely popular, climbing Amazon’s sci-fi charts, a publisher approached Weir, and soon, movie rights were purchased. Now, the film has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, a perfect end to the rags-to-riches story.
In most books, the reader’s focus centers on the character who experiences the novel’s tragedy, has the biggest personality, or gets caught up in the whirlwind of the action. But what happens to the people around that main character? How are they affected by what happens to the hero of the story?
One of the big stories at the box office this weekend was the premiere of the new young adult dystopian movie The Maze Runner. But before Dylan O’Brien brought Thomas to life on the silver screen, The Maze Runner was a thrilling novel by James Dashner.