– Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
Since a movie adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One will be coming out soon, I decided to do a book review. I really wouldn’t have thought about doing this if I haven’t come across the trailer of the movie on Facebook, because I had no idea at all, that the book was going to be made into a movie, directed by Steven Spielberg.
My initial reaction about this was shock. I was relatively shocked. And excited, ecstatic, electrified, and not quite ready. Those emotions just ran through me in some kind of rapid succession, one after the other, before doubt finally settled in.
I’ve encountered a lot people who has issues when books get turned into movies because the movies tend to leave a lot of important details from the book behind. There are even times when the movie plot actually wanders away from what was written in the book.
Books-to-movies such as the ff.: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn / Movie directed by David Fincher; My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult / Movie directed by Nick Cassavetes; Insurgent by Veronica Roth / Movie directed by Robert Schwenke
I’m not holding any grudges among the people mentioned above. Really, no. I just opened up the subject because I wanted to clear myself and make you guys understand what I felt when I found out Ready Player One was adapted into a movie, and also to prove my point. And the point is that: I am having second thoughts about the movie because I am afraid that the plot will amble away from the book.
As I’ve mentioned, a lot of people have issues about books-turned-movies wandering away from the original plot, and I’m no different from those people. But of course, I’m always up for something new. Preferably, the good kind of new. Although, to be quite honest, I’m kinda catching feels about this book adaptation because it’s Steven Spielberg doing the directing after all.
Know him? Of course you do. He is, after all, dubbed the highest grossing director in capital H-istory! *examines my nails*
He directed these movies I’ve watched growing up, and had came to love:
Jurassic Park (1993)
E. T the Extra Terrestrial (1982)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
These are only some of his works. I didn’t even get to mention Indiana Jones, and I love Indiana Jones (with the influence of my uncles) and Harrison Ford. So to speak, I’m not entirely losing faith that this movie will turn out great.
Come on, Spielberg! Bring on the big guns!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was me. But on another note, if any of you guys haven’t seen the trailer of Ready Player One yet, and is interested, just click the higlighted, blue letters below ⤵
Ready Player One Official [HD] Trailer
And now that I have said my peace with the upcoming movie adaptation, let’s move on to the book. *insert pterodactyl screech*
In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
Review: Is it so bad that I’m actually getting jitters while typing this?
Okay, so it’s been a long time since I’ve read Ready Player One but I distinctly remember that I finished this book in one day. I was just that consumed with the plot, with everything that was happening, and it was just that interesting and engrossing. I had gone overtime reading this book because I just can’t seem to put it down. And when I do, I just find myself drifting away, wondering what would happen next.
This book just made a big impression on me because the story mostly talked, or revolved about the 80’s/90’s culture, and although I wasn’t born in those times (but in the decade after) I grew up with the influence of the previous years. I’m not talking about the fashion sense they had back, but the songs and the games, God the games.
You guys still remember Pac-Man? The yellow M&M who has a mouth as big as the Grand Canyon and unbelievably eats everything it comes across? (well, except for ghosts) Super Mario Bros.? Galaga? Burger Time? Dungeons of Daggorath? Just thinking about these arcade games brings me a big wave of nostalgia, and these are only few the games mentioned in Ready Player One. If you loved playing these games while growing up, I’m more than certain that you will relate to the book. And I guess it’s one of the main reasons why this book held so much appeal to me because it reminded me so much of my childhood.
And just to make things clear to those who haven’t read the book yet, 85-90% of the plot happened inside the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation): is a simulation game/virtual world where the people spends most of their time in the fully immersive multiplayer game, complete with thousands of planets, never-ending quests, than in the real world which happens to be a total mess. Because apparently,
in the year 2045, reality is an ugly place.
So in other words, the OASIS is kinda like social media (in my opinion), but more adventurous and creative.
The creator of the game, James Halliday, had spent his final years creating history’s most celebrated easter egg hunt inside the OASIS. The grand prize, his entire multi-hundred-billion dollar fortune, and the complete control over the OASIS.
So that’s where the killing comes in. I’m not planning on disclosing any part of that story here because I’m opting for a spoiler-free review. Although, take note that I found Ready Player One an action-packed book that just kept me on my toes like I’m actually part of the hunt. And the last few chapters were so climactic that adrenaline was coursing through my body and the ending just brought me into an abrupt halt even though I already saw it coming. And for the characters, I’m just happy on how they came out to be. How they found friends and confidants when that was the last thing they expected to find with the ongoing hunt. I didn’t find any big issues with them or whatsoever, but there’s Aech, and omg I wasnt expecting that! And I loved how feisty and smart Art3mis was. The characters were just so well-rounded that it’s never easy to forget them.
Also, it’s just quite impressive how Ernest Cline thought about the plot of this book and made it happen. Just thinking about all the facts and history of the of the 80’s his team and he, had to look for and scour. All the research they made, the time and dedication they put into this book is just downright amazing. Although there were some flaws and errors, it was still fun to read. It would probably take me forever to write this book if I was the one who thought about the plot. And I just have to give it to the author with how effortlessly he transitions talking about the past times and the future, complete with details, although with faults, but still made me conclude just how clever he is somehow.
If you love playing videogames, I highly recommend this book. Or if any of you know someone who does, do tell them about this book if they haven’t read it yet because they missed out on a lot.
My rating: 4.5/5 🌟
So my review ends here.
And I hereby proclaim that Ready Player One is a Must Read.
Your ever loyal gunter,