Ready Player One Trailer

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday! What are you most looking forward to next year?

Can you believe that Christmas is in a week? I’m not sure if I’m ready! I hope everyone else is enjoying the holidays!

A long time ago on this blog, I did a book review for Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. I had heard the rumors when they first popped up about a movie being made based off of the book and it seemed interesting.

The book itself is about a race against time and corrupt organizations for control of the major MMO world called the OASIS. The creator of the OASIS passed away and left behind Easter Eggs and puzzles. Whoever solved the puzzles controlled the OASIS. Considering that the OASIS was considered the real world to many — an escape from a bleak reality — the economic benefits of controlling the world was incredible.

The trailer doesn’t look bad… But nothing quite stands out to me. We’ve seen amazing scenes done with special effects in plenty of sci-fi and fantasy movies nowadays, and with virtual reality actually being a, well, reality, the idea of the setting doesn’t seem as fantastic. I mean, there is no virtual reality quite like the OASIS in our world — not yet — so it’ll be interesting to see how the OASIS is brought to life, but I’m much more interested in how the movie will portray the characters and the plot.

The plot itself is fairly standard. You can guess how the ending will go. When I was reading the book, the plot was interesting enough to keep reading, but I was generally reading for the characters and their reactions to the corrupt government and how they were trying to save both the real and the virtual world. The trailers show off Wade, the main character, rightly so, but it also focused more on the potential of OASIS rather than the characters. Trailers are teasers, of course, so they’re trying to catch your eye with whatever they believe is fantastic enough to do so, but I hope the movie itself will do the characters justice.

You see Wade, you see who might be Art3mis, you see who is probably the bad guy… I want to see Aech. I want to see more of James Halliday and his influence on this world. Yes, I would love to see more of OASIS, but I certainly hope that the movie will not focus so much on the scenery and special effects that it forgets the story of the characters.

Ready Player One comes out early next year. We’ll see how it turns out.

Have you read Ready Player One? What do you think of the trailer?

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Friday Favorites: Video Game Novels

Double Jump Kris MiiBooks are another love of Rachel’s and mine, and some of my favorites tend to include video games or virtual reality settings as a main focus. They’re the best of both worlds!

This Friday, I thought I would share some of my favorite books that include video games.

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One was Ernest Cline’s debut novel centering on a young man who’s escape was literally virtual reality. The world nearly lived in OASIS, the virtual utopia, and they were obsessed with solving the original creator’s puzzles. Whoever solved the puzzles were promised power and wealth, enough so that players were willing to kill for the clues. I recently finished Cline’s Armada and, while Armada wasn’t bad, definitely preferred Ready Player One, if only due to the characters.

In Real Life

A graphic novel, In Real Life is by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang. The main character is a gamer who enjoys playing the MMORPG Coarsegold Online in her free time, allowing her to be as brave and heroic as she wants to be. It focuses on bullying both offline and online, as well as friendships. Sounds a bit cliche, but it was actually really well done, and the illustrations were great!

Warcross

Okay, so I haven’t read Marie Lu’s Warcross just yet, but Rachel finished it and stuck it on my bed, which usually means, “Read this now! I need to discuss this with someone!” She was gushing about it the other night, being extremely vague as she tried so hard not to spoil anything, and I haven’t seen her get that excited over a book in a while. It has virtual reality, hackers, and spies… What more could you want?

Have you read any of these books? What other novels that are set in video game worlds have you read?

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“Ready Player One” Review

krismii Hello everyone! Kris here with a review of a novel that allows readers to dive into a virtual reality world. I hope you enjoy it!

“For a bunch of hairless apes, we’ve actually managed to invent some pretty incredible things.” – Ernest Cline (Ready Player One)

“Ready Player One” Review

This post may contain spoilers for the book.

Ernest Cline’s “Ready Player One” is catered to video gamers and comic book geeks, and it’s fantastic!

“Ready Player One” plays in a future version of our world, one that is bleak except for the virtual utopia OASIS. It is OASIS that allows the main character, teenage Wade Watts, to enjoy his life as he prefers the virtual world with its puzzles and various lands to reality. The novel is rife with pop culture references for readers of this time, implementing them into the adventure and romance plot flawlessly.

Although the novel started out slowly as us readers got acquainted with Cline’s world and Wade was arrogant in his skills, it was a fun read with the core plot revolving around a competition for control of OASIS. We are soon immersed in the wonder of the virtual reality and Wade’s skills, both of the gaming and social variety, are constantly challenged. Friendships are tested and strengthened, and a strong sense of community rises both in OASIS and the real world that so many try to escape on a normal basis.

With rich, fantasy settings, a wonderful and diverse cast of characters, and a healthy dose of geekiness, “Ready Player One” is more than worthy of a read.

“Ready Player One” gets a 4 out of 5 stars.