Growing up in “nerd” culture as I did, I was absorbed in video games, the Lord of the Rings, and the like. Not so much 80s culture, however. Not as much as Ready Player One, the book, would have liked.
But I read Ready Player One (or, rather, had it read to me through the audiobook) anyway, and I was completely absorbed in the universe. Is the book perfect? No. Is it a good read? Sure. It’s a fun look at what I think will ultimately be our future (well, I think something like the Oasis – the VR world – is our future).
Having seen the movie… it’s a fun time, for sure. The references are great, to be sure, and it’s got the same theme as the book.
But if you were to ask me if it has anything to actually do with the book? Not really.
I won’t give any spoilers here, but really the book felt non-existent. So much has been changed, that even the time the events take changed.
You can take that how you want. If you read the book, and are looking for a book-to-scene adaptation, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re just looking for a good time fueled by nostalgia, look no further.
I think that movie is great, but you’ve got to know what you’re going into.
I’ll be the first to admit I was disappointed, but I did enjoy the movie for what it was. What made this such a strange experience for me was that the author of the book did work on the screenplay, so I guess that makes it canon.