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Review: Ready Player One

Review: Ready Player One

ready coverReady Player One is the highly anticipated movie based on the book of the same title by Ernest Cline. It is a love letter by Cline to many aspects of nerd culture. By creating a futuristic world of destitution where the only prospect of bettering yourself is through a virtual world Cline is able to incorporate many of his favorite things.

Cline’s world takes place in the year 2045. The real world is low on natural resources and space. People live in cramped trailers stacked on top of each other. There aren’t many jobs available forcing most people use the online world, The OASIS, to acquire any kind of currency. Upon his death one of the creators and the owner of The OASIS, James Halliday, declared a contest to see who would become his successor. A series of three “Easter Eggs” have been hidden in The OASIS for those who can find and win them. The winner of all three will gain control of The OASIS and all of Halliday’s assets. People called “gunters” search for the eggs. Some through the corporate sponsorship of IOI, others in clans and a few search independently.

One of those few is a teenage boy named Wade Watts. He has nothing. Well nothing other than a love of games, everything from the 1980s and an obsession with finding Halliday’s clues. Using the gamertag of “Parzival” Wade emersess himself in all things Halliday and plays his way through The OASIS.

The movie did differ from the book. I do not want to go into too much detail and spoil the movie. What I will say is that I liked most of the changes. In fact, it is one of the few circumstances where I preferred the movie to the book.

I really enjoyed the movie. I loved the pace, which was much faster than the book. The graphics were amazing. Ready Player One is such a joy to watch. The transitions from the gritty life of the real world to the vibrance of The OASIS alone make the movie worthwhile.

The soundtrack was full of fun tracks that fit the storyline. I felt other members of the audience around me moving to the music. 

I would highly recommend going to see Ready Player One. If you haven’t read the book you will still enjoy the movie. The book version has so much more of the lore if you want a more indepth look at the world that Cline wrote.

Always keep sparkling!  


Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), by Felicia Day

Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), by Felicia Day

If you read last week’s post, then you know that I’m a recent convert to Team Felicia Day. One of the reasons why is her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

What’s it about?
This book is a collection of anecdotes from Felicia Day’s life that lead up to her current status as “Queen of the Geeks.” It starts with stories about her family: home schooling, attempts at “socialization,” moving around to different military bases, gaming. She moves on to talk about college, moving to Los Angeles, The Guild, Geek & Sundry, etc.

What did I think?
This book is very well written. Felicia Day’s prose reads in a way that you feel as though she’s talking to you directly. The writing is funny at times, moving at others and downright inspirational.

The anecdotes within are entertaining, to say the very least. They’re interesting and keep you engaged through the whole thing, making you laugh and cry (or cry from laughing too hard) respectively. She makes it all sound so easy. I could hardly put this book down.

The scary thing about picking up a memoir or an autobiography is that you never know if the subject’s life is going to be boring. Felicia Day, however, has led a very interesting and inspirational life thus far. She grew up in a unique, hippie family from the South, started college at 16 years old, then forged her own way in Hollywood, despite dealing with high anxiety and a gaming addiction.

Being a gamer myself with high anxiety and a dream of making a living in the creative arts, I identified very strongly with this book. It makes me feel as though I can make my dreams come true, despite my mental and emotional roadblocks. Because of this book, I’m more inspired than ever to do what I set out to do.

Thanks, Felicia Day.

Do I recommend it?
What other answer can I say other than yes? Go get this book and read it, then go follow your dreams. DO IT.

-Vanri the Rogue