Book vs. Movie: Ready Player One



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Ready Player Ones takes us to the year 2045.

In this futuristic setting, the virtual reality called OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation) is used by everyone

“In the OASIS, you could become whomever and whatever you wanted to be, without ever revealing your true identity, because your anonymity was guaranteed. 

Users could also alter the content of the virtual worlds inside the OASIS, or create entirely new ones.

A person’s online presence was no longer limited to a website or a social-networking profile.

In the OASIS, you could create your own private planet, build a virtual mansion on it, furnish and decorate it however you liked, and invite a few thousand friends over for a party.

And those friends could be in a dozen different time zones, spread all over the globe” (57).


The Book:

Author: Ernest Cline

Publication Date: August 16, 2011

Pages: 374 [hardcover]


Mia’s thoughts on the book:
Ready Player One was a book that actually made me feel like I was in a simulation while reading. Cline’s narration transfixed me from the start   and this was a page-turner for me. I felt like I was in the OASIS trying to decipher the puzzles and find the location of the Easter Egg,  alongside all of the other players. I felt beat and cheated by the gunters, but it was a book with many twists and turns that if you do not pay attention you’ll miss key clues into what is going to happen at the end! Gamer

The Movie:

Producer: Steven Spielberg

Release Date: March 29, 2018

Length: 2hr 20min


The book and movie are incomparable. They are entirely different. Every detail is changed.

PSA to all 80’s aficionados and bookworms: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT watch this movie if you enjoyed the book. It is an abomination, a slap in the face, to Ernest Cline.I have to believe that Cline was starstruck by Spielberg’s presence and allowed him to take the reins on the film adaptation entirely. 

As a stand alone movie, it is decent and most definitely action-packed. If you already read the book you will be utterly perplexed and a little ticked off.


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