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Ernest Cline published the modern classic back in 2011. It was around this time when I first read the book for myself and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Being a high school student who loved playing video games, there was something very special about reading it at the time. The book was pretty much made for my demographic, as in 2011 it was considered extremely uncool to care about video games at all. Outside of ‘Call Of Duty’ or sports games, video games were not to be discussed in a social setting. It was a hobby, one that you were supposed to keep to yourself and your closest friends who also played.
Nowadays, geek culture is thriving and more popular than ever. I’d like to think that ‘Ready Player One’ was responsible for this societal change to some degree. Geek culture being ‘cool’ is a pretty recent trend, which is partly the reason why the book was adapted for 2018.
The reason why the book resonated with me so much was because it recognized the validity of nerdy hobbies. Cline’s writing isn’t necessarily the best, but there is something very charming about his style. He isn’t trying to be the next Mark Twain or anything. He loves geek culture and simply wrote about it for other self-professed geeks. The extent of the imagination displayed throughout the novel is something rarely seen, with heavy 80’s geek culture influences that makes the novel truly unique. I distinctly remember being shocked that there was a novel written about video game culture which was receiving decent praise. Having a best-selling book written about this type of culture that I enjoyed validated the hobby and it’s importance in my life.
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The present day climate about enjoying geek media has changed for the better, and the influence of Cline was certainly a contributing factor. Consequently, I highly recommend reading the book if you enjoyed the film’s tribute to all things geek.
I am a senior at Binghamton University with a double major in Cinema and Comparative Literature. In my junior year of college I studied abroad in London. I am an avid film watcher and my favorite film is John Carpenter’s The Thing.