Before you scroll through this post to tell me that the book was released 7 years ago and the movie has been out for months, allow me to explain this post. TL;DR – The movie was outstanding, but you do not want to skip reading the book. It is a must read and a subsequent must-watch for any tech enthusiast of any kind.
So I know I missed the boat on posting about RPO, but then again I didn’t have a channel 7 years ago, nor did I have a functional website when the movie was released. Thus, having just finished reading the book, I have some thoughts I would like to share with my fellow tech lovers.
First, let’s talk about the movie. The movie was absolutely amazing. Even though it strayed pretty far from the original storyline, there were so many amazing easter eggs with salutes to the likes of Star Wars, Terminator, and tons of past Steven Spielberg productions. They did a great job, and as a standalone production it was beautifully crafted both in its storytelling and stunning cinematics.
But none of it really happened. At least, not like that. In reality, there are quite a few different easter eggs which is fine because Spielberg wanted to add his own. Without focusing on the parts they forgot or replaced, there is simply so much that goes into creating a virtual universe like the OASIS that a movie just can’t fully capture.
I won’t giveaway in spoilers for the book or movie, but like with any novel there is more time to develop a story and the characters in it. After finishing the book, I had so much more respect for the protagonists and the actual very real threats they faced. In the movie, it’s a little vague as to why there is a war going on. Not to mention the sheer awe that most techies like me were probably experiencing seeing such an awesome world come to life.
Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One casts a much more realistic light over what a virtually immersed world would actually look like. The hardships people face and the state of the world in the 2040s isn’t quite as exciting as its virtual counterpart. Overall, readers are left with a much fuller and, I would say, accurate depiction of an automated world filled with so much tech.
I would highly recommend anyone to read the book and see the movie. In that order. You will not be disappointed – even if you don’t catch all the easter eggs or aren’t super into technology, it’s worth your time.