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2020-11-28 3:18:31 AM  
There was a lit wrong with Ready Player One but the plot point I found hardest to swallow was that Gen X is going to be the biggest cultural influence in the 2040s
 
2020-11-28 3:39:29 AM  
The thing I hate most about Ernest Cline's schtick isn't his rapid-fire referencing of 80s pop culture, it's that he always references the most shallow, superficial, banal, tired and hackneyed instances of it.
 
2020-11-28 4:46:12 AM  
Ready Player One wasn't the worst movie I've ever seen, but it certainly was awful. The ideas were awful, the plot was awful, the references were stupid, and the CGI was particularly awful. Mostly it was awfully boring.
 
2020-11-28 4:49:36 AM  
The books are supposedly terrible, but the movie was at least decent and a fun ninety minutes.
 
2020-11-28 4:50:51 AM  

Ghastly: There was a lit wrong with Ready Player One but the plot point I found hardest to swallow was that Gen X is going to be the biggest cultural influence in the 2040s


Well, people grew long, hipster beards for a while like it was the 1880s.
 
2020-11-28 5:00:23 AM  

bostonguy: The books are supposedly terrible, but the movie was at least decent and a fun ninety minutes.


Your opinion sucks and you should feel bad.
 
2020-11-28 5:10:07 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: bostonguy: The books are supposedly terrible, but the movie was at least decent and a fun ninety minutes.

Your opinion sucks and you should feel bad.


I do not. Good day!

/ I said good day!
 
2020-11-28 6:15:55 AM  

bostonguy: The books are supposedly terrible, but the movie was at least decent and a fun ninety minutes.


Let's say the movie is better than the book.
 
2020-11-28 6:18:47 AM  

batlock666: bostonguy: The books are supposedly terrible, but the movie was at least decent and a fun ninety minutes.

Let's say the movie is better than the book.


My brother-in-law loved the book but hated the movie.

He tried to get me to read the book.. I stopped after the first chapter, and haven't gotten up the will to return to it.  Didn't see the movie.
 
2020-11-28 6:26:29 AM  
both books are terrible but I have a lot of free time and audible credits. best praise I can give is that the sex stuff is much better than Stephen King.
 
2020-11-28 6:29:17 AM  
Ready Player One wasn't a bad film.  There were some genuinely enjoyable moments.  But it was still anachronistic in the sense that it was Spielberg trying hard to channel his younger self and not entirely succeeding.  Especially the last act.  I have nothing but respect for the man, but even if you have teams of professionals propping you up, you still can't stop the clock.
 
2020-11-28 6:36:29 AM  
I fast-read the book just before watching the movie and found I didn't initially enjoy the film purely because of the vast, vast differences between the two. But Cline was on set at Leavesden to give the changes his blessing, so you could argue that they're two versions of the same story. Couple of things that really jarred though were the introduction of I-Rok as a major player when he was hardly in the book, and was only there as the reason Sorrento found out Wade's true identity. But the biggest changes were that while H's avatar was a short blonde guy (Not a giant cyborg) and Samantha & Wade don't actually physically meet until the last page, and she's actually... a big girl. 'Rubenesque', is the word I believe Cline used.

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2020-11-28 6:39:39 AM  
Jeezus, so much hate for Cline and RP1.
I found the 1st book fine...an enjoyable romp. I did not regret reading it.
Any similar fans that can review RP2 with a more open mind?
I'm looking to snag the audiobook but not if the story is a total dud.

/I'm seeking the opinions of those who enjoyed RP1, not those who hate it with the fire of a thousand suns.
/(I'll probably get it anyway since audible allows returns for any reason but I appreciate any feedback)
/RP3 slashies
 
2020-11-28 6:41:53 AM  
Oblig.

Half in the Bag: Ready Player One
Youtube _KkGRT_4its
 
2020-11-28 6:46:07 AM  
I would have enjoyed the movie a lot more if I was fourteen years old.
 
2020-11-28 6:46:18 AM  

Ishkur: The thing I hate most about Ernest Cline's schtick isn't his rapid-fire referencing of 80s pop culture, it's that he always references the most shallow, superficial, banal, tired and hackneyed instances of it.


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I, too, shall club you to death with 80s pop culture...
 
2020-11-28 6:54:03 AM  
Just downloaded a sample of the book and yeah, even the first few pages are clunky as hell. It's a direct continuation of the last film/book, only 9 days later. H & Sam are discounted on page 2 and Wade's back into a semi-quest on page 3. I'll give it a chance, but I'll see how the sample goes before I fork out a tenner for the whole thing.
 
2020-11-28 6:56:12 AM  
After that turd "Armada" it's going to be forever before I read another Cline novel.

Don't get me wrong, I frequently read Young Adult fantasy and sci-fi, but his books are just so soulless. I'm just so tired of authors pushing an idealized version of themselves as the main character.

So maybe I'll wait for the movie on this one. And hopefully wait forever.
 
2020-11-28 7:07:02 AM  

Ghastly: There was a lit wrong with Ready Player One but the plot point I found hardest to swallow was that Gen X is going to be the biggest cultural influence in the 2040s


That's because Disney is having a tough time licensing the intellectual property of the 2030s.
 
2020-11-28 7:09:11 AM  

chucknasty: both books are terrible but I have a lot of free time and audible credits. best praise I can give is that the sex stuff is much better than Stephen King.


Sex stuff? You mean the rant about the joy of masturbation?
 
2020-11-28 7:34:30 AM  
I remember when Cline was just a slam poet in Austin


The Geek Wants Out - Ernest Cline
Youtube CknjDqOeRnU


Back when this sort of thing wasn't cringey as hell.
 
2020-11-28 7:38:04 AM  

Rent Party: Ishkur: The thing I hate most about Ernest Cline's schtick isn't his rapid-fire referencing of 80s pop culture, it's that he always references the most shallow, superficial, banal, tired and hackneyed instances of it.

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I, too, shall club you to death with 80s pop culture...


Even in Stranger Things there was at least ONE episode where Eleven dipped into the far superior underculture of 80s lifestyle and music that Ernest Cline has yet to even acknowledge.

That, above all, is what I find most offensive.

Cline considers himself an expert on the 80s, but I can farking destroy him on 80s music alone.
 
2020-11-28 8:11:00 AM  
Funny seeing this, late last night I put this movie on, having already forgotten it, and watched about 3/4s in before stopping to watch something else.
 
2020-11-28 8:17:06 AM  
I got Ready Player One as part of Loot Crate and for the most part it was okay, until Wyatt turned into a whiny Incel and flipped out. Then he became a less sympathetic person. Not to mention his brief cyber stalking bit.

I just found him grating and the main villain was just as bad. The book has him do some thing completely idiotic and while the movie is slightly better with this, mostly because it's Mendo, it's still pretty crap how the nail the big bad.
 
2020-11-28 8:23:16 AM  

brainlordmesomorph: Ghastly: There was a lit wrong with Ready Player One but the plot point I found hardest to swallow was that Gen X is going to be the biggest cultural influence in the 2040s

That's because Disney is having a tough time licensing the intellectual property of the 2030s.


As long as it was developed in the 1960's, they should be okay.
 
2020-11-28 8:40:23 AM  
Even Penny Arcade did a comic on it.

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It just goes downhill from there.

AnotherAussiefarker: until Wyatt turned into a whiny Incel and flipped out. Then he became a less sympathetic person. Not to mention his brief cyber stalking bit.


Yeah that comes back.  He even rationalizes it with "Well, you can take part in a VR orgy, so in comparison I guess stalking isn't so bad."

No.  Seriously.

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He even farking calls it that.

That's taken from a guy doing a TwitterRead of the book; the infamous first screencap got copyright struck but the rest are still up.  They're real and they're spectacular.
 
2020-11-28 8:56:40 AM  
So it will be a massive bestseller and no one will admit to have read it.
 
2020-11-28 9:02:31 AM  

Rent Party: Ishkur: The thing I hate most about Ernest Cline's schtick isn't his rapid-fire referencing of 80s pop culture, it's that he always references the most shallow, superficial, banal, tired and hackneyed instances of it.

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I, too, shall club you to death with 80s pop culture...


A NEW CONTENDER HAS ARRIVED!!!

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2020-11-28 9:05:22 AM  

NEDM: Even Penny Arcade did a comic on it.

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It just goes downhill from there.

AnotherAussiefarker: until Wyatt turned into a whiny Incel and flipped out. Then he became a less sympathetic person. Not to mention his brief cyber stalking bit.

Yeah that comes back.  He even rationalizes it with "Well, you can take part in a VR orgy, so in comparison I guess stalking isn't so bad."

No.  Seriously.

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He even farking calls it that.

That's taken from a guy doing a TwitterRead of the book; the infamous first screencap got copyright struck but the rest are still up.  They're real and they're spectacular.


Well admittedly kneecapping people for their wallets is bad, but at least I'm not KILLING them or anything...
 
2020-11-28 9:07:54 AM  
I don't know why you'd subject yourself to something you know you won't like. Is it so you can then come to Fark and join all the others of your kind to shiat on something you knew you weren't going to like? Seems like a waste of time, but then it's 2020 and we all have time to waste.
 
2020-11-28 9:08:00 AM  

Garza and the Supermutants: So it will be a massive bestseller and no one will admit to have read it.


Like the Aussie above, I got it in a Lootcrate. Finished reading it out of morbid curiosity.  It's definitely pulp "hipster garbage" 

There's nothing wrong with people enjoying guilty pleasures and there is nothing wrong with trash talking a man child of an author who writes like the "shaka when the walls fell" aliens but with surface 80s pop culture.
 
2020-11-28 9:14:59 AM  
Read the first one, which was a fun distraction. 
But let me assure you that most sci-fi reads as if the author has never known a black person.
 
2020-11-28 9:16:02 AM  

chucknasty: both books are terrible but I have a lot of free time and audible credits. best praise I can give is that the sex stuff is much better than Stephen King.


At least the underground sewer orgy was very fapable.
 
2020-11-28 9:18:43 AM  

WhackingDay: I don't know why you'd subject yourself to something you know you won't like. Is it so you can then come to Fark and join all the others of your kind to shiat on something you knew you weren't going to like? Seems like a waste of time, but then it's 2020 and we all have time to waste.


This is fark, land of hipster idiots who shiat all over everything that's well liked.
 
2020-11-28 9:33:12 AM  

Snapper Carr: I remember when Cline was just a slam poet in Austin


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Back when this sort of thing wasn't cringey as hell.


I liked his slam poetry a lot and was extremely surprised that it didn't cross over into being able to write a novel.
 
2020-11-28 9:36:43 AM  

Alphax: batlock666: bostonguy: The books are supposedly terrible, but the movie was at least decent and a fun ninety minutes.

Let's say the movie is better than the book.

My brother-in-law loved the book but hated the movie.

He tried to get me to read the book.. I stopped after the first chapter, and haven't gotten up the will to return to it.  Didn't see the movie.


Same here.

READY MARY SUE
 
2020-11-28 9:47:52 AM  

jake3988: WhackingDay: I don't know why you'd subject yourself to something you know you won't like. Is it so you can then come to Fark and join all the others of your kind to shiat on something you knew you weren't going to like? Seems like a waste of time, but then it's 2020 and we all have time to waste.

This is fark, land of hipster idiots who shiat all over everything that's well liked.


I'm pretty sure that RP1 isn't "well liked" anywhere
 
2020-11-28 9:54:19 AM  

Garza and the Supermutants: So it will be a massive bestseller and no one will admit to have read it.


A friend of mine adored it, and many people here on fark told me it was good.

Y'all are LIARS. The protagonist is a Q from Magicians self-absorbed asshole author avatar, but without Grossman's writing quality.

/Definitely wouldn't want to meet either of them IRL, especially if I was female.
 
2020-11-28 9:58:00 AM  
1. Take an overrated book.
2. Make a crappy movie out of it.
3. Make a crappier movie out of that.
4. Profit.
 
2020-11-28 9:58:27 AM  
As an 80s kid, I got a kick out of the first book.
The movie was a HUGE letdown.

It would have been.... fine?  Had I not read the book.  But why they changed SO much I don't understand.

Minor book spoiler:


Ofeverything fantastical in the book, what I found hardest to believe was that a kid from 2045 could play Pac-Man to the kill screen on ONE quarter.
Seriously, I can buy the Oasis.  I can buy the rigs and the bad guys!
But not the Pac-Man thing!
 
2020-11-28 10:19:33 AM  
...what the absolute fark?

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No, seriously, what the absolute fark??
 
2020-11-28 10:22:05 AM  

WhackingDay: I don't know why you'd subject yourself to something you know you won't like. Is it so you can then come to Fark and join all the others of your kind to shiat on something you knew you weren't going to like? Seems like a waste of time, but then it's 2020 and we all have time to waste.


Shared suffering is a fundamental method of bonding. It's why soldiers and cellmates form bonds that are often for life, and why, I assume, Thanksgiving is still a major cultural touchstone.
 
2020-11-28 10:24:12 AM  
Friends were curious to know what I'd think of the RP1 movie. I am old and bask in the music and crude videogames of the 80s. It was just terrible, if you found it tolerable you are simply incorrect.

One thing that especially bothered me was the

SPOILER COMING, YOU'RE WELCOME

big secret puzzle to solve from the Atari 2600 Adventure game. I played the everliving fark out of that game.
The "invisible dot" was not invisible. It was the color of the primary background, but if you moved it over something else, you could see it. We called it the "magic dot". I read about it in a book at the supermarket - junior high kids didn't have a global network for communication then so I have no idea how common the name was.
That's not where the "magic dot" was. It was in the catacombs of the black castle, in a fully walled box. As the dot was unaffected by the magnet, you could only reach it by using the bridge. And then it was tucked slightly into a wall, so you had to push into a corner to reach it.

Super nerdy and dumb for me to know (the mazes are still clearly burned into my muscle memory). And obviously it's very common for me to shake my head whenever movies & tv describe computers or programming. Like those cases, it would have been so simple to just get it right. But worse in this case because of the huge budget and the prominence of this admittedly obscure detail in the climax of the movie.
 
2020-11-28 10:25:20 AM  
Ernest Cline was a guest on Coast to Coast Am with George Knapp, and spent the entire interview kissing both Knapp and Steven Spielberg's ass while stammering whenever he was asked a question. It got weirder once the callers were allowed to call in.
 
2020-11-28 10:26:37 AM  

OccamsWhiskers: I am old and bask in the music and crude videogames of the 80s.


I too am old, but I'm also of the mind that the 80s (my childhood) and the 90s (my teen years) sucked. Oh, there's cool stuff that has survived, but I remember the shiat which didn't survive.

(This, by the way, is why I still don't buy into the VR hype, I remember the last time we did that hype)
 
2020-11-28 10:27:41 AM  

Ghastly: There was a lit wrong with Ready Player One but the plot point I found hardest to swallow was that Gen X is going to be the biggest cultural influence in the 2040s


Actually, I get the logic to it. James Halliday was a child of the 80s. When he created his virtual scavenger hunt to decide who would inherit his  empire, he had it steeped in 80s trivia. Society became 80s obsessed by circumstance, not by choice.

Not saying that makes it a good book. Just saying at least that part makes sense.
 
2020-11-28 10:28:02 AM  

buntz: As an 80s kid, I got a kick out of the first book.
The movie was a HUGE letdown.

It would have been.... fine?  Had I not read the book.  But why they changed SO much I don't understand.

Minor book spoiler:


Ofeverything fantastical in the book, what I found hardest to believe was that a kid from 2045 could play Pac-Man to the kill screen on ONE quarter.
Seriously, I can buy the Oasis.  I can buy the rigs and the bad guys!
But not the Pac-Man thing!


And he had to play the guitar part for an entire Rush album, after memorizing and completing a D&D adventure what was intended to kill parties and also acting out an entire movie. Sorry guys, the book was pretty shiatty and the movie was just as bad while somehow coming of as lame at the same time.

Before somebody comes in and says "but it made money!" Remember that Vanilla Ice sold a lot of records too, it doesn't make him a great performer.
 
2020-11-28 10:33:17 AM  

gunga galunga: Actually, I get the logic to it. James Halliday was a child of the 80s. When he created his virtual scavenger hunt to decide who would inherit his  empire, he had it steeped in 80s trivia. Society became 80s obsessed by circumstance, not by choice.


That would be like 2020 society becoming obsessed with the 1960s.

Oh.
 
2020-11-28 10:33:44 AM  

rummonkey: Remember that Vanilla Ice sold a lot of records too, it doesn't make him a great performer.


I'd rather watch "Cool as Ice" than RP1. Cool as Ice is hilariously bad.
 
2020-11-28 10:51:47 AM  
The only good thing about this book: 372 Pages We'll Never Get Back
 
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