Anonymous: I'm reading Ready Player One and so frustrated. Halliday loves all these male sci fi authors but no female ones. There have been like 4 women mentioned: one is a gamer dude's wet dream, one died for manpain, one is mean, and one is nice. Ughhhhhh why
Seriously! I was sure I’d go online and find scathing criticism but even on Tumblr it’s just praise and fanart. IDFGI. It’s like he wrote OC fan-fiction for his own life.
Holy shit. I’m not tagging this because I generally don’t like when people tag hate, but I just finished Ready Player One and I have no idea why the fuck anyone ever recommended it to me or why it seems to be so lauded. It was cringe-worthy on so many levels.
It was basically the ultimate fantasy of every deluded white boy geek that the author tried to cover for by putting in token minorities and a “Rubenesque” (they say that) girl who the narrator STILL LOVES even though she weighs (literally) 168 pounds and has a birthmark. A BIRTHMARK! Oh and any time something goes wrong (rare) the narrator saves the day because of his inherent specialness and the fact that he lives in a world where 80s trivia is actually the most important thing ever. If a woman had written something that was so clearly a self-insert I feel like people would have been knocking each other over to see who could shit all over it first.
Oh there’s also a *redeeming arc* hinted at about how the whole real world has gone to shit while everyone was playing video games, and even though our narrator stays in the video game to be king of the nerds, he may or may not do something about it in the future. So, more hero points for him I guess.
I also can’t even give the author that much credit for the world-building (which was basically the only thing I found compelling) because it’s almost all lifted directly from video games, movies, TV etc. He just rearranged the parts. I DON’T GET IT.
I have spent my work day alternating between watching Patrick Troughton episodes of Who and listening to Rush. This book should have been my crack. And I suppose it was, in that it was superficially interesting for a while and then left me feeling itchy and sad.