Reference Over Reverence

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is one of the worst books ever written. In short, the plot revolves around a group of kids trying to solve an elaborate riddle within an immersive online game to win controlling ownership of said game. It’s also a continual barrage of references to 70’s and 80’s culture, with the protagonist obsessively learning about all of the stupid cultural references that the game’s creator made. It’s a nonsensical book turned into an even more nonsensical movie, a slog of constant reminders that things existed without any actual evaluation of the contents.

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