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Amph Ready Player One- book and film discussion thread

Discussion in 'Community' started by Coruscant, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. blackmyron

    blackmyron Chosen One star 6

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    Eh, I've noticed that book blurbs generally seem to be written by PR people that haven't actually read the book.

    The blurb on the back of my copy of Heretics of Dune says "The great sandworms are dying. And the children of DUNE's children awaken from empire as from a dream, wieling the new power of a heresy called love..." The first line is absolutely wrong, the second has **** all to do with what actually goes on in the novel.
     
  2. Ahsoka's Tano

    Ahsoka's Tano Force Ghost star 6

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    I'll only believe a synapsis of the book delivered by Cline himself or within the inside cover of the physical book.
     
  3. Coruscant

    Coruscant Force Ghost star 7

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    I’m interested in the “technological advancement” described, but other than that, meh
     
  4. Django211

    Django211 Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Jesus Wept!
     
  5. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I have read a few screencaps of Ready Player Two today, and all I can say is the scathing reviews are way too kind.
     
  6. Point Given

    Point Given Manager star 6 Staff Member Manager

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    Here's the long Twitter thread with the screencaps. Just astounding.


     
  7. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    The mashup nobody wanted.

    The Boss Battle... wtf?
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Adam of Nuchtern

    Adam of Nuchtern Force Ghost star 5

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    All the excerpts I've seen have been horrific.
     
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  9. Lord Vivec

    Lord Vivec Chosen One star 9

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    Ready Player Two is aptly named Number Two because it's actual ****, unlike Ready Player One which was just piss.
     
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  10. Gamiel

    Gamiel Chosen One star 8

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    I found Ready Player One good :(
     
  11. darthcaedus1138

    darthcaedus1138 Jedi Grand Master star 5

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    Now this....this is good actually.
     
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  12. Joystick Chevron

    Joystick Chevron Jedi Master star 4

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    Honestly, reading the excerpts on Twitter has been pretty fun.
    Stalking is okay and good actually because orgy porn exists and that's worse, right? We all agree that presumably consensually-made porn starring adults is worse than stalking. Also the protagonist is so aggressively sure in his heterosexuality he goes off for a paragraph about how much gay porn he's watched. Brilliant writing, don't cut that out of the movie. Just like don't cut that scene of him talking about how much he loves spying on a girl he likes through cameras in her headset he can access at any time. And please, for the love of God, keep the scene where John Hughes approaches the lead characteers and tells them what a big fan he is of them.

    I like how so much of this book is apparently just responding to criticism of the first one in the dumbest way. Oh, you think the first one's kinda sexist and has a really creepy relationship full of stalking it doesn't unpack? Well, you know, she kills the rapist from Sixteen Candles and rants about unapologetically creepy and horrible relationships in movies. Oh, you think the book's kinda racist? Well here there's them talking about how John Hughes movies and popular 80s Hollywood movies are too white - which, true, but also... glass houses and all that. Oh, you think it's got weird homophobia thrown in? Don't worry, he watches gay porn a lot and likes Prince, teenage corporate sellout man loves The Gays. Transphobia? Oh boy, don't worry, there's an entire trans character in this one and he makes sure to go on for a paragraph to let you know it doesn't make him question his sexuality to like her because he watches all the porn.

    A+ gag, very funny, where's the real book?
     
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  13. Adam of Nuchtern

    Adam of Nuchtern Force Ghost star 5

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    This is seriously how the book ends:

     
  14. Ramza

    Ramza Administrator Emeritus star 8 VIP - Former Mod/RSA VIP

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    If I were ever going to be masochistic enough to read an entire book on the grounds of it potentially being so bad it's good (rather than letting podcasts take that bullet for me), this might actually be the book that would do it. Holy crap those excerpts.
     
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  15. blackmyron

    blackmyron Chosen One star 6

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    Wait, how does that leave room for Ready Player Three?
     
  16. VadersLaMent

    VadersLaMent Chosen One star 10

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    I'll be buying it this Friday.
     
  17. BigAl6ft6

    BigAl6ft6 Force Ghost star 7

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    Get Aaron Sorkin in for the sequel script rewrite to cover up the badness with verbage!
     
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  18. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 8

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    RP1 didn’t.
     
  19. R.D.

    R.D. Jedi Knight star 3

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    This one honestly snuck up on me. With RP1...it's, erm, not exactly fine literature, but at least back then you could see it as some guy's personal fantasy that happened to strike big. The schtick, however, was getting a bit old with Armada. And then, now, this one doesn't look like that improved a decade after the first...
    Apparently Cline said a third book would be a prequel set in the actual 80s about Halliday?
     
  20. blackmyron

    blackmyron Chosen One star 6

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    Ah, Ready Player Zero.
     
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  21. jp-30

    jp-30 Manager Emeritus star 10 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

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    I choose to read these excerpts in the style of Big Bang Theory where I pause and punctuate every pop culture reference with canned laughter and hollering.
     
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  22. Diggy

    Diggy Force Ghost star 8

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    Enjoy your next three days.
     
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