Ready Player One – Read vs Watch

Ready Player One, Earnest Cline


In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Well that sold me. I am ready to get this book, or maybe find a way to stream the movie. On one hand you have what the author created and on the other you have what someone envisioned the author created. Now I have enjoyed many of Spielberg’s films growing up and as an adult, but I think I would rather read this book all the same.

Lost in Translation

Cinema has a way of stripping some of the details out of a book. I know that some things are meant to be shown such as the way a room is set up or what cloths a person is wearing. The author had a way of describing certain details and when placed in the realm of “viewable” reality we expect to see these things just the way the author wrote them. I believe that directors should be allowed a certain amount of creative lead way but I did a double take after watching the movie. Not wanting to spoil the movie or plot of the book for anyone I will just say that the book is far better than the movie. All of the trials for the keys are completely different from the book and the final fight scene is incredible which you only catch a glimpse of in the movie.


I did enjoy the movie, it was well done graphically and conveys the basic world that Cline presents in the book. I highly recommend the book however, as this is how you should visit the OASIS. As a bonus you could even get the book from Audible and listen to Will Wheaton narrate the tale.

After Thoughts

So let’s recap for a minute. If you are allergic to reading and your form of entertainment is to watch everything then by all means gaze upon all the glory Steven Spielberg bring to this title.

If you fancy yourself a literary enthusiast then I would say you will thoroughly enjoy this account as Earnest Cline gives it.

And for those who don’t always have the time to sit and read, fear not, you too can enjoy the unabridged telling of this story through the voice of Will Wheaton.

Click the image above for a copy of the book or the image below for an Audible copy of this fantastic story.









10 thoughts on “Ready Player One – Read vs Watch

  1. Wow! It’s actually something I wanted to watch so much! I didn’t know there was a book though. As a hardcore book lover, yes, I would prefer the book. Though I’ll probably watch the movie first so I can see if I want to read the book.
    Thanks so much!

    1. I can highly recommend the book as there are notable differences between film and novel. Please feel free to grab your copy from the review, you won’t be disappointed.

  2. Ready player one sounds like the modern day era of Tron, kinda like the person who plays the arcade machine get some how absorbed by the arcade game, and then only to realize his father is also trapped inside the game and he wants to rescue him, I havent watch the movie or read but thats just my intake I might be wrong and can be totally not what I am imagening, as far as reading vs viewing, now I started the art of reading more than before its feels more second nature now that I am blooger.

    1. I would have to say that the two are not even remotely related. While, Tron is good And certainly an ’80s classic, Ready Player One is more of a future dystopia where society has accepted a VR type lifestyle as the norm. I would recommend reading it, feel free to pick up your copy from the link above.

  3. Love love love this book. Am almost afraid to see the movie, since , in my experience, the movie is always a disappointment compared to the book.

    1. It is great cinematography and special effects, the entertainment value is splendid especially after having read the book. To see the world come alive was wonderful, there were a few things I thought should have been different and question why certain things were done the way they were but that is for others to decide themselves. I am glad you liked the book hopefully you got your copy from the link above, if not maybe next time. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to venture around the rest of the site.

  4. I always read the book before seeing the movie. And you are right, the movie version of a book, always leaves things out. Kind of disappoints me actually. It would be nice if a movie from a book entailed all elements of the book. To me, the book is always more interesting. If the movie gets good reviews, then I will go.

    1. The movie was entertaining and worth watching after reading the book, I only wish the actual events of the contest were shown instead of being changed. I also believe strongly, now more than ever, that books are by far better than the cinema counterparts.

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