I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline during my freshman year of college. Coincidentally, the book came out in 2011 but was being sold at the NYU Bookstore where I bought it on a whim when I was at Weekend On the Square, in April of 2013 before I even began attending NYU.
Never in my wildest dreams had it occured to my past self that the industry I would graduate into would be virtual reality. I have a lot more appreciation for the saying that people now will be trained for jobs that don't exist in the future. I couldn't fathom it, but my background as an artist, programmer, game designer, and storyteller trained me perfectly for this field which in 2013 wasn't even a viable career path outside of academia.
Here's an actual photo of me freshman year in the Palladium study lounge reading RPO.
The book, as I recall, blew me a way. And as such, I /really/ tried to forget about the book when I went in to see the movie. And the movie was dense. But it paled in comparison, even as I tried to absolve myself of expecations.
I do think the pacing was good. I didn't even notice that 2 hours and 20 minutes had passed during the movie.
But I had so many problems with Artemis. In the book, she is a complete badass who doesn't completely bend her character so that Parzival can be a hero. In the movie, Samantha sacrifices herself so that Wade can get away from IOI (which is a funny name because it looks like 101, which in binary is the sixth number [000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101], and all the IOI gunters are called Sixers), and while she does play an important role in IOI headquarters, she so willingly gives away her life for someone she had barely known. She also goes from literally being so dismissive of Parzival as Artemis in the beginning (the race sequence), to suddently wanting to help his every need.
The scene with The Distracted Globe is interesting not because of the plot that goes on there, but because The Distracted Globe is an actual location in a real-life virtual reality space, TheWaveVR. So it's neat that people who have been to the real space could see it recreated on a movie screen about virtual reality. It's a nice flip-flop.
It's such a hard thing to adapt a book to a movie, and I'm really only disappointed not because they couldn't do in the film what they did in the book (I understand space/time reasons), but because the characters were only shadows of what they were in the books.
Wade is way more hopeless in the novel, and he has to overcome so much. Artemis falls in love too quickly with Wade in the movie.
At the end of the day, I think the movie was entertaining. As the story it was, not compared to the book, I think it still falls short. But it certainly is an exciting ride for the audience. I had fun, even as I silently and in the backround lamented about these characters.