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Chapter Six in Ready Player One

In chapter six of, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, personally I believe that this is the area where readers really find out what drives the main character.  He comes across the Anorak’s Almanac by James Halliday.  By taking five and plus years, he studies the journal as if it was the bible for him.  This I find interesting.  Halliday unintentionally created a pure genius based off what he wrote in his “bible”.  The main character deciphered this journal inside and out was was able to know everything there was to know to man that was written down by Halliday.  While reading this chapter within the book, this made me think that Halliday was some sort of higher supreme being that brought humanity this written codes, rules, and laws that all of humanity was supposed to follow.  The main character did just did that.  He studied, watched, and read everything mentions.  Whether it was starting to George Lukas’ greatest Triology that he created, Star Wars, or to knowing a fictional city/town from The Simpsons more than the own town or city that he grew himself.  I find it remarkable with how much knowledge he gained based off of this journal.  To me I believe this made the main was or could possibly be one of the most dangerous man that could have potentially walked on stage of Jeopardy just based off how much he knows in pop culture.  Who knows how long his streak would have gone if he had appeared on the show.  But this also makes me think what could he have done while he was deep in the midst of Halliday’s journal.  The main even stated that he did not care one bit at all if his grades were slipping at all.  Which is astonishing just to study this journal.  This showed the readers his pure dedication to one man who resembled God to the main character.  Remarkable.

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3 thoughts on “Chapter Six in Ready Player One

  1. I also found this passage (62-64 in my copy) compelling, mostly because it reminded me of being a graduate student. As he says, “You’d be amazed how much research you can get done when you have no life whatsoever.” Of course it is somewhat nostalgic for me (graduating HS in 87). I read those books, saw those movies, watched those tv shows, listened to that music, and played those video games. So, yes, I was part of that same subculture (class bookworm ’87).

    As is revealed early in the book, this egg hunt requires the contestants to become experts in this “geek culture,” to become well-versed in Halliday’s particular version of what should be canonical. Like the English grad student studying the 1880s (say Victorian literature), the gunter must make judgments about the relative value of what is available to be studied. Which games must be mastered? Which movies do you need to know by heart? And where might a more cursory knowledge be satisfactory? Is “Ladyhawke” canon?

    Halliday loved the 80s. Wade loves the 80s because Halliday did. And Cline? Well, presumably one wouldn’t write a novel like this without some fondness for the material. But what should we make of it?

    Posted by Alex Reid | June 19, 2013, 8:51 pm
    • With Cline being the author himself for the novel, I personally believe this section in the book speaks about the lifestyle he grew up in. He must have immersed so much time in all of these movies, books, video games, and so on that is mentioned. I could be wrong, but that’s how I viewed it at the time. So with that he connects himself with the main character, Wade, where he then sucks himself in the 80’s pop culture life. So Cline doesn’t connect himself just to Halliday but to Wade too. Unless Halliday represent Cline and Wade represents another individual? Your thoughts?

      Posted by ecflyer91 | June 19, 2013, 9:51 pm
  2. I thought this was very interesting also. Looking at the background of Wade, he does not really have anyone to look up to. I think Halliday became something of a role model for Wade. He wants to find that egg so that he can take over Oasis and keep it the way Halliday intended it to be (and avoid IOI making people pay to use it). It becomes to seem that he doesn’t just look up to Halliday, he wants to be Halliday. Halliday’s life is the only inspiration Wade has had, he does not have parents, family or even many friends to get inspiration from and his teachers are avatars that disappear after every class. The Oasis is more of a home than anything he has had since his parent’s died and even before that it was still his escape. For him, keeping the Oasis the way it is, is more important than anything else in his life because it is all he has ever had.

    Posted by sierrasu | June 21, 2013, 12:38 am

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