After reading the book no way am I wasting money watching it in the theater. Though the movie might probably have fixed some of the issues I had with the book.
What issues did you have with the book?
The entire book and premise was about 80s pop culture. 70's and 90's as well
Plus it's kind of explained in the film that the game's creator grew up in the 80s and he is virtually worshiped by the players on Oasis, so they idolize the things he loved.
Since I am in my phone I won't use a spoiler tag. But warning. Spoilers of the book ahead
My issues from the book where some chapters in real life where very very very boring and depressing if you thought about them. Basically describing life sitting in a closed off room for months. They went on too long.
Also I'm not sure if this happens in the movie or not. But at some point Wade gets himself in debt to become a "corporate slave" for IOI. What? This movie is set in a fictional America set in 2045 .that's just 27 years into the future. How any company can own, control, and force people to basically becomes slaves is nonsensical. It didn't make any sense. Yes, IOI is evil, yes, America is in the shitter, but no fucking way would anything like that fly. And since it's such a crucial part of the third act I can't let it fly by.
I ignored the concept that somehow in just 27 years America would not have the landscapes and space to fit humanity so they created the stacks, even though America is fucking huge. But IOI controlling people like that is never gonna happen and was weak writing. The chapters describing what happened when Wade was in IOI were dull and slow, and could have been done in a chapter instead of the multiple ones I had to read through.
Also the book goes way way to much with references. Sometimes he wouldn't just mention a reference, he'd explain where it came from, the origin of the show and what fucking happened. I don't care, it doesn't further the plot. A lot of the time the book was just a "ohh look at me! Im making a lot of pop culture references!". The book could have easily been 50-100 pages shorter with the same story.
And another thing, the author for some reason, decides to blast basically every religion out there in the very start of the book. I don't care of the author is an atheist or what ever. But really going at it against religion and religious people like that, I remember him calling it all "bullshit" isnt a great thing to put in a book that has nothing to about religion. It really put a sour taste in my mouth, because really why would you put something like that in a book that many religious people will buy and support, while it has nothing to with religion. If it was a book avabo atheism go ahead, at least people would know what they are getting into when buying it. I've read many books that brought up religions and athiesm and so on, and they all treated their readers with respect. And that's what bugged me, is that the writer didn't seem to respect his audience and decided to slap in that part which really wasn't needed to be worded so harshly.
You might think I'm over reacting or I didn't like the book due to that part. But really I continued reading it and my main issues came later in the book. It really was a childish dig IMO because it didn't have anything to do with the plot and religion, or lack of their off, had nothing to do with the characters development or arc.
Either way, the premise of the book was fun, and some parts of the book were really entertaining. But it didn't hold up so well at a lot of parts and had a lot of issues.