This month’s brunch book club discussion with Jenn (Lost in a Great Book) and I takes place out of town while we’re on vacation visiting our good friend Jen (Misbehavin’ Librarian) in Calgary! So on a day trip out to Banff, we thought we’d do our discussion on Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One at the beautiful Banff Springs Hotel thereby making this month our “(Boozy) Banff Brunch Book Club”. As usual, since we are discussing this month’s read, there is a big ol’ SPOILER WARNING for Ready Player One.
It was interesting because all three of us read this book in different formats: Me on hardcover, Jen on paperback and Jenn on audiobook. Both Jen(n)s loved it and I conceded that I thought I would love it a lot more than I did. Jenn had wondered how I would like it considering I was a child during the 80’s rather than a teenager as they were and knew so many of the pop culture references that were mentioned in the book. We all thought the first task, of playing along with the movie, would be a GREAT game in real life… like in the style of Karaoke or Rock Band type games.
We all loved the character of Og, and Jen kept picturing him as Jeff Bridges while I pictured him more like a Dumbledore/Gandalf-type character. We did think that he was going to turn on them in the end for a few moments… that he was really a surprise baddie and that by getting all of the Gunters together in one location – his home – he would get rid of them all at once. Jenn would have liked a bit more development on Art3mis and we all agreed that her character and their love story seemed a bit odd. She was really snotty in the beginning, and then their sudden online romance that equally-suddenly dissipated seemed a bit contrived.
For our casting choices, besides the previously-discussed Og, we thought maybe someone like Leonard from Big Bang Theory for the main character of Wade. There was a bit of debate on how we saw Sorrento, because Jen and I both pictured him as a smarmy businessman-type guy while Jenn saw him more in military or athletic gear since he’d have to constantly jump into action in the OASIS.
What a great Banff edition of Brunch Book Club… probably (definitely) the most gorgeous scenic views by far.
Will you be joining us for our November read of The Iron King?