Ready Player WRONG!
Okay, this is nerdy as hell, but I need to get it out of me and Tumblr’s just the dumb place to do it.
I picked up Ready Player One from my local library and started digging in.
The inciting incident takes place in a dystopian future and involves the release of a film filled with 80’s pop culture references with hidden, cryptic meanings, which is analyzed obsessively like the Zapruder film, or the footage from Gibson’s Pattern Recognition.
However, right starting on page 2, literally the first reference in the book appears to be a complete shambles.
Anorak’s Invitation begins with the sound of trumpets, the opening of an old song called “Dead Man’s Party.” The song plays over a dark screen for the first few seconds, until the trumpets are joined by a guitar, and that’s when Halliday appears
Page 2, two sentences into the first reference of a book where the references are supposed to be the calling card and a huge plot point, and already a couple things are wrong.
“Dead Man’s Party” doesn’t start with trumpets joined by guitars. It starts with a guitar, then weird percussion and a synth bass. There aren’t any trumpets for about 30 seconds, well after the words start.
Next relevant bit:
When the lyrics kick in, Halliday begins to lip-synch along, still gyrating: “All dressed up with nowhere to go. Walking with a dead man over my shoulder. Don’t run away, it’s only me….”
I fucking defy you to find those lyrics in the song in that order. You cannot, because that is two early verse lines, followed by the end of chorus refrain.
Okay, that’s it for now. For the purposes of actually wanting to read the book, I can just assume that this reclusive whacko also re-edits Oingo Boingo songs, or I can just say the author fucked up and get on with my life, but for now I just needed to get that nerdery off my chest.
If I’ve gotten something mistaken myself, please tell me. I’d like to think that this author knows more about what he’s writing about than I do, because that is what authors are for.