Well, folks, the trailer for Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One arrived at last, and the Internet didn't even try to hide its disdain. Despite the book's positive initial reception and outward appearance as a geek-bible complete with nuggets of nerd knowledge dropped throughout its plot, Ready Player One, now appears to have few friends on the world wide web, a rather pressing problem considering geeks call the web home. Many took to Twitter to express their nerd-rage over this supposed celebration of all things dorky. Yet by making nerdy things cool, Ready Player One ironically ruins their credence altogether; geeks always banded together with the knowledge that their interests branded them as outsiders, and thereby forming the reverence nerd culture would be known for in the coming years.
But now, as Comic-Con spills over into the streets of San Diego and E3 waiting lines clock-in longer than the games themselves, people see things like Ready Player One as a further adulteration of things once held so dear. Hold onto these nerdy hobbies while you can, geeks, because Hollywood's coming for them faster than the rights to remake a foreign-language film.
It Trivializes 'Nerd Culture'
Ready Player One looks like what would happen if all the degradation of Comic Con and E3 got into the water and poisoned all our reservoirs.— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) July 23, 2017
In recent years, the concept of 'geek' and 'nerd' shifted from schoolyard insults to terms of endearment, which parallels the change seen in what's considered "cool" in 2017. Vehicles like Marvel films, Stranger Things, and the Internet introduced the masses to the amazing world of geekdom decades after geeks themselves created it as their haven. People now see the arrival of Ready Player One as a further dilution of what it means to be a geek, and they're not far off the mark.
It's Cliche When You Get Down To It
This is the part in Ready Player One where I knew if I didn't stop reading this Bazinga-ass shit I was going to jail for murder. pic.twitter.com/vpWNCGAQec— donnie (@donniemnemonic) July 23, 2017
Seen above is one of the opening passages from Ready Player One. If you didn't know any better, you might think it was a very in-depth fanfiction, because it sort of is. As much as it tries to convince you it cares about the heart of geekdom, Ready Player One seems to use nerd references more as plot devices than revered subject matter. Which it is for geeks - don't get it twisted.