In Real Life: What’s the Message, Exactly?

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I completed the graphic novel In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang in an hour. My initial response was confusion. I read it again. I read it the next day. I’m still confused. It is a book that so desperately feels as though it wants to send a message. But what? I’m not sure. Let’s start with a little context behind my confusion. I first heard about Cory Doctorow due to an ongoing controversy in the gaming community called GamerGate. Gamergate isn’t something I fully understand myself. GamerGators claim that…read more

The Tale of Two Women in Ready Player One

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My all girl book club recently read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline… and we were all underwhelmed. Except for one. “But it would make an AWESOME movie!” she said, grasping. But apparently she was right, because just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Steven Spielberg himself would be directing the on screen adaptation. Spoiler alert: I discuss the plot & reveal a lot about the book in this post. The book follows eighteen-year-old Wade Watts, a quiet and rather stereotypical lonesome nerd. It’s 2045, and virtual reality has…read more