The parts of Ready Player One that feel truly dystopian probably aren’t the ones Spielberg and Penn intended; the real ugliness of this world is that it is a fanboy utopia where every inane piece of useless trivia has some divine purpose, and where all the time these loyal players spent indoors consuming pop culture could very well be their golden ticket to total control over the characters and fiction they love. Ready Player One tells fanboys that the very parts of this culture that have become so toxic — gatekeeping, in particular — are actually good.
Britt Hayes is not ready.
As an aside, I am 100% Not Here for all the hot take thinkpieces trying to dis Ready Player One by calling it “fanfic”. What an unnecessary and inappropriate slight against hardworking—and mostly non-white-cis-bro—fic authors. Yikes.