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Why did we include THAT?

“I wasn’t going to cut corners. I wasn’t going to miss something obvious. Somewhere along the way, I started to go overboard. I may, in fact, have started to go a little insane.” -Ready Player One, page 62

So I really should have written this a lot earlier…but you know. I’m still learning about how all this works and what the project should really be. Coming up on 9 months of working on the blog I’m finally getting into a rhythm with actually getting things done and reviewed (movies and music are pretty easy, tv isn’t so bad but literature is tough to get through even with the rate at which I read…)

And I’m only one person.  While my brother watches a lot of things with me and is trying to help me work up to playing video games live on twitch, which I am not good at keeping up with, he doesn’t write for the blog.  And I have a small circle of friends that will help me with things like finding books or letting me borrow them…or to let me come over and mooch off their streaming services for a tv show I need to watch, they are really just there for moral support.

So, consuming and writing about all of this is a LOT…it’s a full-time job. And I work and have a house on top of it.

Then why have you included all of the things you have (even if they weren’t exclusively mentioned in the book)?

I get asked this a lot.  And it was a hard decision to make as I developed this project over the years. Here is what I decided and why…

The book Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045.  Halliday grew up during the 1980s. 1990s, and was in his formidable adult years during the early 2000s into the 2020s…. but the book was published in 2011.

Which leaves a lot of time between the publication of the novel and when the actual story takes place.

I could have made the decision to just deal with any media that came before 2011. But it didn’t seem right.

Then there was the route of just going off the references that are directly named within the book.  And boy are there a LOT of those.  Yet again…this just didn’t feel like the right way to go.

So what was left?

In my opinion it was this:

If Wade was doing his research from around 2040-2045 which are the dates from Halliday’s death to when the first key was found by Wade himself then it would make sense that during that 5-year period he would have delved into all the references in Anorak’s Almanac.  

Since we don’t have direct access to the actual Almanac (I’m working on a version of it to post in the blog in case anyone wants to try this for themselves) I am left to guess about what all it contained.  Many of the references and things that would have been in the Almanac are quite apparent.  Throughout Ready Player One they are listed plainly: The Muppet Show, PAC-MAN, Firefly…

But the issue is with references that were vague…or that had more of the universe than what was mentioned directly.  Or even references that were expanded after the novel was published.

Using some general guess work and some logical reasoning the Almanac would have contained many additional items from pop culture that WOULD have existed in 2040 when Halliday died.

For example: Star Wars.  Directly in the text Wade talks of the “Holy Trinity’s” which included The Original Trilogy and The Prequel Trilogy.  There were several other films out in the series when Ready Player One came out that I do believe Halliday would have watched such at The Star Wars Holiday Special, The Ewok Adventure…etc., as well as a few tv shows, that came out before the book was released. Then after 2011 there was an expansion to the Star Wars Universe. Another trilogy, two more stories set in the Star Wars world…and don’t get me started on the insane number of comics, novels and other media that has existed throughout the years.

And I do believe that Halliday would have been interested in the extended universe of a world that he considered important enough, that he revered enough, to call “holy”.

So that is what I have done. I’ve included some things that wouldn’t have been considered part of the world in 2011 but would have existed in 2040, when Halliday died. Extended universes, more novels, new TV shows…and other things that maybe just weren’t directly messaged.

I’ve done this for a few reasons.

  1. I think that Halliday would have had these in his Almanac.
  2. Halliday shows Neurodivergent tendencies (I am also ND and show many of the same traits) that include hyper focus, obsession and an inability to connect with the people around him…which can often be seen in extensive research, over recording and obsession of a specific topic and other coping mechanisms seen throughout the book (and subsequently the film).
  3. Because it just felt right.

So here you go.  My reasons that you will see things like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Trek: Picard, newer novels from Stephen King, obscure pieces of media from long dead authors, new music from the bands he loved (and maybe some that aren’t in the book just because it was something I thought he would have listened to because he liked They Might Be Giants), AND references from Ready Player Two… because Kira and her likes were much closer to my heart than Halliday’s.

And remember…I’m only one person who doesn’t have “12 hours a day, 7 days a week” to devote to this as much as I would love to.  So I’ll get to reviews as quickly as I can.

And Anorak’s Almanac is forthcoming…

Posted in Flick Central, Siren Edition

Flick Central – The Siren Edition

Here is the list of the watchable references that are referenced in Ready Player Two. They are listed below by Category, from television shows to feature films, shorts and music videos. Even full channels. As articles and reviews get written about the reference (articles may apply to things i cannot find copies of or maybe don’t completely exist in the form mentioned in the text) then the title will turn into a link for you to follow to that review or article! The links below will jump you to each category since there is a plethora of visual references in this book. I wanted to get these up fairly quickly so the Siren Editions of the lists will be works in progress and will be added to as I did through the book to get these references for you to follow along with. Also note that there maybe overlaps where media is on both lists.

Film:

Television:

Shorts:

Music Videos:

John Hughes:

Posted in Anorak's Almanac, Flick Central

Flick Central!

Here is the list of all of the watchable references that would have appeared in Anorak’s Almanac. They are listed below by Category, from television shows to feature films, shorts and music videos. Even full channels. As articles and reviews get written about the reference (because I can no longer truly watch old 1980’s MTV, or might not be able to find the 1978 Star Wars Christmas Special…) then the title will turn into a link for you to follow to that review or article! The links below will jump you to each category since the number of references is LONG…so very LONG…. and may be added to in the future.

Film:

  • 1941
  • 11/22/64
  • 12 Monkeys
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • 2010: The Year We Made Contact
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • A Shot in the Dark
  • Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • The Addams Family Values
  • The Addams Family Reunion
  • The Addams Family (Animated)
  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
  • The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension
  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • AI Artificial Intelligence
  • Airplane!
  • Airwolf
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Covenent
  • Aliend Ressurection
  • Alien vs Predator
  • Alien vs Predator Requiem
  • Aliens of the Deep
  • Alita: Battle Angel
  • Always
  • American Graffiti
  • Amistad
  • And Now for Something Completely Different
  • Army of Darkness
  • The A-Team
  • Avatar
  • Avatar 2
  • Avatar 3
  • Back to the Future
  • Back to the Future II
  • Back to the Future III
  • Bad Taste
  • Bag of Bones
  • Barry Lyndon
  • Beat the Devil
  • The Beastmaster
  • The Beatles: Get Back
  • Beowolf
  • Better off Dead
  • The BFG
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • Blade Runner
  • Braindead (Dead Alive in US)
  • Brazil
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Bridge of Spies
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Chasing Amy
  • Clerks
  • Clerks II
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • The Color Purple
  • Cop Out
  • Coraline
  • Crimson Peak
  • Cronos
  • Crossing the Line
  • Cry of the Banshee
  • Curdled
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Curse of the Pink Panther
  • The Dark Crystal
  • Death Proof
  • The Devil’s Backbone
  • Django Unchained
  • Dogma
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
  • Dona Lupe
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Duel
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God
  • Earthship.TV
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Escape to Nowhere
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Evil Dead
  • The Evil Dead 2
  • Excalibur
  • Expedition: Bismark
  • Explorers
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Fantastic Voyage
  • Fear and Desire
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Ferris Buller’s Day Off
  • Fight Club
  • Fighter Squad
  • Firelight
  • The Fisher King
  • The Flying Car
  • Footloose (1984)
  • Footloose (2018)
  • Forgotten Silver
  • Four Rooms
  • The Frighteners
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Game
  • Gamera
  • Geometria
  • Ghostbusters
  • Ghostbusters II
  • Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • Ghosts of the Abyss
  • Gigantor
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Godzilla
  • Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla
  • The Goonies
  • Gone Girl
  • Grindhouse
  • Halloween
  • Hard Boiled
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Heathers
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Hellboy
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Highlander
  • Highlander II: The Quickening
  • The Hire
  • The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Hook
  • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnasus
  • Inglorious Bastards
  • Inspector Clouseau
  • The Iron Giant
  • Isis
  • IT: Chapter One
  • IT: Chapter Two
  • Jaberworcky
  • Jackie Brown
  • James Cameron: Voyage to the Bottom of the Earth
  • James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot
  • Jersey Girl
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Jim Henson’s Labyrinth
  • Jurassic Park
  • Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • Jurassic World
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Jurassic World: Dominion
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1
  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2
  • The Killer
  • Killer’s Kiss
  • The Killing
  • Kilroy was Here
  • King Kong (2005)
  • Knight Rider
  • Krull
  • La Hora Marcada
  • Ladyhawke
  • Land of the Lost
  • The Last Gun
  • Last Mysteries of the Titanic
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Legend
  • Lincoln
  • Lolita
  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Love Birds in Bondage
  • The Lovely Bones
  • Mad Max
  • Mad Max 2
  • Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Mad Max: The Wasteland
  • Mae Day: The Crumbling of a Documenary
  • Mallrats
  • Mank
  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
  • Marty
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future
  • Meet the Feebles
  • Mimic
  • Minority Report
  • The Miracle of Flight
  • MirrorMask
  • Misfits of Science
  • Mondy Python and the Holy Grail
  • Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  • Monty Python’s Life of Brian
  • Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life
  • More American Grafitti
  • Moral Engines
  • Munich
  • My Best Friend’s Birthday
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Nightmare Alley
  • And Now for Something Completely Different
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Pacific Rim
  • The Plan
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Panic Room
  • Paths of Glory
  • Phantasm
  • The Pink Panther
  • The Pink Panter Strikes Again
  • Pinocchio (2021)
  • Piranha
  • Piranha II: The Spawning
  • Poltergeist
  • The Post
  • Predator
  • Predator II
  • Predators
  • The Predator
  • Pretty in Pink
  • The Princess Bride
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Promethus
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Radioland Murders
  • Rain Man
  • Razor
  • Real Genius
  • Red Dawn
  • Red State
  • Resevoir Dogs
  • Resurgence
  • The Return of the Pink Panther
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • Riptide
  • Risky Buisness
  • The Road Warrior
  • Robotech
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Savage
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
  • Schindler’s List
  • Se7en
  • Serenity
  • The Shape of Water
  • The Shining
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • The Social Network
  • Son of the Pink Panther
  • Spartacus
  • Stardust
  • Stargate
  • Strange Days
  • Strange Magic
  • Strokes of Genius
  • The Sugarland Express
  • The Terminal
  • Terminator
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • Terminator Salvation
  • Terminator Genisys
  • They Shall Not Grow Old
  • THX 1138
  • Time Bandits
  • Titanic
  • Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron
  • Trail of the Pink Panther
  • Transformers
  • True Lies
  • True Romance
  • Tusk
  • Twilight Zone: the Movie
  • War of the Worlds
  • Wargames
  • Weird Science
  • West Side Story (1961)
  • West Side Story (2020)
  • The Wholly Family
  • Willow
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Witches
  • Wizards
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Yoga Hosers
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • The Zero Theorem
  • Zodiac

Television:

  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia
  • 10 Minute Tales
  • The Addams Family
  • Amazing Stories
  • American Gods
  • Android Rooster
  • Ash vs the Evil Dead
  • Babylon 5
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2004)
  • Broaden Your Mind
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Caprica
  • Captain Kangaroo
  • Conan The Barbarian
  • Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  • Do Not Adjust Your Set
  • Doctor Who
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
  • Family Ties
  • Firefly
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Galactia 1980
  • G-Force: Guardians of Space
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
  • Good Omens
  • The Greatest American Hero
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • H.R. Puffnstuf
  • Hawk the Slayer
  • He-man and the Masters of the Universe
  • Highlander: The Series
  • IT
  • Knight Rider
  • The Legend of Hollowdega
  • Land of the Lost
  • The Max Headroom Show
  • Mindhunter
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus
  • MTV
  • The Muppet Show
  • Neverwhere
  • Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures
  • Pac-Man: The Animated Series
  • Pac’s Scary Halloween
  • SantaPac’s Merry Berry Day
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Sesame Street
  • The Simpsons
  • The Smurfs
  • Spaced
  • The Space Giants (Ambassador Magma)
  • Square Pegs
  • Stargate SG-1
  • Stargate Atlantis
  • Stargate Universe
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Thundarr the Barbarian
  • Trollhunters
  • Whiz Kids
  • WWF
  • The X-Files

Anime:

  • Brave Raideen
  • Challenge of the Gobots
  • Cowboy Bebop
  • Gundam
  • Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot
  • Macross
  • Science Ninja Team Gatchaman
  • Mobile Suit Gundam
  • Neon Gensis Evangelion
  • Speed Racer
  • Tranzor Z
  • Ultraman

Shorts:

  • The Animatrix
  • Amblin’
  • Captain EO
  • The Crimson Permanent Assurance
  • Schoolhouse Rock!
  • The Seafarers
  • Story Time
  • Ticker
  • Xenogenesis

Webseries:

  • The Face of the Enemy
  • Razor Flashbacks
  • The Resistance

Music Videos:

  • “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough”

Indiana Jones:

  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Arc
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull
  • Indiana Jones and the Jewel of the Forest
  • Indiana Jones and the Relic of Gotham
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Adventures in the Secret Service
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Demons of Deceptions
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Journey of Radiance
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: My First Adventure
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Oganaga, the Giver and Taker of Life
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Spring Break Adventure
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: The Perils of Cupid
  • The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Trenches of Hell
  • The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles

Star Trek:

  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Star Trek: Strange New World
  • Star Trek: Untitled Project
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • Star Trek: Prodigy
  • Short Treks
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek Generations
  • Star Trek First Contact
  • Star Trek Insurrection
  • Star Trek Nemesis
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond

Star Wars:

Marvel:

  • Agent Carter
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The Amazing Spiderman
  • The Amazing Spiderman 2
  • The Ant-man
  • Ant-man and the Wasp
  • Ant-man and the Wasp: Quantumania
  • The Avengers (Animated TV Series)
  • The Avengers
  • The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • The Avengers: Infinity War
  • The Avengers: End Game
  • The Avengers (Animated TV Series)
  • Avengers Assemble (Animated TV Series)
  • Black Panther
  • Black Panther II
  • Black Panther (Animated TV Series)
  • Black Widow
  • Blade
  • Blade II
  • Blade Trinity
  • Blade: The Series
  • Captain America The First Avenger
  • Captain America The Winter Soldier
  • Captain America Civil War
  • Captain Marvel
  • Captain Marvel 2
  • Cloak and Dagger
  • Daredevil
  • Daredevil (TV Series)
  • Deadpool
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Defenders
  • Doctor Strange
  • Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness
  • Electra
  • Eternals
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • Fantastic Four (Animated TV Series)
  • The Fantastic Four (Animated TV Series)
  • Fantastic Four
  • Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • The Gifted
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
  • Ghost Rider
  • Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance
  • Helstrom
  • Howard the Duck
  • Hawkeye
  • HULK
  • HULK and the Agents of SMASH (Animated TV Series)
  • The Incredible Hulk (TV Series)
  • The Incredible Hulk (Animated TV Series)
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Inhumans
  • Iron Fist
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man II
  • Iron Man III
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures (Animated TV Show)
  • Jessica Jones
  • Logan
  • Loki
  • Luke Cage
  • The New Mutants
  • The Punisher
  • Punisher War Zone
  • The Punisher (TV Series)
  • Runaways
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • She-Hulk (TV Series)
  • Silver Surfer (Animated TV Series)
  • Spectacular Spider-Man (Animated TV Show)
  • Spider-man (Animated TV Series 1994)
  • Spider-man (Animated TV Series 2017)
  • Spider-man Unlimited (Animated TV Series)
  • Spider-man
  • Spider-man 2
  • Spider-man 3
  • Spider-man Homecoming
  • Spider-man Far From Home
  • Spider-man: No Way Home
  • Spider-man Into the Spider-verse
  • Spider-man and His Amazing Friends (Animated TV Show)
  • Spider-Woman (Animated TV Series)
  • Super Hero Adventures (Animated TV Series)
  • The Super Hero Squad Show (Animated TV Show)
  • Thor
  • Thor The Dark World
  • Thor Ragnarok
  • Thor Love and Thunder
  • X-Men (Animated TV Show)
  • X-Men: Evolution (Animated TV Show)
  • X-Men
  • X-Men II
  • X-Men III: Last Stand
  • X-Men First Class
  • X-Men Days of Future Past
  • X-Men Apocalypse
  • X-Men Dark Phoenix
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • Ultra Force (Animated TV Show)
  • Ultimate Spider-man (Animated TV Show)
  • Venom
  • Venom 2
  • Wandavision
  • What If…?
  • Wolverine and the X-Men (Animated TV Show)
  • The Wolverine

DC:

  • The Adventures of Batman
  • The All-New Superfriends Hour
  • Aquaman
  • Arrow
  • Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
  • Birds of Prey (TV Series)
  • Batman (TV Series)
  • The Batman (TV Series)
  • The Batman
  • The Batman/Superman Hour
  • The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour
  • Batman
  • Batman Beyond
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman Returns
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • Batman Forever
  • Batman & Robin
  • Batman Begins
  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Batwoman
  • Beware the Batman
  • Catwoman
  • Constantine
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Flash
  • Green Lantern
  • Gotham
  • iZOMBiE
  • Joker
  • Jonah Hex
  • Justice League
  • Justice League (Animated)
  • LEGO Batman
  • The Losers
  • Man of Steel
  • The New Adventures of Batman
  • The New Batman Adventures
  • Pennyworth
  • The Return of Swamp Thing
  • Shazam!
  • Stamp Day for Superman
  • Steel
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Suicide Squad
  • Superfriends
  • Supergirl
  • Supergirl (TV Series)
  • Superman
  • Superman II
  • Superman III
  • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
  • Superman and the Mole Men
  • Superman Returns
  • Swamp Thing
  • V for Vendetta
  • Watchmen
  • Watchmen (TV Series)
  • Wonder Woman (TV Series)
  • Wonder Woman
  • Wonder Woman 1984