Today is launch day for our newsletter. To entice folks to sign up and see what we’re about, we’re offering a promotional giveaway of Ready Player One the movie and also a copy of the book. Two winners.
Why Ready Player One?
We don’t write in the RPG genre, our settings are not dystopian, and we don’t utilize a plethora of pop culture. But we do write for the older YA audience, tackling real-life issues of loss and regret. We do include light fantasy and sci-fy. We do cross generational boundaries, telling timeless stories.
Differences and similarities aside, here are the three main reasons we chose to give away Ready Player One (if it’s in quotes, it’s referenced in the movie):
- From the moment this story opens, it tackles the issue of self-identity–the need to live with purpose, the need to do something that makes us feel important within society. But what if society is an unpleasant place where people don’t want to exist? “In the Oasis you can be whatever you want.” You can experience those things you can’t experience in real life. Who doesn’t want to escape real life? If you like to read and/or write fiction, chances are you can identify with this. Stories offer adventure when real life can’t.
But stories, video games, and the “Oasis” cannot be a substitution for real life. Everyone also knows that. “We can only get a meal in the real world.” So, how do we deal in the real world when it gets nasty.
- By surrounding ourselves with good people who build us up. It takes intentional effort to join a club, a library reading group, or a church–“a clan”. But the effort is worthwhile because it’s in that effort we find out who we are, what we’re made of. The people we spend time with help shape our identity. I feel a Les Brown quote coming on:
- “If you run around with nine losers, pretty soon you’ll become the 10th.”
- “You don’t get in life what you want. You get in life what you are.”
- “In the end it is the person you become, not the things you achieve, that is most important.”
I could go on and on. Les Brown is an awesome motivational speaker with amazing thoughts about life. If you have time, check out his website here, or listen to this incredible audio:
- Amidst the universal and timeless themes in Ready Player One, Mel loves the monsters she recognizes from video games, and I love the 80’s music and references to movies I experienced as a teenager. It’s a fairly clean, feel good story that has a great romance. I love the romance.
Those are our top three (maybe more) reasons we love this story, and since we don’t have a book of our own to give away yet, why not give away one Mel and I both enjoy.
Have you seen or read Ready Player One? What did you think? What was your favorite thematic element? What was your favorite 80’s pop culture item?
If you like reading romance sci-fy for age 14 and up, please consider signing up for our newsletter.
To enter the giveaway, simply sign up for our newsletter. It’s free, and you have no obligations to stick around, but we hope you will. What’s Included:
- A chapter a month from an original romance novella with light sci-fy.
- A free graphic that accompanies the story and is not available anywhere else.
- A monthly giveaway.
- An article called the Creator’s Trademark
- Updates about our writing journey
A complete list of rules can be found here. Have wonderful day and remember:
“In every day there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 opportunities to make a positive impact.”–Les Brown.