Ernest Cline’s long-awaited sequel to Prepared Participant One is out this week! My copy of Ready Player Two simply arrived and I am unable to wait to dive again into the Oasis. Above Ernie’s Spotify “soundtrack” for the e book. And beneath, this is a bit from an interview with Ernie in Entertainment Weekly:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So when did you first begin considering of concepts for the sequel?
ERNEST CLINE: I attempted to arrange the potential for a sequel once I wrote the primary novel. As I used to be ending the primary e book, and I knew the primary e book was going to be printed, concepts began to formulate behind my head. I do not suppose I actually began writing till they began manufacturing on the film, which received me again into dwelling on the earth of Prepared Participant One. That is once I began to actually write the sequel. Additionally, I knew then there was like a ticking clock as a result of if the film does properly, then they’ll need to make a film sequel. And if there isn’t any e book to base the sequel on, then that will not cease them. In order that motivated me and it was nice as a result of as we had been ending the film, Steven began to ask me questions on what the sequel is perhaps about so he may get that into the ending of the primary film. It was additionally nice as a result of I used to be in [the book’s shantytown village] the Stacks — on the set of the film — on this recreation of issues from my creativeness. So it was onerous to consider the rest as soon as I used to be there. I needed to then cease and do [promotion for the film] and now I have been engaged on it nonstop for the final two years.
Whereas there are clearly many causes to do a sequel, did you have got any trepidation after you managed to have a first-time author’s dream expertise with the primary e book, which was such a house run in each means? Have been you involved about doubling down?
It did give me an enormous quantity of anxiousness going into writing it. I do know from my very own expertise — like with the Star Wars prequels — that expectations are sometimes resentments ready to occur. The upper your expectations, the extra you are setting your self up for disappointment. The beauty of my first novel was that no person knew who I used to be and folks may uncover it. As soon as it turned extra common I’d see individuals who heard it was so nice from their buddies, then they’d go into it with expectations. So I knew all people would even be going into this story with expectations, together with me and together with Steven Spielberg. He would name sometimes and ask if it was accomplished. Nothing will gentle a hearth below you want getting a type of cellphone calls, and I knew followers had been ready too. On the identical time, I wasn’t going to let anybody rush me. It is a unusual form of storytelling. I labored on Prepared Participant One for nearly a decade. I used to be nonetheless working full-time jobs throughout that point, however I’d work on and off and typically set it apart for as a lot as a yr, however I would all the time come again to it. I believed within the story and I knew I needed to end it. The best way that I’d do the puzzles could be very elaborate. Every of the puzzles is its personal elaborate puzzle field and weaving all of the riddles and puzzles and the ’80s references into the story takes a number of considering and like trial and error. So it is totally different than different writing tasks. I actually wished it to be pretty much as good as I may make it and as fulfilling as the primary e book. I believe lots of people are going to take pleasure in it. I do know some individuals’s expectations won’t be met and I am braced for that too.