A Magical Escape

I think it is important that every individual has some sort of place or thing that they can escape to when the going gets tough or you simply need a few minutes to just pull yourself out of the stresses of life. On page 18, Cline discusses the character in the stories own escape, when he says, “Luckily, I had access to the OASIS, which was like having an escape hatch into a better reality. The OASIS kept me sane. It was my playground and my preschool, a magical place where anything was possible.” When I read this initially, I was like “Wow, that is so what most children visualize as Disneyland!” When children go to a place like Disney, they find it to be magical and a place where dreams come true. In essence, reality completely escapes them. In this story, the OASIS is his own form of an escape. For me personally, my music or a good book is what tends to keep me sane. I could listen to the Backstreet Boys albums over and over and completely get immersed in them, forgetting about everything else going on in my life, or I could read a really good book and be able to do the same. For some, however, video games provide that same relief, although since I am not into playing video games, per say, I found alternative options.

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3 thoughts on “A Magical Escape”

  1. This is an interesting post because all of the “magical” places you describe are things that are fleeting, or will eventually end. All books end, and even Disneyland closes. But the OASIS is never closed and is never finished. Do you think that without something to physically break you from your escape, we would all still be lost in whatever we escaped to? Alternatively, since the OASIS is so interactive and could potentially have so much to teach us, is that what keeps the appeal, and is it such a bad thing to be stuck in it all the time then?

  2. “For the last five years, the Hunt had given me a goal and purpose. A quest to fulfill. A reason to get up in the morning. Something to look forward to,” (Cline 19). He mentions that his terrible history with a mother with the job as an escort led him to dive into gaming endlessly, fighting everything he had for his mother not to turn off the game where he would ultimately fall back into reality. As I began to think of other escapes, one that came to mind was eating. Sometimes, when people become nervous or depressed, they begin to stress eat. Stress eating can lead to obesity, which can cause some extremely dangerous side effects, like even a the lack of ability to participate in daily activities, such as putting on your own shoes or clothes. For videogames, the health benefits are not always positive. Too much game play is not good for your eyes, and also can be bad for the wrists and hands. While this escape can help him stray away from stress in his life, playing too much has it’s negatives, like avoiding real problems that exist or being social with others. For myself, I think videogames are like Disneyland. You watch the films and see commercials that make Disneyland feel like a dream. Though, once you finally get to Disneyland, there’s problems you find such as long waits for rides, screaming children, and other mishaps that make the escape less sweet. For videogames, playing them is a great escape, but when coming across certain similar outcomes that happen in the gaming world, they can be much more different than in the games. Even the portrayal of certain locations or tasks seem engaging in a game but are not in reality. I agree that a good book or movie helps me escape problems, but it is also important to spend more time in reality dealing with the issues head on rather than constantly running away. This helps people to succeed and learn from hardships such as the poverty or hunger. Games can help lead to pushing people to try and change this poverty or hunger, and completing important tasks in real life.

  3. I’m not sure which copy you have of the book but when I first looked at the cover, I was shocked. I saw what I assumed to be a little boy climbing up a bunch of RVs to the top. After further reading the book, I found out that the proper name for these “homes” (if that would even been the correct word to deem them) are stacks. I imagined this boy climbing to the top and looking out over the land and imagining that he was somewhere else rather than where he was. I find it very funny that your post was titled “A Magical Escape” because that is the first thing that I thought about before I started to read this book.

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