After my talk with Jake, I went ahead and printed out an extract from Ready Player One – the description of The Distracted Globe. There were less literary techniques used by Cline than Rowling, but he did include a whole load of blatant description, which I highlighted in green.
Shown below are scans of the three pages, fully annotated and highlighted. There is a key depicting what colour of highlight means what on the bottom of the third page, alongside a bullet point list of some of the key points I found in the text.
After re-reading the text about 5 times, I have a rough idea of how I would like to portray this piece of text. All of my key information is bullet pointed on the third page, ready to be quickly referenced as I begin some idea generation techniques.
Some of my ideas for this piece include:
- Using one point perspective to create the landscape, as it is a very densely populated urban area filled with skyscrapers and cars
- Fiddling with the opacity of the globe itself; it’s the centrepiece of the text, so it may look effective being a completely opaque cobalt blue sphere, or a more transparent blue sphere showing all of the people inside of it
- Sketching out the initial ideas on paper, and when curating the final book cover taking to photoshop to bring all of the mixed media elements together
Cline, E. (2012). Ready Player One. 1st ed. Arrow Books, pp.182, 183.