Ready Player One
The Home Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
Playing old videogames never failed to clear my mind and set me at ease. [...] There, inside the game's two-dimensional universe, life was simple. (1.7)
Even though Wade is miserable in his aunt's trailer, he's able to escape and feel safe inside the world of a videogame. Home is where the (virtual) heart is, we guess.
I always found myself imagining that I lived in that warm, well-lit house [on Family Ties], and that those smiling, understanding people were my family. (1.10)
Wade feels safe imagining he's home with the Keaton family. Wade's real life is so terrible, he'd probably feel safe at home watching Breaking Bad.
No one could even touch me. In [the OASIS], I was safe. (2.26)
Safety is a big priority for Wade, and is probably the main word he would use to define a "home." But is any place really safe? Even in the OASIS, very real dangers surface—it's just that their consequences affect the real world, rather than the virtual one.