In class, we agreed that A Game of You is scary because it shows us that the boundary we draw between the dream world and the real world is not as hard and fast as we like to think. This doesn’t feel scary to me anymore. Isn’t it exciting that the things that happen in our head have the ability to manifest themselves in the physical world? I know that my imaginings inform my choices and my identity and...that’s cool!
When our conversation turned to Wanda, we said that, for Wanda, the boundary between dreams and reality is hard, fast, and ultimately insurmountable. To me, this is the nightmare in A Game of You. Wanda’s dream of herself is not allowed to bleed into the real world and thus it is not allowed to bleed back into the dream world. Wanda can't move. She is trapped.
Here, in “Is Free Will Really Free?” Malcolm Gladwell explains that when people are forced to justify their preferences, “[we put them through] a process that alienates them from their true needs...” When I am forced to justify myself I get angry and defensive. Just like Wanda, I don’t know why I am the way I am, I just am.
A Game of You is less scary than deeply sad. In the end, Wanda is wiped from history because there is no place to accept her narrative. This is troubling. What am I supposed to do with her story now?