Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games


I love video games. A lot. A chance to bring books and games together? Yes please! If you want more Top 5 Wednesdays content, you can check out the Goodreads group here.


Defy The Stars by Claudia Gray

This is a book about space travel and needing to save an entire planet from sending an entire generation to their deaths for what is a futile cause. An RPG style game where you are on a mission to gather what you need to go on a suicide mission to save the world, gathering teammates and supplies as you go from the planets that you visit would be entirely engaging. Very much like Mass Effect 2!



Scythe by Neal Shusterman28954189

Scythe is about two teenagers being trained to join the order of Scythe’s, those who have the power to end lives in a world where no one dies of natural causes. I imagine this as more of a click adventure game – you are given a quota of lives that you have to take and you have people that you can choose between, but your choices have an impact. Kill to little and you’re in trouble. Kill too many, and you’re in trouble. This feels like it would be quite a difficult and emotional game to get through.



Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

I know that Harry Potter has already been made into a ton of games, including Lego which is by far the best. But an RPG game where you’re playing as one of the main trio; someone from Dumbledore’s Army; a member of the original Order of the Phoenix; that has to go on missions to help stop Lord Voldemort’s plot to destroy the wizarding world. There would be chances for you to lose teammates to the other side, chances for them to die permanently and it would be a game of stakes and balance.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab22055262

ADSOM has the core idea of being able to travel between different but similar worlds, and it would be quite cool to have a game where you play as an Antari, who has to find out the secrets of the worlds around you. Maybe have it as an MMO, and you as the player can pick the London you’re aligned with, and it affects your skills and how much you can learn etc. And you’re working with other people from your London to gain enough power to defend or invade another world.



The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

This is about female gladiators so quite similar, a gladiator fighting game would be awesome. Like Mortal Kombat, the violence is dramatic and over the top. You have to fight your way from the bottom to the top, gaining enough prestige until you can get close to Julius Ceasar and put an end to him.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with my top 5? Can you think of any other books that would make stellar video games? Leave a comment below!


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