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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Should Be Video Games

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme brought by T5W on Goodreads.

First off, I don't necessarily consider myself a gamer. My love affair with video games extends about as far as The Sims, Final Fantasy (in particular, Final Fantasy VII), and the majority of the Mario franchise. (In full disclosure, I also played all the way through the SpongeBob game for an adult).

So, this week's Top 5 Wednesday gave me some pause. What books would I, personally, like to see as video games? I first had to try to think about what I like most about video games. In general, I think a lot of people play video games like I read books...they want something to lose themselves in. The games I've gravitated most to are ones with really intricate storylines--whether I created them myself or just immersed myself in it.

I'm not sure if any of these would translate really well into a video game, but I guess that's not my job! But here are 5 books that I'd totally at least read a ton of reviews about someone were to attempt to turn them into video games.

Two words: zombies and apocalyptic romance. This would be a creepy ass video game with a super compelling story--AND you'd get to look forward to like 2-3 more installments.

If you've read a few of my posts, this probably isn't surprising at all. I can imagine this game with a really intricate plotline filled with really fun side-quests.

This is another game that could be super creepy, suspenseful and so immersive. The way the story unfolds in Cruel Beauty is subtle and I think the graphics for a game based on this novel could be so stunning.

I read Dark Matter with a book club a few months ago, and wrote about it here. I enjoyed it, and it wasn't my favorite, but it did play around with parallel worlds and definitely had a ticking clock that could make for a really fun, suspenseful and captivating video game.

Could this one work? I don't even know. But it's essentially about a romantic magic game with crazy plot twists, so what could go wrong?


I had a lot of fun with this week's Top 5 Wednesday topic, even if I felt more than a little out of my element. I think all these books have really engaging storylines, though, that could translate well to moody, atmospheric video games that also have several super fun side quests.

What do you think? Would you play any of these books-as-video-games with me?

Want to read more Top 5 Wednesday posts? Check out some recent ones!

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