Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group hosted by Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey and Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes. Every Wednesday of the month, readers and bloggers present their Top 5 Wednesday choices for a specific topic. Today’s topic is top 5 books you’d like to see as video games. Now, I’m going to be honest: I’ve never really played video games (with one exception being The Sims which I adored with all my heart), so I’m not going to be able to give much explanation as to how the game could be constructed or use any technical terms to describe it. But I still really wanted to do this topic. There are some books that I just can’t really see as films or TV series, but I think they’d make perfect games. As always, title links will guide you to our reviews of the book. So without further ado, here are my picks:

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Put the words “book” and “video games” together and my mind will automatically be like “=Mistborn”. Honestly, this series would make SUCH a great RPG game. Allomancy and the other science-based magic systems in this book would just be the ultimate video game powers. It would work so well. You could have people push and pull of buildings, jump off roofs, fly through the air in cool-looking cloaks…It’s all I need in life. Also, the world itself would make a fantastic video game world and Luthadel (the capital) has so much character that I would love to see come to life.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

This book deals with some very heavy and important issues such as the Holocaust and the meaning of identity, but on a purely plot-level basis, it’s literally about a motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo. Need I say more? This would make the most epic racing game in history.  You could have different settings from cityscape to desert to jungle, have different motorcycle mishaps and interactions with other racers. Someone make it happen!

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

This is one of those books I was talking about when I said that with some books I can only see them as video games and not as another medium. Frankly, I don’t think you could make Illuminae into a good movie. It’s all about those different media contained in the book that make it a unique reading experience. But as a video game? It would work so well! You could have different files as clues, lots of action, shooting down enemy spaceships. It would be a non-stop rollercoaster and I would love every second.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Did you think we’d get through this list without me mentioning a Schwab book? Of course not! It’s me after all. Basically, I just want this book world to be real. The game could have characters jumping between 4 different Londons, Antari magic, the magical competition in book 2, a pirate scenario etc. And you could gather points and collect magical items (like Kell’s coat!) to level up. I love this series and these characters and I need it.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire 

Unfortunately, I didn’t like Every Heart A Doorway as much as I wanted to and as everybody else seems to. But my main concern was that the book was simply too short. The author tried to do too much in too little space, and a result the worldbuilding was lacklustre, I couldn’t connect to the characters, and the mystery felt messy and a tad predictable. But I absolutely LOVE the concept and the world created here and I think if it was fleshed out more, it could be absolutely amazing. Having said that, it would work perfectly in a video game. The portal fantasy style and the almost scientific division of worlds would make an amazing scene for an RPG game where you could jump through different worlds. It would be so much fun and I would love someone to create it.


Hopefully you enjoyed this post! I would love to know some of the books you would love to see as video games! Do you agree with any of my picks? Let’s talk in the comments!


  1. Cait @ Paper Fury

    April 15, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Ooh I totally agree with your thoughts on Every Heart A Doorway!! I feel kind of bad because everyone else seemed to be in love with it?!? But I needed WAY more pages to actually feel connected to the story. ? But YES it’d make a good video game! I’m the same as you though, and I’ve really only ever played sims…but the idea of an Illuminae game??!!? YAS.

    • chantal

      April 15, 2017 at 6:55 PM

      I’m so glad you agree on Every Heart A Doorway Cait!! I know most people absolutely adore that book and I can see why, but although I enjoyed the reading experience, I found it underwhelming and felt disconnected. Right?! The concept is just too cool to have it not be more, haha.
      High five to a fellow Sims enthusiast! I’m going to be honest though, most of my sims playing was actually just building houses; I was so into architecture? I’ve always loved the idea of video games, but never got into them. Who knows, maybe that’ll change someday. And I’d genuinely be so excited about an Illuminae game, would be so much fun! And thanks so much for commenting❤️

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