Top Five Wednesday (T5W) is a weekly meme hosted by Thoughts On Tomes. Each week there is a new theme which you can find on the T5W Goodreads group. It’s my first time participating but certainly not the last! (What? I love lists okay). Every week, I’ll try to pick diverse or translated novels, because I feel like sometimes we tend to use diversity as a genre when really, it should be seen as the expression of good craft (realistic, etc.) and present in every genre.
April 12th: Books That Would Make Good Video Games
Many gamers love Skyrim, but as far as I’m concerned, I often miss the time I could lose myself in Morrowind, be annoyed by the fucking cliff-racers, explore some mine for the umpteenth time and join the Telvanni House because really, there’s never been a better choice, isn’t there?
Who cares if every conversation could be more annoying than the last? Certainly not me.
If my gaming time tended to shrink over the years, I still very much notice when the books I’m reading would make fun video-games. Here are some of them.
Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
I feel like that this novel opens so many possibilities… So many worlds to explore… It would make such a FANTASTIC adventure!
Orphan Black meets Inception: Two formerly conjoined sisters are ensnared in a murderous plot involving psychoactive drugs, shared dreaming, organized crime, and a sinister cult.
One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood.
She’s arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades. The San Francisco police suspect involvement with Verve, a powerful drug, and offer her twin sister Taema a chilling deal. Taema must assume Tila’s identity and gather information – then if she brings down the drug syndicate, the police may let her sister live. But Taema’s investigation raises ghosts from the twins’ past.
The sisters were raised by a cult, which banned modern medicine. But as conjoined twins, they needed surgery to divide their shared heart – and escaped. Taema now finds Tila discovered links between the cult and the city’s underground. Once unable to keep secrets, the sisters will discover the true cost of lies.
Damn, I’d just want to unplug and dream, wouldn’t you?
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. FOR THE LAST TIME.
A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, from which enough ash spews to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter.
It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.
And it ends with you. You are the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where orogenes wield the power of the earth as a weapon and are feared far more than the long cold night. And you will have no mercy.
Who wouldn’t want to explore the broken earth, earn new rings and expand its orogene powers, and maybe turn into a stone-eater some time? What a silly question, really.
CROWN PRINCESS RHIANNON TA’AN WANTS VENGEANCE.
The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, RHEE has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.
ALYOSHA is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.
Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.
The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.
I’ve always had a soft spot for space-operas, and I’d enjoy following Aly SO MUCH!
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
First the world-building is fantastic and imaginative, but what would really make a great video-game out of Monstress are the characters.
First a kickass heroine…
… teamed-up with an adorable fox girl… Awww ❤
… a talking cat…
… also, a monster…
… and many complex villains. What more could we want?!
Other novels whose video-game adaptation I would very much enjoy playing :
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab : I just want Kell’s coat, alright? Okay, who am I kidding? I want to explore all four Londons. Yes, all four.
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu : There’s something so damn fun about impersonating a villain in the making, and honestly, I just want to use Adelina’s powers. *evil cackle*
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo : Would you rather impersonate Nina, develop your powers and play Princess and Barbarian, or choose Kaz and take over responsibility in a gang? Or perhaps would you prefer handle the Wrath’s tasks, Dishonored like? Honestly, I’ll do EVERYTHING.
- The Scorpio Rules by Erin Bow