Take Five: What YA Novel Would Make a Great Video Game?

These days, stories often cross multiple platforms, but YA novels aren’t often adapted to the video game format even though some are idea for the format. This week, Hub bloggers imagine great books as video games.

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What YA novel would make a great video game?

Ender’s Game would make an excellent video game, with lots of mini-games thrown in. The game could mimic the game Ender and his friends played or could be the story of the book in game format. — Jenni Frencham

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Because if there were a video game version, you’d get to play all of the 80’s games referenced in the book (a collection of games within a game!) AND get to play the super awesome recite Monty Python game (which should totally be on the market now!). — Stacy Holbrook  

I bet the Throne of Glass series would make such a fun RPG. You wake up in jail, get offered freedom on the condition that you join the contest to become the new royal assassin, and solve a murder mystery. It could be like a Skyrim/Assassin’s Creed mash-up!

Legend by Marie Lu could have some pretty cool platforming elements with all of the parkour elements within. There’s also the whole “rebellion against oppressive overlords” theme that plays pretty well in games.

Sabriel by Garth Nix would be an awesome video game. It would be a great mix of puzzle solving as Sabriel tries to find her missing father, and battle sequences as you fight against the evil necromancer. Plus you could have a lot of fun playing as secondary characters like the cat, Mogget. — Miriam Wallen

What books would you recommend be developed into video games? 

— Molly Wetta, currently reading Rook by Sharon Cameron

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Molly Wetta

Molly is the Senior Librarian for Youth Services, Programming, and Marketing at Santa Barbara (CA) Public Library. She is a former member manager of YALSA's The Hub.

One thought on “Take Five: What YA Novel Would Make a Great Video Game?”

  1. YA Books that would make great video games (and of course I’m assuming that you you use all of their follow on books where they exist): Article 5 by Kristen Simmons, Dualed by Elsie Chapman, Viral Nation by Shaunta Grimes, The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey, and of course!! Cinder by Marissa Meyer.

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