Top 10 Tuesday

RETURNING TO T10T: 10 Book-to-Game Adaptations I Need (and vice-versa)

August 18, 2020
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

That’s right… I’M BACK! I haven’t done a Top 10 Tuesday post since my Spring TBR back in March, but I’ve been missing these posts! This week’s theme was supposed to be books that should be adapted into shows/movies, but it only felt right to commemorate my return to T10T by putting my own spin on the theme, as usual, plus this post has been bouncing around in my brain for a few months, anyways!

So instead, I’ll be talking about… 10 book-to-game OR game-to-book adaptations I need!

Final Fantasy X

This is my favorite video game of all time, and I had to include it. There is technically a book that exists as a sequel to X-2, but I’m thinking more along the lines of a series fleshing out the events of the games, including a prequel focused on Braska’s journey.

A Darker Shade of Magic

Technically, this whole trilogy would make such an interesting video game IMO. It could be so gorgeous and visually appealing, including side tidbits where you would veer off-course from the main storyline to play through Holland. ?

Stardew Valley

I know some of you are raising an eyebrow at me right now, but hear me out… a series of romance novellas or a short story collection taking place with SDV characters. Tell me you don’t low key want to know how a certain political figure’s shorts ended up in a certain townie’s room… ?


Honestly, the battle scenes alone. Could you imagine?


I don’t know how many people will recognize this one, but it’s a horror/sci-fi indie game involving some very creepy time-continuum issues and… other things… and honestly, I think it would make an absolutely TERRIFYING book.

The Bone Season

I’m not even sure if I would ask for the game to follow the plot of the books, or if it would work better as an MMO, because what I’m really picturing is the option to choose the type of voyant you play as and having the ability to train and level up your powers, complete with raids against SCION soldiers, etc.

Delicious series

If you’re not familiar with these, they’re point-and-click time management games (similar to Diner Dash), but there are a ton of them and they follow a linear storyline for the most part featuring Emily and her family. I think a set of graphic novels following Emily’s story would be so cute, plus there are spin-off game series featuring other characters from her town, which could easily work into spin-off standalone graphic novels! And the art could even match the art style of the newer games!


Like The Bone Season, I’m picturing this more as an MMO. Imagine getting to choose which order you belong to! Or, I guess you could not belong to an order and play someone boring like Mal… *sigh* Also, the Darkling as a boss battle? WHOA.


I cheated a little bit here because I haven’t actually played this game, but I’ve watched my spouse play a good bit of it, and when they suggested the idea of this as a children’s book, I had to agree that it would be adorable and perfect. It has a sweet little mouse as a main character! How much more can you ask for?

We Have Always Lived in a Castle

I thought of this one while writing this post, and now I feel like I’m going to always want this to be a thing because it would be so cool. Imagine a hidden object/mystery game where you uncover clues to the death of Merricat’s family. If you’ve read the book (or seen the film), you know where I’m going with this, but… yeah. It would be creepy and epic.

Are there any books you’d like to see adapted into video games? Or any video games you want novelizations of?


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  • Reply Christopher | Plucked from the Stacks August 18, 2020 at 12:32 am

    I’ve never considered We Have Always Lived in the Castle as a game, but you know what. After reading your explanation, I’m on board.

  • Reply Carolina @fictionologyst August 18, 2020 at 12:41 am

    Oh my god this is genius!!! Do you mind if I do this prompt?? Also I love all your choices, The Stardew Valley confuse me at first but I understand why you want it to be made to book!!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      Thank you so much! I don’t mind at all – I would love to see your spin on it! 😀

  • Reply ich lese August 18, 2020 at 12:59 am

    Oh yasssssss! The Shades of Magic trilogy and the Grishaverse would be immediate picks for me! I’d play! I’d imagine We Have Always Lived in the Castle to be entirely in black and white and to feel like Limbo (the game).

    My TTT:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 1:48 am

      I’m not familiar with Limbo off the top of my head but I’ll have to check it out, but I could totally see Castle being in B&W! It would be awesome! 😀

  • Reply Mareli Thalwitzer August 18, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Love your twist to the prompt! I have actually never played a video/computer game, but even I will sit down for your idea with We’ve always lived in the castle. Can be awesome!

    Well done! Here’s my 10 Books that should be adapted for Netflix

  • Reply bookishinbed August 18, 2020 at 1:16 am

    I love your twist on this so much! I would so be down for a stardew novella or graphic novel. I miss the characters so much. I haven’t played in ages. I would love to know more about the shorts.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 25, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you! I haven’t played it in a while either and I really want to get back into it soon but I can’t decide if I want to continue my current game or start a new one!

      • Reply bookishinbed August 31, 2020 at 1:53 pm

        I think if I played probably would start over new because it’s been so long I would be so confused with what I was doing. I do miss having Shane as my hubby though.

  • Reply tasya @ the literary huntress August 18, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I’d love to play the game version for the Grisha trilogy!

  • Reply Jess @ Jessticulates August 18, 2020 at 3:20 am

    Great list! I love the idea of We Have Always Lived in the Castle as a video game.

  • Reply Caro @ bookcheshirecat August 18, 2020 at 5:06 am

    Oh this is such a cool idea!! ? I would definitely play a videogame set in the Grishaverse, that would be really epic and the Darkling as a boss battle would be so cool ?

  • Reply thecritiquesofafangirl August 18, 2020 at 5:51 am


    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 1:51 am

      The fight scenes would be AMAZING. I’m totally picturing having like, a cooldown for some of the shadow moves and stuff. *swoon*

  • Reply Deb Nance at Readerbuzz August 18, 2020 at 6:18 am

    I like your tweak of the prompt.

  • Reply Meeghan reads August 18, 2020 at 6:24 am

    I would 100% read Stardew Valley romance novellas.

  • Reply iloveheartlandx August 18, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Ooh I would love to try A Darker Shade of Magic and The Bone Season as video games! Nice twist on the topic 🙂
    My TTT:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 1:51 am

      Thank you so much! They would make such cool games. 😀 Especially with how well developed the worlds in both of those series are!

  • Reply mehsi August 18, 2020 at 7:41 am

    This is absolutely awesome, I love your ideas! I definitely would love Stardew Valley romance novellas, so so much.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 1:56 am

      Thank you so much! 😀 haha I was worried nobody would agree with me on those so I’m excited you do!

  • Reply JadeSky August 18, 2020 at 7:41 am

    I love how you turned this prompt into something that suited you better. It’s wild and creative and I love it. I have not played any of the video games you mentioned or read any of the books, but “A Darker Shade of Magic” is on my TBR list, and Emily’s Road Trip sounds super fun!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 1:57 am

      Thank you so much! 😀 I hope you like the Shades of Magic series. They’re such delightful books. ♥

  • Reply Patrick Prescott August 18, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Wonderful choices. May your wish come true.

  • Reply lydiaschoch August 18, 2020 at 10:23 am

    You’ve really piqued my curiosity about Oxenfree!

    My TTT .

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 2:00 am

      It’s super eerie and fun! I love “weird” horror and I feel like it totally fits in that vein, plus I like that it starts off pretty subtle and just gradually amps itself up as you go on. 🙂

  • Reply confessionsofayareader August 18, 2020 at 10:31 am

    I like how you added games. Great list!

  • Reply amberinoface August 18, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Destiny, I am in love with this list and the freedom you went with for it. Stardew Valley? Ugh gimmie.

  • Reply evelynreads1 August 18, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    I’m not a gamer, but would definitely try out Nevernight and ADSOM haha!

    My post!

  • Reply Bex August 18, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    This is such a cute little twist on this T10 topic!

  • Reply Sarah August 18, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    these ideas are sooo cool! i especially love the Stardew and We Have Always Lived in the Castle ones. we need people on this STAT.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 2:02 am

      Thank you! Ugh, right? I honestly wish I knew a game dev team I could beg to look into the Castle one lmao. I just want it to become a thing ?

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  • Reply Nerd Narration August 18, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Welcome back, sweet friend! As you know I returned for the first time in 6 MONTHS (gasp!) last week! I like your twist on this week’s prompt. Very you and great selections!!

    Feel free to check out my book-to-screen wishes here:

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 2:03 am

      Thank you, my love!! I’m so excited that you just came back, too! Look at us, living our best T10T lives together again ♥♥

  • Reply Lauren @ Always Me August 18, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Yess!! I’d love to play A Darker Shade of Magic video game!

    Lauren @ Always Me

  • Reply anovelglimpse August 18, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    I don’t know about game, but The Bone Season would make a great show. Welcome back!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 2:05 am

      I would LOVE a TBS show! I think that’s supposedly going to be a thing, but I can’t remember for sure. And thank you so much!

  • Reply Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) August 19, 2020 at 3:09 am

    I love this week’s twist! Grishaverse would be fun to play. Perhaps people that ship the Darkling with Adelina could have them end up together. That would be a fun world to explore though.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 2:06 am

      Thank you! Oooh, that would actually be pretty cool. What if the game was one of those where there are several possible endings depending on the choices you make? And one of them could be Alina on the Darkling’s side and ending up with him, like you said… omg, I need this to exist even more now haha!

  • Reply Aj @ Read All The Things! August 19, 2020 at 9:56 am

    I loved video games as a kid, but I haven’t played any in years. I would probably change that if A Darker Shade of Magic became a game. It would be epic.

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 2:07 am

      Haha I love that you would come back to gaming for an ADSOM game! 😀 I bet a lot of people who don’t game much nowadays would pick up that game if it existed!

  • Reply Megan | Bookstacks 'n Golden Moms August 19, 2020 at 11:35 am

    I haven’t done a T10T for … probably a year or so. And I love your gamer spin on the prompt! My husband and I have been binge-watching The Witcher and he’s started playing the games again, leaving me to devour the books 🙂

    Here’s my TTT

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 3:39 am

      Oh wow! 😀 Thank you so much! Oooh, The Witcher show is so good. I really want to check out the books and games sometime.

  • Reply antarireads August 19, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Aaaaaah I didn’t know I needed an ADSOM game in my life, but now I totally do !

  • Reply Dedra @ A Book Wanderer August 22, 2020 at 3:07 pm

    I think you may win for best twist this week! What a fun idea! Now if only I was a gamer. 😉

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 2:12 am

      Haha thank you! 😀 That feels like even higher praise coming from someone who doesn’t game!

  • Reply Use Your Words August 26, 2020 at 2:03 am

    DESTINY!!!! I never knew I needed a Shades of Magic video game but now I bloody well do!

    Also I would totally read Delicious graphic novels, I love those games!

    • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 26, 2020 at 3:35 am

      Haha yesss, it would be so awesome! And omg, you’re literally one of maybe 4 or 5 people I’ve ever met who loved those games besides me! Yaaaaay! ♥

      • Reply Use Your Words August 26, 2020 at 3:42 am

        I used to play so many of those computer games before they were made into phone games ? I played diner dash as well, and the wedding planner one, my fave was cake mania which they put on Nintendo DS back in the day, I think they stopped making them ? I’m so tempted to try and hunt down the game and buy a DS so that I can get a nice dose of nostalgia ?

        • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 28, 2020 at 4:45 am

          I haven’t tried the phone versions, but I hear they’re really fun! I just am a sucker for the PC ones, I’ve been playing them so long that it wouldn’t feel right to play the re-mastered versions, I think. ? Omg, yes to Diner Dash, Wedding… whatever it was, and Cake Mania – I loved ALL of those SO MUCH!

          • Use Your Words August 28, 2020 at 10:40 pm

            I really need to revisit the PC ones! I don’t think I’ve played that way since I was a teenager!

            Oh no… this is not good, I’m gonna end up downloading these all again now and I will fall into the gaming hole when Animal Crossing already takes up too much of my time ahahah.

            Have you played Overcooked? It’s similar to these but best as a multiplayer game and so much fun! I played it with my cousin just last night aha.

          • Destiny @ Howling Libraries August 31, 2020 at 8:04 am

            Bahahaha enjoy! And no I haven’t played Overcooked yet but I really want to!

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