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Lately, I’ve noticed some interest in crossover titles for video game players who are looking for good fiction reads. I know I’m not the first person to think of this. Scott Pilgrim vs the World is a good, if somewhat obvious, example. Here’s a list of some other titles that may not immediately spring to mind.

The Kraken supposed a Sepia or Cuttle Fish., Digital ID 400638, New York Public LibraryIn many video games, food increases health and fights illness. Use some of the Library’s cookbooks for teens to make something healthy, or, perhaps, a Portal cake. The Fables series boasts of the Normanomicon, "also known as the Book of the Extremely Dead, [...] a book, [...] full of evil incantations and spells and a extremely vicious rhubarb stew recipe." While I haven't played Fables myself, I assume this is inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Necronomicon and the Evil Dead movie titles. Jules Verne's underwater monstrosities have inspired many a comic book and videogame title, such as Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure for the Nintendo Wii, as has H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. While not technically a sea monster, most Cthulhu references include some aspect of squid or octopus physiology. More recently, Kraken by China Miéville, explores giant sea monsters. For more classic book suggestions from a gamer's perspective, check out the opinionated blog Gamer Lit.

Often, video games inspire films that may have little or nothing to do with the original title, as with The Birds of Anger from the popular game Angry Birds. Or, in the case of the Dante's Inferno video game, this extremely loosely based interpretation was meant, in part, to encourage players to read the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation of the poem.

Younger readers may enjoy reading about characters and plotlines from their favorite games from the following titles:

Older audiences may enjoy reading about characters and plotlines from their favorite games from the following titles:

Fans of Resident Evil may enjoy books from the imprint Quirk Classics, as well as Night of the Living Trekkies.

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I'm playing Skyrim right

I'm playing Skyrim right now...you encounter so many 'books' in that game...and the books are looooooooooooooong...well as long as a book on a shelf in a dungeon in a video game can be...one of them was at least 10 pages...but I'm sooooooo in the mode of kill, kill, level up I never stop to actually read or enjoy the book...I skim it...as if I am going to pick up some tidbit of useful information good post JB

The book that comes

The book that comes immediately to mind is "Ready Player One"! I feel like children of the 80s would love all of the video game and pop culture references... and even if those days were before your time, it's still a fun read :)

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