Books and video games have more in common than many people think. In fact many amazing video games are based on books and vice versa. Your Abilene Public Library has many of these books, if you’re interested in where your favorite games came from.
The Witcher is a popular example of this. It started out as a fantasy book series, was then converted into an award winning video game, and now is even a television show on Netflix.
The series by Andrzej Sapkowski was originally written as a serial in a Polish magazine and was later bound into a series of books and translated into English. This series is widely loved amongst Polish fantasy novel readers and was even given as a gift to former President Obama by the former Polish prime minister.
The series follows several characters, with Geralt, a witcher, being one of the most popular. As a witcher, Geralt has special powers and invulnerabilities that help him fight supernatural baddies in this action-based, high fantasy world.
The video game series “Metro 2033” is actually based on a Russian novel by the same name written by Dmitry Glukhovsky. The novel takes place in a post apocalyptic subway station in Moscow where a small group of remaining humans try to survive. The world has been taken over by mutated horrors and the novel follows a man named Artyom and his quest to journey to the city of Polis.
The massively popular author Tom Clancy has a large catalog of video games based on his books. One of the most popular game and book series from Clancy is Rainbow Six. The book series follows Rainbow, an international task force that combats terrorism. The video games are part of the first person shooter genre and rely heavily on tactical combat.
Though perhaps not direct adaptations as those mentioned above, there are also many games inspired by novels.
H.P. Lovecraft has inspired many forms of media with his dark tales of eldritch horror, and video games are no exception.
Here are a few of the amazingly eerie games that pay homage to this horror master: “Call of Cthulhu”, “Bloodborne”, “Amnesia: The Dark Descent”, “The Sinking City”, and “Moons of Madness.”
Ayn Rand’s objectivist philosophy has heavily inspired the creators of the “BioShock” video games. These breathtaking video games challenge many ideas which are found in Rand’s works and examine what happens when her philosophies are taken to extremes.
So if you are looking for a book to read tied to your favorite video game, your Abilene Public Library is your one stop home for all of this and more.
Search for your favorites in our online catalog at www.abilenetx.gov/apl.
Article Contributed by Marianne Vadney, Librarian I