6 Video Games Inspired by Books

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While you’re probably aware of many movies and television shows that were first written as novels, you may be surprised to learn which video games derived their plots from novels as well.

Here’s a short list of popular video games and the books that inspired them:

Metro 2033: Inspired by Metro 2033 by Dmitry Glukhovsky – This game takes on the same plot and protagonist as the book. 20 years after a nuclear apocalyptic event annihilates most of mankind, Artyom journeys out to the wastelands above the subway system on a mission to alert other survivors of a new threat.

BioShock: Inspired by Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand – BioShock is loosely based on the many of the principles laid out in this book, where the decisions of a few industrial leaders shake the roots of capitalism and reawaken man’s awareness of himself as a heroic being.

The Witcher: Inspired by The Witcher (series) by Andrzej Sapkowski – Both follow Geralt of Rivera, a cunning assassin known as “the witcher,” who waits for the birth of a prophesied child who has the power to change the world – for good or for evil – as a war between the humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves threatens to erupt.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: Inspired by the Scott Pilgrim comics by Bryan Lee O’Malley – The side-scrolling game adaptation follows the adventures of Scott Pilgrim as he battles his way through Ramona Flower’s seven evil exes.

Dante’s Inferno: Inspired by Inferno by Dante Alighieri – The video game is a loose adaptation of the first canticle of Dante’s Divine Comedy, which tells the story of Dante being guided through the nine circles of hell by the spirit of the poet Virgil.

Spec Ops: The Line: Inspired by The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – The game presents a modernized version of the novel, about a man named Charles Marlowe who sails down the Congo in search of Kurtz, a company agent who has, according to rumors, become insane from the jungle isolation.

“But when you’re inside it, the closet is vast.”

marriage of a thousand liesCentral Library launched the new LGBTQ Book club on June 26.with Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu.  This debut novel follows Lakshmi, a lesbian Sri Lankan-American married to her gay Indian-American college friend but caught up with her childhood best friend and first love, Nisha. Just as her complicated relationship with Nisha rekindles, Lakshmi’s front of a marriage is crumbling. In fact, her whole life is quietly changing. She’s lost her full time desk job and is a freelance illustrator. She’s left the home she and Kris share and has moved back with her mother to care for her dying grandmother. Turns out Nisha has a wide circle of local lesbian friends from her college rugby days, who embrace Lakshmi (Lucky) and in whom she sees another way of living. Throughout, she must contend with the secrets and accusations of betrayal within her family.

We agreed that we all liked the book, especially it’s specific lens of the Boston Sri Lankan community. This specificity didn’t prevent the story from feeling universal, however, and each of us recognized part of ourselves in it. We noticed that Kris almost disappears from the story, but Lucky’s mother, who has been shunned and worries about the same fate for her daughters, is a driving force.  The mother’s support is all one-way, with no adaptation. While we sympathized with her feeling stuck, we also wondered if her daughters would ever take her in the same way she did for her mother. Nisha’s support is also one-way, in her own direction. We wondered if she was a user because she was scared (the girls seemed in physical danger when first together as teens by Nisha’s parents) or because she was spoiled and didn’t have to think of anyone else.

Nisha does open up a new world to Lucky through her chosen rugby family. Through these women Lucky reconnects with the physical release of emotion she first discovered dancing with Nisha. We decided that in both dancing and rugby Lucky finds self-acceptance and an identity not controlled by her family. One of Lucky’s sisters conforms to parental pressure and the other one lives independently but with no familial contact. The women of the rugby house offer Lucky one blueprint for the next chapter of her life with her needs and wants at the forefront.  Ultimately, we felt hopeful for Lucky.

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LEGO Building Books

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If you’re an adult LEGO fan looking for an excuse to play around with the colorful bricks from your childhood, look no further! Check out these inspiring books for your next LEGO project:

Birds From Bricks by Thomas Poulsom – Includes step-by-step instructions and color photos for creating birds from around the world, including a cardinal, macaw, penguin, painted bunting and more.

Geeky LEGO Crafts by David Scarfe — Presents step-by-step instructions for 21 fun and quirky adult LEGO projects, including objects for the home and holiday decorations, as well as art and design ideas.

Brick History by Warren Elsmore – Features 50 of the most pivotal historic moments in time and captures them in a mixture of detailed dioramas and buildable projects.

LEGO Architecture by Philip Wilkinson — An illustrated guide takes a look at the artists, builders, and inspiration behind the LEGO Architecture series, exploring the creative process and how the artists translated iconic buildings into LEGO sets.

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya – An artist known for his LEGO brick sculptures and portraits showcases some of his most impressive creations while providing insight and backstory into how they came to be.

Beautiful LEGO (series) by Mike Doyle — Showcases artist’s creations using LEGO blocks, ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects and famous monuments to imaginative renderings of spaceships, mansions and mythical creatures.

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book by Yoshihito Isogawa — Explores creative ways to build mechanisms with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set, with step-by-step photographs and a list of the required parts for a variety of models, including cars, steerable crawlers, ball-shooters, and grasping robotic arms.

The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin — Uses LEGO models to explore different architectural styles, providing a brief discussion of each movement as well as a gallery of models based on real buildings, accompanied by step-by-step building instructions.