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Books in Pairs: Movies and Games

Updated: Nov 24, 2022

Films and TV-shows

  • If you liked: Netflix's Stranger Things you might like: The Devouring Gray - Christine Lynn Hermann Small town teens with superpowers fight a supernatural threat from a "shadow-dimension"

  • If you liked: Netflix's Squid Game you might like: Reprieve by James Han Mattson A gameshow (in this case set in a famous escaperoom) takes a deadly turn, and our group of contestants must survive their way to the end. The social commentary and "political horror" elements in both are ironclad.

  • If you liked: Disney's Atlantis you might like: Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor Scholarly man with a very niche research-field finds a hidden city and love within.

  • If you liked: Disney's Onwards you might like: Sadé and her Shadow Beasts by Rachel Faturoti Colourful middle-grade featuring family love and moving on after the loss of a parent.

  • If you liked: Hotel Transylvania you might like: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T J Klune Wholesome and heartfelt adventures in a house filled with monsters, who honestly are a lot more adorable than they are scary.

  • If you liked: The Shape of Water you might like: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz or The Seawomen by Chloe Timms Modern fairytales about a girl who falls in love with a fish-man. Both are a bit dark and weird, but cover much deeper topics than what meets the surface.

  • If you liked: The Shawshank Redemption you might like: Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky Following the inner politics, forged friendships and building feuds among the inmates of an isolated and deeply corrupt prison. A big difference of course being the fantasy setting...

  • If you liked: Prometheus you might like: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini The infection of a xenobiologist with an alien parasite leads to life-threatening situations and rising questions about transcendence and what it means to be human.

  • If you liked: Get Out you might like: When the Reckoning Comes by Latanya McQueen Horror-thrillers featuring themes of American slavery, racism and injustices commited against people of colour, that ripple through to our modern times.

  • If you liked: The Thing you might like: All the White Places by Ally Wilkes Bonechilling arctic horror about a group of polar explorers, hunted by something unknowable.

  • If you liked: Slasher-movies you might like: Final Girls by Riley Sager Serial killer hunting down vitcims, who coincidentally happen to be scarcely clad college girls. Okay, the book is a bit more feminist-friendly...

  • If you liked: Firefly you might like: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams A combination of Sci-fi, space-travel, humor and that found-family trope that we all love so dearly.

  • If you liked: The Descent you might like: The Anomaly by Michael Rutger The exloration of an as-of-yet virgin cave-system unearths a threat that nobody expected.

  • If you liked: Supernatural you might like: American Gods by Neil Gaiman combining our modern world with beings and Gods from mythology and legend in a roadtrip-narrative with deadly concequences. And of course a dash of occasional dark and dry humor.

  • If you liked: Gray’s Anatomy you might like: The House of God by Samuel Shem The dramatised lives of young doctors in the cut-troat ratrace of resident-life.


  • If you liked: Mass Effect you might like: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Character-centred space-farers-sci-fi featuring a diverse cast of characters and their interpersonal relationships.

  • If you liked: Skyrim you might like: Shadow of the Gods by John Gwynne High fantasy inspired by Nordic mythology, featuring plot of battling (dead) Gods and dragons.

  • If you liked: Dungeons and Dragons you might like: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames Set within a world that is heavily inspired by D&D-archetypes and creatures, but presenting it with its own humourous spin and flair. or One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence A sci-fi-fantasy hybrid about a group of teenage D&D-players, who find the lines between game and reality beginning to blur, as bizarre events enter their lives.

  • If you liked: The Sims you might like: Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid If you like to create over-the-top drama within the personal lives and relationships of your Sims, and are looking for a book that captures just that same dramatically chaotic energy, Malibu Rising's celebrity drama may scratch that itch.

  • If you liked: Alan Wake or The Vanishing of Ethan Carter you might like: A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw The edges of reality and fiction bleed together when turns supernatural when an author goes missing...

  • If you liked: What Remains of Edith Finch you might like: Watch Over Me by Nina Lacour Melancholic tales of family tragedy featuring "ghosts" in one way or another. Mostly, these two are linked based off the feeling and vibes they give me.


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