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A plot twist for video game novels: As TV shows ascend, books fade

By Greg Leporati

17 Aug 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this WaPo feature to know why novels based on popular games are fading in the background as TV adaptations take centre stage.

Once upon a time - in the early 2000s - novels based on video games were a nascent but quickly growing trend. The New York Times best-selling science fiction author William Dietz had a hand in that: In 2003, his publisher approached him about writing a novelization of the landmark video game, "Halo: Combat Evolved." It was his first time writing a novel based on a video game.

"I had to learn the game, master it and write the book - all in three months," Dietz said with a laugh. "It was kind of crazy."

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