If Vintage Video Games Infiltrated Literary Classics

Posted by Jamie Canaves

We're really excited about the movie Pixels. Aliens. ‘80s. Vintage video games. Peter Dinklage. This movie can straight up suck and we're still going to be happy watching Pac-Man confronted by his creator, Toru Iwatani.

So in true Quirk fashion, our brains start to spin out some weird (or possibly genius) ideas. In this case, what if vintage video games infiltrated literary classics? Hope you're ready, player one.


Anna Karenina-Kong tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing, albeit hairy, Donky Kong. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of the barrel-throwing monkey world. Set against a vast and richly textured 8-Bit Era, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and industrial construction life and all the variations on love and primate grooming.





In Love in the Time of 8-Bit Cholera, the youths Frogger Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born Logger, Frogger is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises through roads and rivers in his career he whiles away the years in turtle affairs—yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Frogger purposefully attends the funeral. Fifty years, nine months, and four days after he first declared his love for Fermina, he will do so again.







A beautiful and haunting story about friendship, secrets, and the power of the Centipede, The Secret Centipede Garden tells the story of orphaned Mary Lennox, who is sent to live in her uncle's house on the Yorkshire moors. With the tragic death of her uncle's wife ten years earlier, after a vicious Centipede attack, the house is an unhappy one. Miserable and lonely, Mary starts to explore the house's gardens and soon discovers a key to the secret garden her uncle had sealed off. There she discovers a secret so important, so frightening, that it will change her life forever.





Ryu and Ken by William Shakespeare is a play about two young star-crossed Street Fighters whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. 







In The Bonesetter’s Alien Loving Daughter memories rise like wisps of alien’s ghosts as LuLing Young searches for the name of her mother, the daughter of the Famous Bonesetter from the Mouth of the Space Mountain. Trying to hold on to the evaporating past, she begins to write all that she can remember of her life as a girl. Meanwhile, her daughter, Ruth is losing the ability to speak up for herself in front of the Invader she lives with and his two teenage aliens. 




One of the most popular books ever written about childhood, Little Women and the Dots-Eater, charmingly recounts the home life of four sisters: literary-minded Jo March; Meg, the older sister who marries a young Pac-Man; fashionable and artistic Amy; and gentle, musically inclined Beth. An unforgettable depiction of ghost-riddled maze life. 






Which of these titles would you love to add to your TBR shelf?