This Guy Wants to Write a Minecraft NovelStephen Totilo5/09/11 2:00pmFiled to: Bold ideasPCMacMinecraftBooksMojangTop1511EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkKyle Lambert knows how ridiculous it sounds when he says he wants to write a Minecraft novel. He knows it seems odd. He knows that people will wonder how such a novel could be about anything other than lots of block-stacking and digging.AdvertisementBut he wants to write one.At first, he'd imagined something sort of like Lord of the Flies, perhaps. A story about survival. Or maybe an anthology of short stories would do.AdvertisementHe's not sure, so that's where you come in. Last week, I received an e-mail from Lambert, a Minecraft fan with a desire to make an official Minecraft book. He'd pitched the book to Mojang, the tiny Swedish company behind the hit computer game. He'd sent them an excerpt and is still hoping to sell them on his idea. He's dreaming of agents and book deals, but first he just wants to get this Minecraft novel done right.Played as a single-player game Minecraft is essentially a survival quest that dares the player to stay alive in a mysterious and malleable land populated with vicious, nocturnal monsters. Played more socially and creatively, it is the video game equivalent of Lego bricks, a construction set for the imagination. Making a novel out of such a thing seemed, to me, as logical and as natural as the idea of a Hollywood producer trying to make a movie out of The Sims. But, hey, someone tried that, so why not this?