Choose Your Own Adventure

If you grew up with ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books with their story branches and variable endings, this article might be of interest. An exhaustively thorough analysis of exactly how it works and how they’ve evolved over time.

“In this example book, page one is a ‘branching’ decision, meaning there are at least two choices offered to the reader. The second page is a ‘story’ page, meaning that it was either a text page that had a single forced choice (e.g., ‘To continue, turn to page 30’), or an illustration page outside of the stream of the story. The brightly colored pages are endings of various degrees of direness. Great endings come in the middle and at the end of this selection of pages. The first ending in the book is an unfortunate one — a common trope in these stories.”



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