Response to CYOA writeup

As a kid of 8 or 9 I was definitely in to the choose your own adventure genre of books. As an obsessive reader at that age, it was satisfying to me that these were books I could read over and over and over, having a different experience every time. It felt powerful. But as the article touched on, this came with the impulse to figure out every possible outcome and story arc contained within the book. I would eventually resort to reading the whole text back-to-front, making the whole structure pointless. This would lead to me figuring out exactly how the book worked and how to “win,” but it also kind of negated the whole point of a choose your own adventure text. In knowing how the different options played out by reading cover to cover, I also lost the legibility and any hope of following a logical story progression.

The author also mentions how as the genre progressed over the years, the stories became less branched and more linear as a rule. Perhaps this trend came to be due to others having my same, bad habit of eventually just reading the book front to back, and overall losing enjoyment in the story because of that. Decreasing the amount of choices would make this “cheat” reading less dissatisfying, and readers who chose to do this might feel less alienated by the unfamiliar format in the end.