In the mid-80s, my school librarian introduced me to the control freak’s dream series: Choose Your Own Adventure books. I’ll be honest, it was a slice of Nirvana for me, a control freak from a tender age.
Here I was, an essentially powerless kid, yet I could control the destiny of book characters. I may have had to go to bed at 7:30 because my mom said so, but I could control the outcome of a book?! Can I get an amen for my new God Complex?
Admittedly, this series was a bit dated by the time I showed up on the scene–originally published in the late 1970s while I didn’t come upon it until 1985 or so. To my chagrin, many of the plots seemed geared toward a more masculine readership, but a few years later I discovered Choose Your Own Adventure-style books with boy-crazy story lines…just my speed.
I’m guilty of rewriting my character’s destiny (many times over) by flipping ahead, turning back and weighing the outcomes of my options before making an ultimate decision. I was a kid AND a control freak…what can I tell you?
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