“But perhaps the more existential problem is that it makes a book difficult to really end. The work exists to showcase there is no right choice… The experience is then about sampling them all. Of remaining within.”
David Lerner Schwartz
I love this quote from the piece above, written by David Lerner Schwartz. I think it perfectly captures the appeal, and the eventual monotony, of choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) stories. I have always loved choosing my own adventures but never thought too much about why.
One of my favorite Sylvia Plath quotes explores a similar feeling:
CYOA stories allow us to explore a freedom, a level of choice and undoable regret, that we’ll never experience in our own lives.
What do you think? Especially in a time of anxiety, do CYOA stories give us a sense of control and comfort?