Deadly Read

I grew up on Choose Your Own Adventure books. But I used to cheat. I’d read them in reverse, because I didn’t want to die. It turns out that’s the wisest approach. Because the writers want you to die. Statistically speaking. This guy named Michael Niggel put together a flow chart of a typical Choose Your Own Adventure novel. It looks like this.

You can see a high quality PDF here.


My favoutite one as a kid was called ‘Mountain of Mirrors’ It was cool. There was a snow giant. Just the other day I was contemplating reading it again, for kicks.

I used to cheat too, by making ‘informed decisions’ if you know what I mean, nudge nudge wink wink.