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The Wandering by Intan Paramaditha puts the reader in charge

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The Wandering


Written by Bernard Cohen, originally published in SCMP

Nov 07, 2020

Despite their reader-empower­ing name, choose-your-own-adventure books are more distinguished by the limits placed on the reader’s choice of path than any broad freedom of literary navigation. At most you will have three or four possible paths, and all are bound to lead to the end. What’s more, even though “you” will be the protagonist, typical second-person narration often sounds closer to a series of commands than to the ideal of you the heroine seizing and shaping the storytelling: “If you want to report your loss to the police, turn to page 25”; “If you want to start a new life in LA, turn to page 352.”

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