Choosing All Of Your Own Adventures … Good Choice or Bad?

25 Aug

Thinking back to when I was a child, one of the things I loved to do was read. I actually looked forward to going to the library and signing out stacks of the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books.

Choose YOur Own Adventure Books

Each book was written from a second-person point of view. The reader would then assume the exciting role of the protagonist and could make choices throughout the story that would then determine main character’s actions, and in turn, affect the overall plot and outcome of the entire story. I, of course, being a bit impatient, would often flip through the pages to see which choices would be the best for my character in the end.

Here’s how it went after an introduction to get the reader aquainted with the story…

If you decide to storm the castle (a la The Princess Bride) turn to page 10…

If you decide to wait and see what is on the other side of the golden door, turn to page 6 …

After the reader made their choice, the plot thickened and they were led on a whirlwind adventure through mystical, fantasy worlds … that is if they made it to the end of the book in one piece rather than suffering an untimely death at the hands of a deceptive wizard or a deadly dragon.

Now, in this day of multi-media where just about EVERYTHING is going digital, you can now PLAY these Choose Your Own Adventure Books on your iPod. The characters even have Twitter accounts!

Recalling the actual books, I started thinking about what life would look like today if we had the ability to flip through the pages (or scroll ahead to the future) and choose what the best path would be for each of us, what decisions are the right ones?  

* What would Michael Jackson have done if he knew his trusted doctor was going to administer a lethal dose of Propofol?

* Would Fox News have thought long and hard before giving the very vocal and outspoken Glenn Beck (who announced that he believes our current president is a “racist”) his own show and losing tons of advertisers?

* Would Lindsay Lohan think twice about turning down Heather Graham’s role in Hangover and instead taking a role on Labor Pains?

* Would John and Kate have rethought EVERYTHING (I don’t even know where to begin with them)?

* Would the octomom have pondered the fact that even with all of that plastic surgery, she would never look quitre like the real Angelina Jolie, but more like a twist between Angie and the Cat Lady?

How would you do things differently if you had all the answers?

Just some things to ponder.

I think that having the option to see into the future could definitely be helpful in some cases (like in one of my favorite shows Medium, where Patricia Arquette’s character, Allison Dubois, sees the future and past in her dreams and uses them to solve crimes and save people). That seems like it would be a very exciting  job; never a dull moment I’m sure (Although I would undoubtedly be a little uneasy if dead people kept popping up in my everyday life in unexpected places and inopportune times).

However, I also think it may be better to just live life and relish in the excitment of what each new day will bring.

I know it sounds cliche, but I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.

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One Response to “Choosing All Of Your Own Adventures … Good Choice or Bad?”

  1. LKP August 25, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    OMG–I looooved these books. However, I couldn’t STAND not knowing everything that might happen, so I would try all the different possibilities and have all my fingers jammed into different pages trying to hold the place, bookmarks here and there-it got to be quite exhausting! I wanted to know it ALL!

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