A writer adopts the Choose Your Own Adventure book format to write a story about a disastrous love affair:
“The answer, of course, is that you should dump Anne before it’s too late. But the absurd options the book gives ‘you’— later ‘choices’ include dueling with an Ant-Warrior, or attacking the Evil Power Master—simply highlight the completely screwed-up perspective of the co-dependent. When I was stuck in one of those terrible relationships, and friends told me it was time to break it off, I looked at them as if they were crazy—as if the options they were offering had so little to do with my actual situation they were functionally useless.
“You Are Very Cold, and This Feels Like an Adventure.” — Dan Kois, Slate
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