Enjoy the Nasty Parts of “Choose Your Own Adventure” Books at “You Chose Wrong”

The Retroist community’s love for Choose Your Own Adventure-style books is well-documented. I think one of the things I liked so much about them was how dark some of them could be. While most of the “fail state” pages let the reader (who was likely a kid) down pretty easily, some where outright morbid. You’re innocently exploring a jungle cavern with your best friend, when suddenly cannibals turn you into a human pincushion with poison arrows. After I finished one of these types of books, I usually made it a point to go back and see how many ways to die I had missed along the way. Perhaps it was a mixture of smug satisfaction at avoiding them and morbid curiosity.

(I know, I know. Why did do they keep letting me post on this site?)

Well, now that we’re grown-ups, we can get right to the “good” parts thanks to a new Tumblr called “You Chose Wrong.” It catalogs the most gruesome and weird deaths we put ourselves through as kids while reading CYOA-style books. So go check it out, and reassure me that I wasn’t the only weird kid who liked reading this stuff.


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