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Choose Your Own Wookie

Gamebook News, one of the gamebook blogs I follow, rounded up a budding Star Wars CYOA series beginning with A Han & Chewie Adventure. The series is named “Choose Your Destiny”; if that sounds like too good a series title to be true, that’s because it was, indeed, already taken by an old series of teen angst CYOA stories. Besides no longer being about teen life, the purloined series title is made doubly inappropriate by not being about the eponymous you at all; your choices decide Han Solo’s destiny in this third-person tome, not your own.

It caught my attention, however, because the author and illustrator were interviewed at StarWars.com about the process of writing a gamebook—as it turned out—with no experience. The tie-in and illustration angles are, perhaps, more informative.