Don’t fight your children’s fantasy

I thought this an interesting post on fantasy, children’s lit, and unfounded prejudice, so here it is. Who remembers these books?

The Intergalactic Writers Guild

Fighting Fantasy books by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone

In 1983 a new craze spread through Britain’s children (mostly the boys). It was a range of books called Fighting Fantasy by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Based loosely on the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons that had taken the US by storm, the books differed in that they were for just one player/reader and they covered a much wider range of adventures and settings than the role-playing games did. The idea was simple. It was a book where you started reading and after a few pages you were given a choice. Did you want to go north or south? Ask the wizard for advice or not? Fight the monster or run away? Each choice would be accompanied by a page number which you would then turn to and continue reading. So you read the book by constantly moving from one page to another in a non-linear way. The aim…

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