The other day I was looking through some of my things in the basement and I came upon a book I wrote in Grade Four. It’s a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure called “World War Three.” And it’s one of the few things that I hope to keep with me for the rest of my life.
Every time I look through it’s pages, I can’t help but smile. The theme is somewhat serious and there are some violent parts (hence its name), but there’s an innocence about it, also. I like the choices that you (as the reader) have to make and the way the story develops based on those choices. I like the characters and the drawings. But, more than anything, I like that I wrote it at nine years old.
I’m not going to bore you with the whole story because I’m sure that most of it is enjoyable only to myself and a few close friends and family. But, there are a few pages that I’m going to put up. They’re definitely the ones I find most interesting.
Judging by the front cover, you can tell that there’s going to be a lot of violence in the story. And there is. As the reader, you might fall down a hole to your death or get blown up. At one point, a monster comes and hits you on the head, then throws you over its shoulder and takes you away. But, that isn’t all there is to the story. There are moral dilemmas that you are faced with and characters who help you out.
I love the choice that you have to make here. Your friend likes to play war while you don’t. But, instead of having to deal with that, you’re faced with the choice between eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a ham and cheese one! Oh, the moral dilemma! I guess that’s how a nine year old thinks.
I wonder how much time I spent coming up with this character’s name. Then, at the end of it all, I knew that no one was going to be able to pronounce it, so I gave her a shortened version. It’s true that this shortened version sounds nothing like the original, but that makes me love it all that much more!
I’m not really sure why, but I like this page a lot. I know that it’s short and there isn’t much to it. The drawing is a bit simple, too (I guess they all are). But, there’s something about it. Maybe it’s just the spontaneity of it. Or maybe it’s something deeper – something which involves the choice between fighting to get back something that belongs to me or moving on to something new. Either way, I like it.
This is a pretty good ending, I think. It involves Layromy (the beautiful female lead – don’t you remember her picture?) and a Time Machine (how can you go wrong?)! Plus, it leaves the door open to a Part Two. Looks like I was ahead of the “series” game. Hmmm…maybe I even have a new project on my hands.
All right, I’m going to end it here because, like I said before, this probably only means a lot to me. But, I wanted to share it, anyway. Thanks.