Gamebooks on the Rise?

These are good days to be a gamebook fan, it would seem. Just a couple of days ago, I noticed that the forthcoming American reprints of the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks are starting to show up in major online bookstores, and this morning, an informant let me know that Troll is reprinting Carol Gaskin’s entertaining Forgotten Forest series. On a whim, I went over to Barnes & Noble and typed “plot your own” into the keyword search box. Minutes later, my shopping cart was brimming over with recently published and forthcoming works of interactive fiction: six Rollercoaster Tycoon books, four Gameboy spin-offs, a pair of Miss Adventure novels, and a trio of Scream Shop interactive horror tales. I suspect that most of these are simple pick-a-paths rather than full-fledged gamebooks, but it’s nonetheless exciting. I hope this is a trend that keeps growing!