Back in the day, we all loved choose-your-own-adventure books. These stories allowed you to pick from multiple circumstances and outcomes along the way, and were definitely popular among young readers (and they still are, with those who like adult reads that are similar to kid-lit). That’s why we were so thrilled by non-linear movies and why we’re freaking out over the fact that you can enjoy the same drama-navigating fun with Netflix’s new interactive shows.
Rolling out the feature on July 14, Netflix is starting with two kids’ shows, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile. “The children’s programming space was a natural place for us to start since kids are eager to ‘play’ with their favorite characters and already inclined to tap, touch and swipe at screens,” Netflix said in a press release, according to Mashable.
“They also talk to their screens, as though the characters can hear them. Now, that conversation can be two-way. It’s really about finding the right stories — and storytellers — that can tell these complex narratives and bring them to life in a compelling way.”
While we’ll totally admit that we’re also apt to talk to the characters on screen every once in a while (have you NOT screamed, “Oh, girl, no!” at various drama-filled series?!), for now it’ll be the kiddos who get to guide their fave fictional friends through adventures whenever an option pops up that offers two different possibilities. Merely tapping the screen or using a remote allows your little one (or you) to pick the path they want to take. So very cool!
We can’t wait until Netflix tries this out on a Pretty Little Liars-esque series. Or maybe Riverdale or Stranger Things. We can think of so many possibilities!
What you do think about Netflix’s new interactive shows? Would you like to see adult versions? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t Mashable; photo via McCredie/Getty)