WHAT IS THE BOY IN THE BOOK!?
This is a good question! Some people have called it a documentary, some refer to it as a game, and others see it as a book. You can make up your own mind, but it’s always a true story adventure that you control by the choices you make.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THE BOY IN THE BOOK?
As The Boy in the Book has so many choices there is no exact answer. It all depends on the paths you take and how much you want to explore. There are 10 chapters and they will usually take between 5-12 minutes to complete - so you can experience the story in one sitting, or come back to it over a few sessions.
HOW DO I SAVE MY PROGRESS?
As long as you are using the same device and the same browser to access The Boy in the Book, your progress will always be automatically saved. Just click on ‘Continue Story’ when you return to the site and it will pick things up from where you left off (If you delete your browser history, all progress will be lost). To restart the story from the beginning, just click on ‘New Story’.
HOW MANY ENDINGS ARE THERE?
There are six endings in total - good luck finding them all!
CAN I GO BACK AND EXPERIENCE DIFFERENT PATHS WITHOUT RESTARTING FROM THE BEGINNING?
Yes, every choice you make is saved in your chat stream. To choose differently, click on a previous choice and confirm that you want to rewind - but doing this will erase all of your progress after this point.
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS TO THE BOY IN THE BOOK?
We haven’t set any age restrictions but there is infrequent profanity in the videos and chat stream.
WHAT SETTINGS CAN I CHANGE?
Clicking on the cog icon in the bottom right of the screen will allow you to choose subtitles for all videos, set your reading speed, enter/exit full-screen mode, and turn on/off all music and sound effects.
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The Boy in the Book is a creation by Nathan Penlington, Fernando Gutierrez De Jesus, Sam Smaïl, and Nick Watson.
It tells the true story of the discovery of a lost diary hidden inside a Choose Your Own Adventure book and the attempt to unravel its many mysteries. In the spirit of adventure, the creators went on a journey with multiple stories and multiple endings – but unlike the books in which the diary was found, this isn’t fiction...
Nor is it an ordinary documentary, as it’s YOU who chooses the path this story takes. Part film, part game, and part memoir, The Boy in the Book is a unique and compelling interactive experience in which you play the most important role.
Filmed over two years, and with thousands of possible versions, every play-through brings its own new experience. There is no correct path, and choices have different repercussions that can lead to very different conclusions. Will you ever find the author of the diary? And who will you meet along the way - a self-help guru, a sword-swallower, a seaside arcade owner, or some ghosts from Nathan’s past?
The Boy in the Book has been commissioned by arts organisation The Space, and is an adaptation of the award-winning live show Choose Your Own Documentary. It has been developed in collaboration with digital studio Joi Polloi, and illustrated by Jonathan Wilkinson.
Here are some of the things people had to say about the live show:
"A love letter to the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' books and a directive to live actively and make choices" - The New York Times
"Deeply nostalgic and dazzlingly modern" - The Independent
"An awkward, unusual, tender story about what it is to be awkward and unusual" – The Times
"A deeply moving testimony to the small choices we all make in our lives and the profound effects they can have" - The Scotsman
"That rare creature, a truly lovely show" - Evening Standard
"A uniquely immersive and human experience" – Evnt
"It wouldn’t surprise me if there’s a cult lurking in some sodden Welsh valley, drinking Tizer, eating Penguin biscuits and devoting themselves to following the path of ‘Choosing Wisely’" - Geekocracy
"Funny, heart-warming, and utterly bizarre – there’s very few people today pushing the envelope of stand-up, performance and documentary making quite like this" - We Heart
Choose Your Own Documentary is a unique live experience. Combining intimate spoken word, documentary film, and an audience armed with remote controls. The result is an immersive, compelling, and surprising piece of theatre.
The show was co-commissioned by Southbank Centre, London, and premiered in full at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it went on to win the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First Award for outstanding new writing and innovation.
It received its first full London run with a two-week sell-out residency at the Soho Theatre. Rave reviews in the national UK press and sell-out shows ensured its return later in the year.
It has been an official selection at Tribeca Film Festival and Sheffield Doc/Fest, receiving nominations for the Storyscapes Transmedia Award and Sheffield Innovation Award respectively.
It has since been covered as part of BBC’s flagship technology programme, Click, featured in the New York Times, and been a Time Out Critic’s Choice.
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Published by Headline books The Boy in the Book narrates another version of the story, one which focuses on the nature of obsession and the emotional impact of answering Terence’s cry for help. The result is part-memoir, part-quixotic adventure, as Nathan faces his own childhood demons with humour and honesty.
The Boy in the Book is a story about the dark places that can exist in any childhood, the sanctuary to be found in books, and what can happen if you actively choose a different path.
Available in all good book shops.
The following formats are also available through Amazon around the world:
Paperback - click here.
Kindle - click here.
Unabridged audiobook narrated by Nathan - click here.