As a romance reader, I have certain expectations. I expect a romance to be built between a compatible couple whose journey to their happily ever (or happy for now) both interests and intrigues me. I want to be swept away by the author’s skill and submerged into their imagination. I want to be entertained. I want to be stimulated and titillated.
I don’t want to have to work for it.
Lately, the buzz in the literary community is interactive romances. Interactive stories in general are not a new concept. As a child, I loved the Choose Your Own Adventures stories. By your own choices you were given numerous stories and endings. I enjoyed the ability to pick and choose my own (or the hero's) fate. The appeal of interactive stories is while you are given the beginning storyline, you are essentially put in charge of the character(s), choosing their fate using props and choices given by the author.
Dream Your Own Romance and Make Your Own Romance are two series of interactive teen romances written in the '80s. With such titles as Summer Love and Winning at Love, readers are able to make choices throughout the books that address life choices and romance.