You stumble across a new post from Candy on Smart Bitches. Marvelling at her impeccable grammar and foul-mouthed erudition, you suddenly realize this is a post about Fighting Fantasy gamebooks. What do you say to yourself?
- “Holy shit! Fighting Fantasy gamebooks! I remember those. They were even better than Choose Your Own Adventure!” Turn to paragraph 73.
- “What the hell is Fighting Fantasy? Or a gamebook? What kind of nerd vortex have I fallen into?” Turn to paragraph i.
You don’t know Fighting Fantasy novels? What about Choose Your Own Adventure books? Surely you know what THOSE are, right? Fine, so your childhood wasn’t as dorktastic as mine was. Here’s the Wikipedia article on Fighting Fantasy novels.
Now go check out this link, in which a very funny guy has Photoshopped some hilarious new titles on the books.
OK, so you didn’t necessarily need to know about Fighting Fantasy books to appreciate the comedy, but goddammit, it helps.
You are compelled by Candy to check out the new titles Chris Bird of mightygodking.com has Photoshopped on the covers of old Fighting Fantasy novels. In between gasping for breath and mopping off the beverage you’ve sprayed on the keyboard, you realize you owned many of these books as a kid, even if you can’t remember what they’re about any more, and you spend the rest of the day on eBay, seeing if you can snag a few cheap copies to re-read.