YMMV: Choose Your Own Adventure

  • Ass Pull: On a few occasions, the good and bad endings came out of nowhere.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Some of the good endings merely consisted in the main character surviving, or stopping the Big Bad temporally. Others were way too open and ambiguous.
  • Narm: Happens sometimes in some of the books, due a poor choice of words for the endings, weird descriptions and strange illustrations.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Many, many of the "death ending" illustrations, especially considering that these books were written for a young audience. As if the detailed description of your demise wasn't gruesome enough. A good sampling of some of them can be found here.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: See the Nightmare Fuel entry above. Despite being aimed at kids, the series had lots and lots of Family-Unfriendly Violence.