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Choose your own adventure story hits the streets of Vancouver

Those living near Main Street and 24th Avenue were given a special dose of fiction this past week with a local group taping up a live-action, choose your own adventure style story on bulletin boards and lampposts for active readers to follow.

The group known as the Action Fiction Project spent a couple days last weekend placing a fictional story created by Nicole Boyce around the Riley Park neighbourhood. But the kicker? How the story ended depended on where you walked to.

 Want to literally walk through a story? Then follow the path starting at Main Street and 24th Avenue.

Want to literally walk through a story? Then follow the path starting at Main Street and 24th Avenue.

Jaspal Marwah, project director of the Action Fiction Project, has worked with local residents and authours to create this one of a kind adventure.

Well, one of a kind for now, as there are many more planned for the summer and beyond.

An onlooker named Mike Lonson said at the first sign they wanted to take part as it was a fun idea, but couldn’t due to time.

“This is really, really cool though,” he said. “I’ll have to come back. There should be more of this kind of thing.”

The first part of the story titled The Raffle begins between Main Street and Ontario Street on 24th Avenue.

It starts with a stranger to the city having just moved from Brantford to Vancouver meandering through the unfamiliar streets. To continue with the story, you must follow the character as they make their way through the neighbourhood.

Part 1 on 24th Avenue leads to the corner of Ontario Street and 23rd Avenue. From there, the choices expand.

All in all there are five different endings, depending on the route you take.

This project was done in association with the Vancouver Public Space Network, a grassroots movement engaged in the advocacy, outreach and education on public space issues in Vancouver.

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