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If you've ever wanted to be in control of the storyline of a Netflix show, now's your chance. The streaming service has announced two shows where you the viewer decides what happens next: 'Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale' and 'Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile'.

Both are described as 'branching narrative episodes' that feature interactive storytelling. In other words, just like those choose your own adventure books, you choose from a series of options to determine how the story proceeds.

According to Netflix, its internet-based nature allows it to experiment with new forms like this.

"Content creators have a desire to tell non-linear stories like these, and Netflix provides the freedom to roam, try new things and do their best work," Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, director of product innovation at Netflix, wrote in a blog post.

"Being an internet-based company enables us to innovate new formats, deliver at scale to millions of members all over the world on multiple device types and, most importantly, learn from it."

Both shows are aimed at kids. Netflix says it has done extensive research and spoken to lots of kids and parents alike. Kids' shows are the ideal place to start with this form, Netflix says, because kids are eager to 'play' with their favourite characters and are already inclined to interact with screens.

'Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale' launched globally yesterday, while 'Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile' is coming on 14th July. Both are special episodes of the existing Netflix series 'Puss in Boots' and 'Buddy Thunderstruck'.

A third branching narrative show, 'Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout', will land next year.

Source: Netflix

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