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Viewer Experience podcast Ep. 9: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch wants to take away your choice

On this week's episode: 'Bandersnatch' and choose-your-own-adventure narratives

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch isn’t just the latest episode of Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed Black Mirror anthology series, it’s also a visual novel that represents one of the most public Netflix experiments ever deployed.

The film tells the story of a young programmer who finds himself in a strange reality loop while attempting to build a choose-your-own-adventure video game based on a fictional choose-your-own-adventure novel called Bandersnatch.

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This week, MobileSyrup reporter Sameer Chhabra speaks with MobileSyrup managing editor Patrick O’Rourke and staff reporter/video producer Shruti Shekar about Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.

Later in the episode, Mike MacDonald, an author of the Choose Your Own Misery series of choose-your-own-adventure novels (and a former colleague of MobileSyrup‘s own Patrick O’Rourke), speaks about what it’s like writing narratives that depend on continuous reader input.

Do you have questions, comments, thoughts, or anything you would like addressed on the podcast? Do you have any recommendations or suggestions for which movies we should discuss next? Send us an email to sameer@mobilesyrup.com.

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