Choose Your Own Adventure: Hamlet!
If you are at all a fan of comics, or have a child who is, you have likely heard of Ryan North, writer of the hilarious comic book series, Adventure Time , the wildly popular Dinosaur Comics and perhaps even the #1 best-selling Amazon short story anthology Machine of Death .
North had an idea for a new project, a take-off on the beloved children’s series Choose Your Own Adventure, wherein the reader can select different paths for different characters. Each path leads to a radically different ending for the character and for the story.
Why not apply the same idea to the Bard? North mused. He took his idea to Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing site which funds creative projects. North made his goal of raising $20,000 in three and a half hours, made six times his goal in a week, and now the project has accrued $580,905.
Here’s an idea of what you can do with North’s adventurous Hamlet (from The Guardian):
Readers will be able to opt to Hamlet (“an emo teen in his early 30s”), Ophelia (“She’s got a +1 science stat, but she’s also got a -1 weakness against water”) or the King, Hamlet’s father, “who (SURPRISE) dies on the first page and becomes a ghost. And then we make fun of you for dying on the first page, but you can become a ghost and must INVESTIGATE YOUR OWN MURDER that you TOTALLY SLEPT THROUGH because you got SLEEPY IN AN ORCHARD. (“Shakespeare wrote this part,” said North.)
So what are you waiting for?