To Be or Not to Be
by Ryan North
"To Be or Not To Be" is a gamebook retelling of "Hamlet" by "New York Times" best-selling author Ryan North. The reader can play as Hamlet, Ophelia, ... Show synopsis "To Be or Not To Be" is a gamebook retelling of "Hamlet" by "New York Times" best-selling author Ryan North. The reader can play as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet, sticking closely to the Shakespeare's plot or exploring alternative possibilities that are filled with puzzles, humor, and surreal conclusions. Each ending in the book is accompanied by a full-color, full-page illustration by 65 different artists, so each rereading yields new surprises and rewards. Author Ryan North's prose is, as always, colloquial and familiar but full of clever references, vivid imagination, and his unique style of humor. Clever devices like a gamebook-within-a-gamebook (to mirror Hamlet's play-within-a-play) take full advantage of the gamebook medium and livens up the original story for even the most disinterested Shakespeare readers. The crowdfunding campaign for "To Be or Not to Be" generated over $580,000 from over 15,000 backers in just a month. The book is still the number-one most funded project in the Publishing category on Kickstarter.com.