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The greatest work IN English literature, now in the greatest format OF English literature: a chooseable-path adventure!
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Ryan North

15,352 backers pledged $580,905 to help bring this project to life.

I have started work on the sequel!

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If you missed out on the Kickstarter and looking to buy To Be or Not To Be, the book is out now! You can get the book at your local bookstore, on Amazon, on B&N, from Breadpig - basically... everywhere only the finest of books are sold? Hamletbook.com has more information!  You should click this link right now is what I'm saying!

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Sequel Time!

I promised during the Kickstarter I would do a sequel, and I've been working on that for a bit. I didn't want to write a literal sequel to To Be or Not To Be (so many endings to choose from!) so this sequel is taking the form of another Shakespeare play delightfully upgraded to the choose-your-own-path format. I'm only about 10,000 words in, but here's a six-second Vine on Youtube announcing the title so you can start getting excited for something in - 2014, hopefully?? THE TITLE IS KINDA SPOILED BY THE IMAGE PREVIEW AND VIDEO TITLE BUT TRY TO ACT SURPRISED:

ROMEO AND/OR JULIET, I'M GONNA MAKE IT SO BADASS, WHAT WHAAAAAAAT

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    1. Creator Lisa on September 22, 2013

      OH man, I second Jon. MSND would be the PERFECT play to do for choose-your-path adventure! Plus, a comedy would be fun to do after a tragedy. But R&J will also be fun!

    2. Creator Margolotte on September 17, 2013

      Wow. Yes. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Like As You Like It and Taming of the Shrew and Lear.

    3. Creator Moritz Schubert on September 12, 2013

      @Richard: Breaking up Lovecraft's standard format (enthusiastic scholar of knowledge humanity is not meant to know and his somewhat reluctant assistant try to accomplish a horrific task which leads to the demise of the scholar and the instituzionalization of the assistant) in the form of a "choose your own adventure" novel would be so much fun!

      However, Ryan should work in whatever project excites him most, because that will result in the best possible product.

    4. Creator Richard Luijten on September 11, 2013

      I can't help but think it might be cooler if you'd venture outside of Shakespear to other amazing writers.. Imagine a choose your own advent..I mean 'path' book for Lovecraft, Poe, Clarke or Herbert.. I would back something like that like the fist of the North Star.

    5. Creator Nora Khatcherian on September 11, 2013

      This is so exciting! I would love for there to be a King Lear edition. Who doesn't love crazy old guys?

    6. Creator Ryan Huff on September 11, 2013

      I vote that McBeth be your next Shakespearean redo. As it's short and AWESOME. Just saying. I'm very excited for R&J though too, it's my next favorite book by good ol' Billy S., thanks for doing this. You're my hero.

    7. Creator Rachel Kelly on September 10, 2013

      YESSSSS AHHHH YESSSS

      we have had audience participation party readings of TBONTBTITA (uwahaha can we all agree on this acronym pls??) and they were both amazingly received as the book got passed around for more and more people to read aloud!

      SO GOOD MR NORTH!

    8. Creator Brenda Holloway on September 10, 2013

      Mercutio lives!

    9. Creator safyrejet on September 10, 2013

      Oh yay! Coming probably in 2014, hmm, that'll help. Maybe by 2014 I'll be less poor and I could actually put in for a totally awesome hardcover version of R &/or J. Oh you know what would be sweet. Do a run of super cute stuffed poison vials for R &/or J. The stuffed skulls were pretty sweet with this KS, I wish I could have bought one.

    10. Creator sinisterandroid on September 10, 2013

      Aw, so it's not based on Hamlet 2?

      ... probably for the best.

    11. Creator Steffan on September 10, 2013

      Yeah, do R+J and then just keep working through the complete works of Shakespeare. The Bard would be proud.

    12. Creator Susan Jenkins on September 10, 2013

      Hi Ryan, GREAT idea but please do not forget the wisdom and literary criticism offered by those star-crossed lovers, Tony and Stephanie, in the immortal film “Saturday Night Fever:”

      Stephanie: We saw Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet".

      Tony: "Romeo and Juliet"? I read that in high school. That's Shakespeare, right?

      Stephanie: No, it's Zeffirelli, the director of the movie. You know, the movie?

      Tony: “What I never understood about "Romeo and Juliet" is why Romeo took the poison so quick. I feel like he could have waited, y/know.”

      Stephanie: “It's the way they took poison in those days. Quick.”

      So, maybe, in YOUR Romeo and/or Juliet, Romeo could have the option of maybe taking the poison not so quick this time, y/know?

      Thanks, Ryan, again for another amazing idea.

    13. Creator Jon Uzel on September 10, 2013

      Aww, I was hoping for some Midsummer Nights Dream action :(

      Still sound cool though.

    14. Creator Sleet on September 10, 2013

      Ahh, gotcha! Thanks for the update, Ryan.

      And is it safe to assume that Romeo and/or Juliet will be on Kickstarter, too, complete with crazy-awesome stretch goals?

    15. Creator Scout Sock-Monkey on September 10, 2013

      I request the inclusion of aliens. You have gotta get some aliens in there somewhere. Even it is simply a random ending. Something like, "You kiss Juliet. Her lips taste of tangy cherry gloss. You break apart, look up to the rainbow that brought the kiss and see a large light breaking through the bow. It approaches the earth at an undeniably world-altering speed. It pauses. It is an orb. A floating reflective orb. A slot appears and a protrusive arm seems to extend. It is as if a heavenly body is pointing you out, as if your kiss has brought a blessing upon the earth. Suddenly, a bright light shoots from the arm and instantly, Juliet is a pile of dust. Before your eyes have chance to blink, you to are a pile of rusty, moist dust, mixing with hers as the wind blows you into destiny." Or something like it.

    16. Creator Ryan North on September 10, 2013

      Sleet: We're still waiting for some surveys from people so we haven't released the extra hardcovers yet!
      Richard: Probably this book will be launched on Kickstarter, yeah! I mean this one went PRETTY well, I GUESS.

    17. Creator Abilash Pulicken on September 10, 2013

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    18. Creator Sleet on September 10, 2013

      Another must buy, from the sound of it! Can't wait to see what those wacky Capulets and Montagues get into.
      I seem to recall that there was some chance of a few hardcover books being available for those of us who weren't bright enough to get them in the first place. Is that still a thing, or did you not end up having spares after all?

    19. Creator Pablo Soares on September 10, 2013

      Dude I am in like donkey king! Let's do it.

      Also, I'm following the real(er) events on TBONTB:TITA and I don't know how this Shakespeare guy can get such a high praise from everyone. Hamlet is just the dumbest dude ever ever.

    20. Creator Emma Barnes on September 10, 2013

      AWESOME!!!! I forgot this was potentially going to be a thing. I am having so much fun with To Be or Not to Be that.... YES I WILL BACK THAT

    21. Creator Ryan North on September 10, 2013

      Chelsea - the last 400 skulls are still coming! We haven't got them in yet. I'll post when we have them in!

    22. Creator Nicole Maunsell on September 10, 2013

      I AM SO HERE FOR THIS

    23. Creator Chelsea on September 10, 2013

      Have all of the Yorick skulls shipped at this point? Or are the last 400 still coming?

    24. Creator tracy woodard on September 10, 2013

      Woo sequel! Can there be a DeathRace 2000 ending where Friar Lawrence plows through Verona in a monster truck?

    25. Creator Adam Luter on September 10, 2013

      Zombies? Verona in the Renaissance, major trade hub, Roman city. I am hesitant to add Zombies. How about Chinese assassins (instead of Ninjas)? (Although the word assassin was only a few hundred years old, and from the Crusades). How about steam-punk? How about Leonardo Effen Da Vinci cameo?

    26. Creator Knightess Jenney on September 10, 2013

      I'm in for a choosable adventure with our favorite star crossed lovers... Though we might need some ninja assassins or at least a few zombies...

    27. Creator Richard Sheldon on September 10, 2013

      Will this be another KickStarter campaign?

    28. Creator Felicia Christabel on September 10, 2013

      Count me in too! Sick video btw ;-D

    29. Creator nin on September 10, 2013

      Sequel?! Hell yes, I'm in! Let us know when the page goes live!

    30. Creator Chelsea on September 10, 2013

      That vine *is* pretty badass.