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Adventure Time: Hamlet as rendered by Ryan North

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2012

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From Allison Flood, The Guardian:

A choose-your-own-adventure version of Hamlet featuring jokes, ghosts and the previously unseen pirate fight scene, has raised more than six times its goal on Kickstarter in less than a week.

Ryan North, a Canadian comic book writer, launched his appeal on 21 November. In three-and-a-half hours it had raised its goal of $20,000 (£12,500), and today is at almost $150,000 and counting. His version of Hamlet will be called To Be Or Not To Be, and will be an illustrated, chooseable-path adventure story.

In this strange age, one of the good things to emerge is the entrepreneurship that Kickstarter aims to nurture. For a few dollars, you can buy into a venture ranging from an RFID-proof card caddy to dice rings and a silicone baking mat.

Ryan North wants to re-write Hamlet in accessible language, which one can experience from the viewpoint of various characters. While I don’t think he gets the concept of venture capital (investor rewards seem to be mostly psychic), it sounds like a product I would buy… and think would be a blockbuster as as a video game.

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