Choose Your Own Hamlet Adventure?!

I’m not making this up. Check this out. Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a choose-your-own-path book. With lots and lots of illustrations.

I really love Hamlet, and I also really love parodies of Hamlet. This sounds kinda awesome.

…unlike Shakespeare I didn’t skip over the pirate scene in Hamlet.  You get to fight PIRATES.  With SWORDS.  And yes OF COURSE you can choose which body part you cut off.  Why would you write a book where you can’t do that is my question.

This book will allow you to play (in RPG-style, it sounds like) as either Hamlet, Ophelia, or old King Hamlet–

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, I can’t help it.)

Check out the video below:

You can find more and even sign up here.

Remember WENN

I have mentioned that I love the cruelly-murdered series Remember WENN, and their take on Hamlet — Dashiell Hamlet! — is worth mentioning.

Recommended:

  Anna Russell made a 1950s career of making jovial fun of opera and its culture. She here presents the opera Vivaldi never wrote, Hamletto, or Prosciuttino. Her explanation of Ophelia’s character is priceless.

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