Dude! You won’t believe this! An interactive novel updates the world’s most awesome romance with new characters, plotlines, slang, puzzles, illustrations, and a cookie recipe.
The best way to explain how this “choose your own path” rendition of Shakespeare’s hoary old play works is to show you. This, for example, is section No. 155: “You look up to the balcony. A light is on inside! 'But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?' you whisper.…A naked old dude steps out from the light onto the balcony.…His naughty bits are dangling in the breeze....'AW GROSS, I THINK THAT’S HER DAD,' you say, moving away to investigate another balcony. 'NICE WEEN THOUGH.' " Then you choose one of these options: “Examine the nearby stone balcony: turn to 109” or “Examine some other balcony instead: turn to 167." If you choose 109, you’ll be seeing a wrinkled old lady in a nightgown—her mom. If you choose 167, you’ll find the superhot mega-babe you met at that party last night. Then you make another choice, and so it goes, flipping back and forth through the book, until you come to one of more than a hundred different endings, each featuring an illustration by a dream team of cartoonists. You can choose to be Romeo or Juliet—TEAM MONTAGUE or TEAM CAPULET—and depending on your choices, you may go to brunch with Benvolio at The Merchant of Breakfast, visit Ophelia in Denmark, or trade dumb sex puns with Mercutio…and you don’t necessarily have to die in the end! One of the options is to actually become Juliet’s glove—though sadly, “gloves are not capable of sentient thought.” North, who funded the first of these books (To Be or Not To Be, 2013) with a Kickstarter, has scattered the entire text of the play among the 474 numbered sections.
“Seems pretty cool!” according to a high school sophomore, surely the target market for these high jinks.