The line “To be or not to be” appeared in an episode of Gilligan’s Island that the children were watching, so Juss wanted to know what it meant. I told him just a little about it, including the fact that Hamlet was a play by Shakespeare, where everyone dies and As You Like It was a play by Shakespeare where everyone gets married.
Juss declared that he was going to write his own version of Hamlet where there was a lot of killing but Hamlet had the magic power to resist anything, so he lives and gets married. He then went on to tell me about the sequels, which would involve Hamlet’s son. (Eventually, he changed Hamlet’s name to Nicky, his favorite name. He names everything Nick or Nicky, but left the son’s name Hamlet.) The son, too, would have the magic power to recover from anything.
Book Four, in which Hamlet fought super villains, would be called: Hamlet and the Dark Side.