It’s finally here! After a great collection of behind-the-scenes looks, set pictures, and a resounding approval by John Green, the Fault In Our Stars trailer arrived on Wednesday.

As much as I enjoyed all of the excitement (the name of the book/film was a top trending topic on Twitter), I was also reminded of the book itself: not as something to recommend or promote, as I’ve been happy to do, but as a story.

When I first got my hands on The Fault In Our Stars (TFiOS), I knew it was special. It made me laugh, it made think, it made me question, wonder, and re-define my views on death. A book like that doesn’t come along every day. I soaked it in as long as I could, discussing and suggesting and rereading. But there’s nothing quite like that first experience of reading a book, as all book lovers know. That experience, that wonderful, thoughtful, perspective-changing experience, is guaranteed only once per book.

Luckily for us, cultural phenomenons like The Fault in Our Stars don’t have a monopoly on the book business. The New York Times bestseller list (and many others!) hold many wonderful books. I’ve done my fair share of reading, and I found a few that helped me fill the TFiOS void with thoughtful commentary on the heavy topics of life and death.

1. ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’

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This one’s been on the “must-read” shelf in nearly every bookstore I’ve been in for years. For a while, I refused to pick it up, mistaking it for a breakup story. My eventual insight into the book’s true content (i.e. reading the display at the library) pushed me to give it a try, and I’m so very glad I did.

The book is narrated by Clay, a teenage boy, but its true main character is his friend and classmate, Hannah Baker. When the story begins, Hannah is dead; she committed suicide weeks before. But she left something behind: Thirteen audio tapes that Clay one day finds at his door. Thirteen reasons why she died.

The reader sees the night Clay listens to the tapes. It alternates between Clay’s voice and that of a disembodied Hannah’s. This mode of storytelling is both clever and incredibly interesting. It allows for multiple perspectives on Hannah’s experience, but also gives the reader the strange experience of listening to a story along with an in-canon character. Often, I found myself reacting one way while Clay, holding previous knowledge, reacted another.

As I read, I felt like I was benefiting from two different sides of the book: the engaging and clever storytelling, and the thoughts and questions it had to offer. Hannah tells the story having already given up, and Clay listens to it carrying the burden of knowing that he can do nothing about it. He finds out more and more about the people he thought he knew, and discovers just the impact you can have on another person. Hannah describes her own example of the domino effect of others actions, giving a new perspective to both Clay and the reader. It brings up a lot of important questions. How do we know people? Do we really know them at all? Many of Clays reactions were insightful. As is the book on the whole: insightful, poignant, shocking, and sad.

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2. ‘Before I Fall’

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This book is another combination of unique storytelling and an underlying theme of death. Written by Lauren Oliver, author of the Delirium series, the novel adheres to a Groundhog Day style of storyline. After the death of the narrator, Sam, she wakes up again, shocked not only to find herself alive, but in the previous morning. As time passes, she realizes that she is stuck in a loop, and the resulting decisions make for a thrill of a story. Each time her day is relived, she changes in successive subtle ways, until I could look back at a few days of story and find an incredible character arc.

That’s the true power of this novel: the characters. The way Sam reacts to each of them and the ways in which those reactions develop are incredibly powerful. As she finds out more and more about what people were thinking and doing on that day, she begins to get the full story, and uses that knowledge to her advantage. This frustrating cycle makes for a very complex internal struggle. How she wants to act changes, but the events of the day (and her death) don’t.

Though not an original plot device, Oliver utilizes it in the best of ways. The day stays the same, but the girl changes. Her experience with, and desire to avoid death pervade her thoughts in the novel, and it’s that fact, rather than the fact of the repetition, that lead her to act the way she does. It’s an infuriating loop, trying to change things when they will inevitably repeat. As the story went on, I kept wanting to chime in with my own ideas of how the story should go. By the time it got to the end, I too, had learned a thing or two.

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3. John Green’s other books

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If you find yourself more attracted to John Green’s style than the themes of TFiOS, this will be a pretty obvious choice. If you can separate your associations from TFiOS, I suggest Looking for Alaska (Amazon). It’s somewhat similar in the depth of the questions it tackles, but the story itself is wildly different.

Paper Towns (Amazon) is less similar, and brings up insightful questions while challenging storytelling tropes and ideas about teenagers in a very self-aware way. He also wrote An Abundance of Katherines (Amazon), one of my favorites, and co-wrote Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Amazon). I can whole-heartedly recommend them all.

So there you have it, folks! Read away. By no means can you ever replicate that first TFiOS experience, but the power of all books still remains. Check them out while you wait to see the story on the big screen.

It’s no surprise that Hypable loves Broadway. We selected a few shows made us get in touch with our emotional side. We were hit with a lot more feelings than we bargained for.

Kristina: ‘Once’

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I saw Once at a very transitional time in my life. A junior in college living in New York City alone for the summer, I waited four hours one Saturday morning for a matinee rush ticket and ended up learning a lot more about the myself than the show.

My adoration for the show started not much earlier prior to that summer, I had heard “Falling Slowly” numerous times and saw the spoof of the show during the opening of the 2013 Tony’s, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. But nothing could prepare me for seeing the full musical.

Once is not a sung-through show, but the story is small and a portion of the dialogue is spoken in Czech. After the first song (“Leave”) I burst into tears at the beauty of the music — the guitar and the vocals evoked my favorite genre alt-indie — and didn’t stop for long before I started again.

There’s no big theatrics, the main character’s names are literally Guy and Girl, he’s an Irishman armed with a vacuum (he’s a Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy) and she’s a Czech woman living in Ireland trying to support her young daughter and help her family. They simply create good music together. Were this a rom-com, they’d end up together, and they do briefly flirt with this convention, but the show doesn’t go down this route, but rather their relationship remains platonic through the end of the show.

At intermission, I dried my eyes and made small talk with the woman at the merchandise stand. I asked if this show ever made her emotional and she told me she cried every time she say it (which, because she worked there part-time, was frequently). Whether she was telling the truth to make me feel better or lied as a part of a salesman’s tactic, I bought a $50 Once hoodie that would be ghastly anywhere but totally worth it to remember this experience.

That night, and for many more days and nights after, I played the Once soundtrack on repeat. Standouts such as “Leave,” “Gold” and “If You Want Me” totally buck the typical Broadway musical sounds and play more like a concert played in a small bar in Ireland.

Irvin: ‘Finding Neverland’

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I’ll ‘fess up: I’m a crier. I cry at a lot of shows (Wicked’s “For Good,” Mamma Mia’s “Slipping Through My Fingers,” all of Les Miz). But those are all dignified single-tear-on-the-cheek affairs, and then I feel good about having had a good cry. Finding Neverland was not like that.

Finding Neverland was, for lack of a better term, emotional terrorism. Having never seen the movie about J.M. Barrie and his inspiration for Peter Pan, I knew that it was probably sad, but I did not expect to be sobbing so much I almost had to leave the theatre. Having lost my dad at age ten, something in me was triggered by Peter’s reaction to losing his parents, and I pretty much lost it at “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground.” The musical, with its haunting melodies, perfectly captures the agony of losing a parent at a young age – how one’s entire world view is shattered by the realization that sometimes good people don’t get happy endings.

While I couldn’t relate to the other characters as well, not having been on the adult side of that painful situation, I could easily project their pain onto people I knew, so pretty much everything in the second act was setting me off. And the death scene was gorgeous, not done justice at the Tonys when Jennifer Hudson performed it out of context.

Finding Neverland is not a perfect show – there are some jarring tonal shifts, and the Act One closer is more bombastic than meaningful (“I need to be stronger! Stronger! Now I’m stronger! Stronger! Stronger!”). But in terms of emotional response elicited, it’s unmatched. I’d love to see it again… I just don’t think I can for a couple years.

Natalie: ‘Les Misérables’

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Are you really a Broadway fan unless you’ve interrupted yourself attempting to sing along to all the overlapping parts in “One Day More” at once? I think not. Given that I once wrote a 7000-word blog post reviewing Tom Hooper’s film version of this show, making this blurb concise is going to be one of the greatest trials of my life.

Les Misérables has been running consistently in London since it opened, but since the release of the 2012 film, the show has been revived worldwide, and I’ve seen it seven times on a Broadway-scale stage in the past few years. However, I first saw Les Miserables as a child, when it toured Australia in the ’90s, and I think I imprinted on it.

Over time, different aspects of the show have stood out to me in different ways — as a lovesick teen, I was all about Eponine and how unfair her plight was, as an adult fascinated by historical events I became filled with empathy for the naive revolutionaries, particularly the alcoholic skeptic Grantaire, who never believed their cause was worth dying for but loved his friends enough to die with them anyway.

My feelings about the show skyrocketed when I actually read Victor Hugo’s novel (despite the title, it’s actually got a light and lively tone, which makes the fact that everyone dies even worse, because they’re all so adorable and funny until they do) meaning that now, I watch it with the weight of 650,000 words of character development on my shoulders, examining the faces of the cast for glimpses of the rich inner lives of their characters.

My favorite character, from childhood to this day, remains Enjolras, and the reveal of his dead body, thrown over the barricade on his red flag, is, for me, one of the most powerful and evocative images in wider pop culture. Despite my changing opinion about the relationship between Eponine and Marius, “A Little Fall of Rain” still causes a fair amount of rain on my face whenever I see the show. But the real kicker is always Valjean’s final line, before the final heavenly chorus: “to love another person is to see the face of God.” I’ve never been religious, but perhaps, if this is how it’s done, I could be.

To me this show and its source material timelessly encapsulates humanity at its best and worst — everything you ever need to know about human nature, you’ll find it in Les Mis.

Donya: ‘Godspell’

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For those of you who know me, you will know that I am not a particularly religious person – brought up steeped in the traditional values of both Catholicism (the Roman kind) and Protestantism, I never really took to either in the strictest sense. Which is why it may come as a surprise for you to hear that Godspell is one of the most emotional Broadway (and musical) experiences I’ve ever had.

“Day by Day” had been a part of my life long before I knew its origins – a staple of morning assemblies and choir throughout my childhood. But it wasn’t until I entered Comprehensive School (the U.K. equivalent to High School) that I learned about Godspell as a whole, when it was chosen as that year’s production. Theologically, I was riveted by it, as it laid out the parables from the Gospel of Matthew (mostly, there are some from Luke too) in a way I had never seen before. Though it was more than just its Biblical origins.

Godspell, through its music, was a reminder of disparate people coming together in friendship and community, was about love in all of its forms, and forgiveness. It came to me at a time in my life when I struggled with where I fit in, and out of it came an understanding of who I am and wanted to be, but also some of my dearest and enduring friendships. It’s difficult to quantify the depth of emotion that Shwartz’s music and lyrics evoke in me, but it remains one of the most affecting shows in my life – it’s impossible for me to make it through the score with dry eyes.

I had the good fortune of being in New York during the run of its revival in 2012, and managed to get tickets to see it at the Circle in the Square theater. It was the perfect setting for the show, an intimate and immersive experience that I often think back on, as with minimal dressing to the stage the success of the show rested entirely on the shoulders of the performers – and, vocally, it was one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen. Not only that, but engaging the audience and having them join in during the intermission was a stroke of genius, and speaks to the core of the show – which is its community. Dancing with my friends on stage is a memory I’ll continue to cherish.

Though I’m still finding confetti in my clothes, years later.

Brittany: ‘Spring Awakening’

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Spring Awakening was the first Broadway show I saw alone in New York. I was 16, sitting in the audience watching the original Broadway cast undress each other, curse, commit suicide, and the process of illegal abortion. It was radical and extreme and I will never forget sitting there, multiple times, watching those performances.

Enter 2015 when Deaf West’s Spring Awakening revival returned to Broadway. It was not the same show that I saw when I was a junior in high school and I was not the same person sitting to see it in the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Spring Awakening is a hard story to tell. If the actors on stage do not trust one another, the story can quickly move from uncomfortable to unnerving. The cast, now comprised of both hearing and deaf actors, needed that trust more than ever to breathe life into this production.

Sandra Mae Frank, the lead deaf actress playing Wendla, at times had her lines sung by her backup voice, but mostly her story, that of a girl kept in the dark, was reflected just that way through her silence. The moments that were specifically chosen to be told in complete silence were perhaps the most striking of all. The scene between Moritz and his father, where the elder casts shame upon his son for embarrassing the family is told completely through ASL ending with a deafening door slam. I didn’t need to look at the words projected on the screen to know what was going on in the exchange and that is due to the actors incredible emotion poured into their delivery of their lines.

I went into this performance hoping to pass the story along to someone who had never seen the show before. Now my memories of the show no longer include Jonathan Groff, Lea Michele, or John Gallagher Jr. Their voices may be the ones I hear when I revisit the soundtrack, but the visuals are forever changed to watching the Deaf West cast silently cue each other to begin their story.

This article is a part of Hypable’s inaugural Broadway Week in celebration of the 2016 Tony nominations.

Another nail has just been placed through the cable box coffin: Hulu has just confirmed reports that they’re putting together a live TV service.

Speaking in front of advertisers on Wednesday morning, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said that live TV on Hulu is in the pipeline and will offer consumers a way to watch network and cable channels live via Hulu’s suite of apps.

Hopkins’ comments arrive on the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal which first revealed the streaming service’s plans. According to that report, ESPN, ABC, Disney, Fox News, FX are the first channels set to join Hulu’s live TV service. Hopkins didn’t confirm any channels during his presentation this morning.

When it launches, Hulu will likely have one of the best shots at making a live TV streaming service take off, and it may seriously disrupt the traditional cable box business. The only other major service currently offering live TV via streaming is Sling TV (with plans starting at $20/month), but unlike Hulu, Sling lacks brand recognition.

Over the past couple of years it’s been widely report that Apple has made several attempts at creating a live TV service like the one Hulu is trying to put together, but the iPhone maker has run into trouble striking deals with the various networks.

Hulu’s current packages allow consumers to watch TV shows from most of the major channels the day after they air on traditional television. Plans start at $7.99 per month.

For some fans, watching TV shows live is important so they can live tweet or discuss their shows elsewhere online immediately after they air. A live TV service from Hulu could cause many people to get rid of their traditional cable boxes, which tend to come saddled with bad user interfaces and extra fees.

Are you tentatively interested in Hulu’s live TV service?

The price of the service will be an important factor in how many people subscribe, of course. Hopefully it’s cheaper than most cable subscriptions.

What Jon Snow’s fate means for the future of ‘Game of Thrones’

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This week, Game of Thrones continued to create more questions out of answering others.

Now that we finally know for certain what we all predicted, it’s time to speculate how this will impact Game of Thrones going forward. Yes, of course I’m talking about Jon Snow’s resurrection.

There are larger implications for the future of the show besides the fact that Jon is an active character again. Aside from how different Jon himself might be, we also must consider what his presence means for other characters and plots.

First thing’s first, Melisandre is going to die. She has two things working against her. 1) She did her part in bringing Jon back, so her purpose is done. 2) She’s getting a sympathetic edit, and that never bodes well. Start preparing yourself now, because Melisandre doesn’t have long for this world. It is known (wait, no, wrong religion!).

Now let’s talk about Jon. What Jon Snow are we getting back ? Resurrection is not new to Westeros. Most recently we saw the Mountain brought back to life through ‘scientific’ methods, and he appears to be quite obedient. He’s mute and just does what he’s told, a mere killing machine (although, you could argue that’s all he was in life too).

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Then there’s Beric Dondarrion, resurrected by Thoros through magical means in more or less the same way as Jon. Though Thoros was adept at this feat (he’d done it enough times), every time Beric came back, he lost a bit of himself. Memories would go, and he seemed only capable of (re)living for a singular purpose: revenge.

This was Melisandre’s first attempt at bringing the dead back to life, so it’s possible she might have screwed up somewhere in the ritual, causing Jon to come back a little different from the Jon we know. Even if she did it perfectly, Jon is likely to be a changed man.

Having died, he has no Night’s Watch oaths to maintain, and seeking revenge on those who killed him would understandably be a high priority. We’ve known Jon to be more merciful than merciless, but will this be reversed after losing a part of himself in death?

And will Jon’s return impact other characters? Sansa is on her way to Castle Black, and after hearing what she has to say (assuming they actually do reunite), Jon will have more vengeance to seek. The Boltons have taken over his home and hurt his family, so it’s likely he’ll rally all he can to help him go after them.

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Back home in Winterfell, Ramsay is planning on storming Castle Black, and if he’d done it earlier, he just might have won. The old Jon probably wouldn’t have been prepared for a man like Ramsay, but the new Jon will give no pity and show no mercy. After having died, Jon might feel he’s nothing to lose, that this is a second chance and he’ll take it guns blazing (swords slashing?). It would be the perfect contrast, the two Snow bastards who each believe Winterfell is theirs, fighting to the death.

Jon coming back is also almost solid proof that R + L = J. From the beginning we’ve heard tidbits of information about Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister, and the mentions last season were particularly blatant and frequent. Even this season, already, we’ve gotten a Lyanna reference, when Bran visited the past. Unless it’s a giant red herring, there’s obviously a reason a long dead woman with seemingly no relevance keeps getting a shout out.

Of course, if it is true that Jon is a Stark and Targaryen, then Dany is not necessarily the ‘rightful’ heir to the Iron Throne. Being half Targaryen also means that Jon has the blood of the dragon, and he has a claim to the Throne and to one of Dany’s dragons.

Side note: He probably won’t get Drogon, since he’s Dany’s favorite. But how funny would it be if Jon just strolls in and Drogon immediately bows down and does what he’s told? That’ll teach Dany the importance of training!

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Having been resurrected by the fire god and having the blood of the dragon also poses an interesting notion of Jon’s overall purpose. It’s long been postulated that the “Ice and Fire” referenced in the book series title is Jon and Dany. But what if it’s just Jon? Jon has gotten ‘looks’ from both sides: Melisandre stared him down when she first saw him, and believes him to be Azor Ahai. The Night’s King also shared what seemed like a telling look with Jon at Hardhome.

We know the war between ice and fire is coming, so what if Jon is a link that connects them? He’s the undead brought back to fight the undead, and put an end to this war. He won’t do it alone, either. Azor Ahai needed a weapon to fight the darkness, and he had Lightbringer. If we’re to assume Lightbringer is a physical sword, it’s most likely Longclaw. In season 5, both Jon and a White Walker were surprised to see Longclaw kill the White Walker. We thusly learned that Valyrian steel can kill White Walkers. But what if it was more than just being Valyrian steel? If Jon is Azor Ahai, why couldn’t Longclaw be Lightbringer, the ‘hero’s sword’ meant to fight the darkness?

Jon coming back opens many doors. There are so many possibilities his presence brings to the show. Is Melisandre finished? Will Jon be the one to kill Ramsay? Is Jon really half Targaryen? And most importantly, will he ride a dragon?!

How do you think Jon’s resurrection will impact the future of ‘Game of Thrones’?