When I was in high school I read a book titled, “Th1rteen R3asons Why” written by Jay Asher. From as far back as I can remember I’ve always had my head stuck in a book. Reading for me provides an escape from reality it allows me to dive right into the setting of a novel and become apart of the world of words. I’ve always pretended to be a fly on the wall or an additional character in whatever I am reading. I’m always a little taken back when individuals discourage reading. I get it though, we all have difference cups of tea!
Even now at 21 years old Asher’s novel still remains on my list of favorites. I was a bit skeptical when hearing of Netflix’s adaptation of the book, “13 Reasons Why”. Central to both the novel and Netflix series is that Clay Jensen receives a set of 13 tapes two weeks after classmate and secret crush, Hannah Baker, commits suicide. Each of the tapes tells the one reason (and person) responsible for her suicide. Clay must listen to all the tapes to find out why he is one of the reasons Hannah killed herself.
While no movie or series could ever capture the true essence of a book, I do enjoy watching Netflix’s adaptation. There are notable differences between the novel and the series. Let’s see if you can pick up on them! It’s always entertaining to see something that was once words come to life on screen.
I’m currently on episode eight of the series with just five more episodes left. Hopefully creator Brian Yorkey and executive producer Selena Gomez do not disappoint in the final stretch of the series.
(The series has a total of 13 episodes that run at one hour each. A half day of binging!)
Read it. Watch it. Let me know how YOU feel.