By Brittany Lane
Based off the book of the same name by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why premiered on March 31st to an awaiting fan base. The premise of the series follows Clay Jensen who one day gets a box of tapes from his crush Hannah Baker who had committed suicide. These tapes were to be given to 12 other people, all with reasons that lead up to her suicide, or else a mysterious third party would release them to the school.
We learn through these tapes about the other characters and the lives they are living, learning the reasons behind the choices that they made. Some feel guilt and others don’t. We get to see a bigger picture beyond the reasons of the tape, and how one action can spiral into many different decisions, some of which are not good.
The choices and character backgrounds make them relatable and human-like. Viewers may actually be uncomfortable with just how relatable some of these characters are. Some of us have even been in Hannah’s position. The series is graphic, intense, and brutally honest.
Fans of the book may be disappointed in some of the changes that the Netflix series made to some of the book aspects. Some of the changes I believe make a heavier impact on the series as a whole, although the ending leaves a lot to be desired.
The series wasn’t meant to live up to its book counterpart. It was meant to make people talk, and on that front, it wholeheartedly delivered.