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In this post I am going to write on a topic on which I never wrote about. I’ll be reviewing a book and a TV series.
Whenever a beloved book get turned into a movie or TV show, the faithful immediately dissect the new adaption to see what got changed. Usually a time constrained movie or a TV show cut out a lot of details but the opposite is true with Netflix’s take on the Jay Asher book 13 Reasons Why.
Overview : 13 Reasons Why tells the story of a young high school student named Clay Jensen who discovers a box of seven cassette tapes on his doorstep one day. The tapes turn out to be a recorded suicide confession from his crush and friend Hannah Baker who killed herself two weeks before the series begin. They outline how the various people in her life played an influence on her decision to take her life – the 13 reasons why she did it.
- Time taken by Clay to listen to the tapes – In the book Clay listens to all the tapes in one long, coffee fueled night, but in the show he goes much more slowly. 1 episode is dedicated to 1 side of a tape.
- Social Media – The book came in 2007 when Facebook was not famous. Instagram wasn’t even there. But in the show the rumors spread via text message, social media.
- Bond of Hannah and Clay – In the book it seems that Clay liked Hannah and it is a one sided thing. But in the series both of them have a lot of interaction and both seemed to like each other but could never confess to each other.
- Monet’s Group – The trio in the show says FML instead of Olly Olly Oxen Free.
- Lawsuit – The series introduced Baker’s filing a lawsuit against the school, blaming it for failing to spot their troubled daughter. This element of the story was not present in the book
- Ending – In the book it is stated that Hanah takes unspecified pills but on the show she sits her wrists in the bathtub. You also see the scene play out in a very graphic and harrowing way in the final episode.
- Additional tape – In the book Clay passes the tape on to the next person on the list as instructed but in the series Clay skips number 12- Hannah’s rapist. Instead he secretly records a confession and adds to the box before sending it to the last person on the list- school’s counselor.
There are many more differences but I can’t share all of them here. But I loved both of them. Both of them were awesome.
The best thing I found about the book and show is that Hannah used cassettes to record the reasons for her suicide. On this age of modern technology, cassettes are long gone. Seeing them once again was nice.
This is the first TV show after which I had a crush on someone from show. Katherine Langford. She played the role of Hannah perfectly. I just loved her acting.
This was my first review on a book and a TV series. I hope you all liked it. Do comment what do you think about it.