Thirteen Reasons Why – Review

Thirteen Reasons Why - Review

With all of the buzz about Thirteen Reasons Why and the renewal of a second season, many people are starting to pick up the book that the show is based on. Even though the book, written by Jay Asher, was originally published in 2007 by Razorbill Publishing, it has gained in popularity mostly because of the Netflix series. Although the feedback on both of these versions are mostly positive, there are still some people that disagree for many reasons.

The book was not as widely read as the show is watched. Some reasons being that reading in general is not very popular and the rest being that the book itself was only popular in certain groups. The criticism was less known and was mostly used as an entertainment source rather than a source for anger. That being said, the TV show has other things going for it. Other than the mostly positive things being said, there was a lot being spread about the “glorification” of suicide in the show, saying that it could be harmful to people who are struggling with depression. With the popularity surrounding this show, of course the speculation is split. Some say the show is a great source for showing the detrimental effects of bullying and thinking about what you say before you say it. Others are concerned that this is making teens think of suicide even if they had not before.

While that is the major reason people dislike the show, other reasons include the differences between the book and show. Details will not be mentioned for spoiling reasons, but to name a few imprecisely, the way she died, names, the amount of time the show or book spans, and other details added to the show for dramatic effects. These are good for adding to the wow factor of the show but when things are added, sometimes they seem to be unnecessary. Even with the differences and criticism, the show is still very popular, as well as the book. It may not be perfect, but the show is still urging watchers to pick up the book and read.