I watched the first season of 13 Reasons Why as soon as it came out on Netflix. It was hard to watch at times, but I absolutely loved the characters and that the show was opening up a dialogue about mental health issues. When I found out that the show was based on a book, I had to read it.
I’ll admit, I was a little disappointed with the book. Usually, when a show or movie is based on the book I love it because I get to learn more about the characters and how they’re feeling.
The number one thing that bothered me about the show was how long it took Clay to listen to the tapes. In the book, it’s too fast. It actually made me appreciate the show and how it gave you time to emotionally deal with each revelation. It make me realize that it was actually probably pretty hard for Clay to keep listening, which is why it took so long. In the book, it was just one after the other in one night.
I also feel like I don’t know anything about the people on the tapes from the book. The show did such a good job building these characters that it feels wrong to be judging them from one or two things that the they did to Hannah.
I felt bad for every one of them in the show (except Bryce) and Hannah makes them seem like they’re just horrible people all of the time. Although a lot of the things they did to her were awful and mean, I don’t think they really knew what all was going on in her life, and she didn’t know what they were also going through.
The book left me wanting so much more, so I’m really glad that the show exists and that the continued to build on these characters in the second season. In the book, you don’t even get to see how Clay reacted to being around these people after he finished the tapes and that’s what I was most looking forward to when I was reading it.
They really did such a good job with the show. I understand the controversy, but I think that parents can use it as a way to talk to their kids. The issues in the show are real things that happen to people of all ages. It’s definitely uncomfortable to talk about, but we need to be talking about them.