Book Reviews

13 Reasons Why : The Difference Between The Book and The TV Series


Hello to the beautiful world,

I read ’13 Reasons Why’ around two years ago and watched the season one of the TV series just last year.  In today’s post I am just going to mention the very few differences between the book and the TV series of ’13 Reasons Why’. I am not planning to focus on plot details, but other elements such as purpose of plot, themes etc.

Asher’s book doesn’t focus on details about the lives of the bullies such as Justin coming from dysfunctional background. Asher just focuses on the actions of his characters. This feature has changed the effects of the book and the TV series; the book’s concentrated bullying theme shows the readers that bullying is wrong no matter what. But with the TV series presenting a bigger picture, various perspectives are developed and whether the bullying really caused Hannah’s suicide becomes debatable. It seems like the TV series’ screenwriters have tried making excuses for the bullies; some of them are more responsible for Hannah’s death than others but from Asher’s plot, they are all equally responsible for leading Hannah to her death.

And, the book doesn’t cover what happens after Clay has listened to the tapes. It highlights its effects but what happens with the other characters is not covered. Asher’s sole purpose seems to be make his readers understand one thing: bullying is wrong. So does the TV series but the latter’s bigger picture seems to have a few defects. For example, in the second season it is shown that both Jessica and Hannah case is brought to court but both of them are lost. If a second season had to be made, one of them should have gotten justice, right? Even though, today’s justice system isn’t that perfect but then what is the purpose of the second season? I haven’t watched it yet, but the spoilers I have received from my brother don’t seem very promising.

In the end, I decided against watching the second season because I found no reason to continue to watch; the TV series just deviates from the original purpose of the plotline.

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Death Has Become a Cliche Plot Device for Plots!

Even if happy endings are a never ending trend to most of the stories we read, death of the protagonist, has become a trend too. Although, such a plot device teaches us that our realities aren’t made up of happy endings, I believe this trend has gone too far.

Some of the love stories I have read in the recent past, involve the protagonist falling for a person who is about to die, and after they fall in love, confess to each other and live their lives to the fullest, their love dies.

They don’t always have to die!

Death of a loved one teaches us many things such as patience, to cherish our loved ones and take something from the death of the person you loved- a lesson. The stories I’ve read target that too, but what about hope? What about struggling and overcoming your weakness and your pain? What about beating death at its own game?

I feel like the stories I’ve read lack that- I know a terminal disease eventually kills, but does the protagonist always have to have a terminal disease? And even if he or she are suffering from something non-terminating (I don’t know a better term!), then why do they give up? Why do they have to leave the story?

I feel like dying isn’t a necessary plot device for all those protagonists that died, they could have continued to teach lessons by living. Dying isn’t completely necessary for them!