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13 Reasons Why, 2017–

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    13 Reasons Why is Netflix's adaption of a novel of the same name- by Jay Asher. The story is poetically brought to our screens by director Tom McCarthy (among other directors) in the form of thirteen, one-hour episodes. These episodes unfold complimentary to the thirteen reasons we're set to learn of why Hannah Baker (the narrator) had come to the decision of taking her own life.

    Hannah leaves a set of cassette tapes behind and has them delivered to a particular group of people. This group is made up of Hannah's friends, acquaintances and tormentors alike. These are the very people that contributed to Hannah making the decision that has the small town shaken up. These mystery tapes give the receptors clues to uncovering the truth around Hannah's death- but little do they know that they're also set to learn secrets about themselves, as well as one another.

    The series gets darker with each episode. We also discover and learn about each of the thirteen subjects in each of these episode. Hannah plays a ghost in the shadows whom cockily, and cleverly, threatens to haunt anyone who doesn't abide by the rules and instructions embedded in the tapes- through a mystery friend who is to expose their secrets given this very circumstance.

    Besides Hannah, the focus is set on Clay Jensen, who was a close friend of Hannah's. He carries us through the story as he uncovers the mysteries that are woven into the chilling tapes. Clay is not as openly harsh and shallow as the others, or any other average High School-going teenager for that matter, but he finds himself included among the 13. The true mystery proves to come in the fact that the others had already listened to the tapes, and are now desperately pulling all strings possible to make sure that Clay, the good-boy that he is, doesn't let his concious talk him into revealing all their dark secrets.

    The adaption could've gone wrong in many a ways, but it has instead managed an engaging show. You, at some point, begin to feel as though you're activily taking part in the story as it unfolds- this is encouraged by the seamless direction by McCarthy, as well as the other capable directors. Hannah's passive aggresive, sometimes mocking, narration makes for a nonetheless great ride through a very intense, rattling thirteen-episode rollercoaster.
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