13 Reasons Why: The Book vs The Series

One of my favourite things to tell people is, “I’ve never watched a film/series that is better than the book.” For example, take Me Before You, the film doesn’t half capture the pure emotion and heart break in which the book does, and so therefore affirms my statement. However, after starting watching 13 Reasons Why, my opinion may have *slightly* changed.

Jay Asher is one of my favourite authors. I first discovered Jay Asher after achieving an A* in my English Literature exam, and like the geek I am, ordered 13 Reasons Why to reward myself.

For those who don’t know the book is about a girl named Hannah Baker, who committed suicide. A boy name Clay is left 13 tapes at his doorstep, which he has to listen to, in order to discover the 13 reasons, as to why Hannah killed herself.


One of the reasons I love this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone reading this post, is because of the purpose and message behind the book. The fact that you never really know how you’re affecting someone’s life. You never really know what is going on in someone’s life.

I think after reading this book, you will look at the world differently. Everyone suffers in their own way and I think people don’t always realise that the small things they do, add to a bigger picture of suffering in someone’s world.

I’ve only watched the first few episodes so far of the new series on Netflix, however I have to admit they’ve done a really good job of putting the words into a picture.


I think even within the first few episodes, the directors and actors have really pulled out the emotions felt by the characters, for example Clay’s paranoia from the tapes and the confusion as to what they mean.

The series manages to hook in their audience too. I’ve read the book, but still want to watch, and people discovering 13 Reasons Why for the first time, will want to keep watching more to discover what’s on the tapes, why Clay is so important to them, and most importantly why Hannah is dead.

But on that note. It is fair to say the book is *sighs* better than the series. For 2 simple reasons.

  1. There wouldn’t be a series if Jay Asher had never picked up a pen and written the book.
  2. Reading the book allows you to imagine what you want, and it’s normally always a better picture in your own head.


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