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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the first season of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.]
After its debut a decade ago, Jay Asher’s New York Times best-selling YA novel continues to resonate with many readers for its' depiction of teen bullying and suicide. The series centers on high school student Clay Jensen (played by Dylan Minnette in the Netflix adaptation) whom is delivered cassettes from his recently deceased classmate and friend, Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford). Despite killing herself in earlier weeks, Hannah details the 13 reasons she decided to take her own life through audiotapes she left for Clay and others to listen to.
Selena Gomez serves as executive producer of the Netflix show and, like many readers, connected with the story and fought to have Asher’s novel adapted for the screen. "I see myself as Hannah so much," she told The Hollywood Reporter . "I wanted it to feel like anyone can see themselves in this."
After news confirming Asher's novel was set to hit the screen, bookworms have anticipated the series adaptation, creating pressure for the drama's writers and exec producers to remain loyal to the story. While every adaptation tries to avoid straying from the novel, it’s never guaranteed. THR takes a look at the onscreen changes the series made that departed from the thought-provoking novel.
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