On March 31, 2017 Netflix began streaming the first season of their new series, 13 Reasons Why. Even before the show began airing on the streaming service there was a lot of talk about the series and what audiences could expect to see, especially with its ties to Selena Gomez who was one of the producers for the show. Based on a novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why was originally published back in 2007 and while it did not hit the USA Today Best Sellers list at the time of its publication in 2009 it was able to crack the list and make it to the 149th spot.
Since its first debut on the Best Seller list, it has actually worked its way up the list making its way into the top 50 this year. In fact prior to the series debuting on Netflix, the book managed to hit number 48 in time for the March 30, list. When the March 12 list was published 13 Reasons Why had climbed all the way to the 12th spot on the list. However, with how well received the series has been on Netflix and all of the word of mouth and social media buzz that the show has been receiving it should come as no surprise to learn that after 10 years of being on the market, the book has finally managed to make it to the number one spot on the USA Today Best Sellers list.
According to report from USA Today, the book’s publisher has indicated that in the past decade since 13 Reasons Why was released it has sold over three million copies in the United States alone. The novel and now the TV series, tell the story of Hannah Baker and her reasons for killing herself. Hannah Baker narrates her life on a series of cassette tapes that arrive at one of her classmate’s door, Clay Jensen. In her recordings, she explains that there were 13 reasons why she ended up killing herself and each of the tapes details those reasons and the people who contributed to her suicide.
While the Netflix series is based on the book of the same name, there are some variations between the two, which the producers and stars of the show have discussed in detail during interviews since the series premiered. Audiences can see what those differences are by streaming 13 Reasons Why, which is currently available on Netflix and has gotten people talking since its debut.
By Dorothea James
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