We’ve put together a list of articles from newspapers around the country discussing the popular and controversial book and tv series, “13 Reasons Why.” The book follows the story of Hannah, who kills herself. She leaves behind messages for all of those she feels treated her badly and led her to commit suicide. Many say the book and the show differ greatly, with the show being much more graphic and almost glorifying teen suicide while the book is more of a suicide prevention tool. Check out our list of articles below for more information on “13 Reasons Why” and why it’s gotten so popular.
District Official Ordered Book Removed – A School District 51 official ordered school librarians to remove a controversial book from circulation last month, a move that circumvented the district’s traditional process for reviewing such materials and raised concerns about censorship.
The Controversy behind Netflix’s Teen Suicide Drama – The hit Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” is a drama about a teenage girl named Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind audio tapes for the 13 people she says played a part in her decision to take her own life. Since the show’s debut on March 31, “13 Reasons Why” has become an internet sensation and a pop-culture phenomenon. It was recently named the most tweeted show of 2017, and Netflix just announced it has renewed the show for a second season.
What is it about 13 Reasons Why?
Teen suicide is not a new topic for pop culture, from ABC’s 1986 afterschool special A Desperate Exit to the Tony-nominated Dear Evan Hansen. The cult-favorite film The Virgin Suicides is about five teen sisters who kill themselves. One Tree Hill and Buffy the Vampire Slayer have included episodes on the subject.
Schools Superintendent: Students are harming themselves and citing ’13 Reasons Why’ – A Florida schools superintendent told parents in a letter that his district has seen a rapid rise in at-risk behavior at elementary and middle schools — including self-harming and suicide threats — in the wake of a graphic Netflix series about a 17-year-old girl’s suicide called “13 Reasons Why.”
Netflix triggers online debate with show about teen suicide – In response to “13 Reasons Why,” a 13-episode Netflix show about a high school student who commits suicide, teenage Twitter users are going at each other online, concerned moms are group-texting and follower-hungry Instagrammers and YouTubers are busy creating images and videos to get in on the trend before it’s gone.