Why ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ missed the mark

Darcy Keenan, Columnist Before I start this, I have a few disclaimers: First, this does contain spoilers for Netflix’s original show, “Thirteen Reasons Why.” Second, I had such high, maybe even unrealistically high, expectations for this show. I read the book when it hit the Best Sellers List in 2011 but haven’t touched the book since. Maybe I remember the book being better than it was, maybe my memory of the book is not accurate because I haven’t read it in years. I’d have to read the book again to figure that one out, but for now I don’t want to. I like the way the book lives in my memory; I don’t want to taint my memory of this story anymore than the show did. If you read the book, you know that in the original story Clay did not decide to “take matters into his own hands,” in regards to getting justice for Hannah. That was something that the scriptwriters and producers concocted on their own, and it changes how we, as the audience, view Clay. He became a vengeful and cynical character in the movie. In the original Clay Jensen never would have sent out pictures of Hannah’s stalker and never would have keyed someone’s car. This new Clay from the show is not the Clay that I wanted to hold and comfort when I read...

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