Selena Gomez Released a Teaser for 'Thirteen Reasons Why' A New Netflix Series Based on the Jay Asher Book
Selena Gomez won't be in the series. She is producing it. Apparently the author, Jay Asher met with a lot of people (because there was no doubt that this book would be turned into a movie/show) and said the only one who fully understood his vision was Gomez. Whenever the author is on the same page as the creators I think that is a good sign. It's why The Perks of Being A Wallflower is the best novel to movie adaption out there. They were both written by the same guy. So some people may hear that Selena Gomez is involved and balk at that because she is a Disney star and not the greatest actress but have no fear, I think it is actually a good sign.
If you haven't read the book, you should. It's a young adult book but doesn't limit itself to young readers. It's dark and mysterious and really eerie. Hannah Baker killed herself but before hand she made audio tapes* explaining why she did it. Her reasons break down to thirteen different people that led her on this path. People that were involved in her life for a while and people that only knew her from a distance. She leaves the tapes for the first person (first reason) to find and then each person must pass the tapes on to the next.
The story for us starts when Clay, a kid who had a crush on her receives the tapes. He throws on the headphones and Hannah leads Clay (and us) on a tour of the town and the past. I'm guessing the TV show will do a nice job dealing with the flashbacks. Each episode will probably be one person/reason that makes up the entire story.
Netflix feels like the perfect format for a series like this. A movie wouldn't have been able to tell the full story. A cable network would have to deal with time constraints. Each episode being exactly 48 minutes. Netflix will hopefully let the shorter reasons be shorter episodes and and give the longer ones more nuance and details. It will also be super "bingeable". Some shows fall into the Netflix trap of having each episode end with a hook to make sure you keep watching the next one right away and it doesn't fully work or feels too forced (I think this applies to Bloodline especially). This won't have trouble doing that and having it feel natural. It is how the novel is already written.
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*The reason Asher chose to have the recordings on audio tapes and not a more modern format interested me. He made the point that if in the book it feels dated, if the characters mention that they are using an old technology then the book itself has a longer shelf life. If he were to use a CD and no one mentioned how dated CDs were then the reader would know that this story takes place in the 90's. If he used an iPod we would know it takes place in the 2000's. Since he used a dated piece of technology the reader will never truly know what generation this took place. Twenty years from now a teenagee can read it and not think, 'man this is an old book'. I thought that was great insight and a good tip about the writing process.
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