A study connects Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why with an increase in youth suicides. After its initial publication in 2007, Jay Asher’s YA novel 13 Reasons Why reached best-seller status, despite its heavy themes and depiction of teen suicide. A decade later, the novel was adapted as a Netflix series, becoming an instant hit.
Having recently been renewed for a third season, 13 Reasons Why has managed to build the story of a group of teens, connected by the suicide of a classmate, into something perhaps far more substantial than the book originally delivered. It hasn’t been an easy ride, however, with the series experiencing arguably far more criticism than the book initially received. Some communities have even gone as far as pulling the book from their libraries and banning all talk of the series from schools. With that much attention focused on both the book and the series, it’s understandable why its popularity still hasn’t diminished, over a decade since its initial publication.