The Importance Of Netflix's Adaptation Of 13 Reasons Why

The Importance Of Netflix's Adaptation Of 13 Reasons Why

Media can be more helpful than people realize.

The literary world was taken by storm in 2007 when Jay Asher's debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, hit bookshelves. This novel captivated audiences with its true-to-life story about a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide. Rather than letting her story die with her, she records it on cassette tapes and sends them in a box to people who impacted her decision. The novel follows her classmate Clay Jenkins on the night he receives and listens to the tapes- a night that will change his life forever.

For years, there has been speculation of a movie adaptation. Rumors began flying almost immediately that Selena Gomez would be attached to the project in some way. Fans of the novel would search the Internet every once in a while for more movie news, but to no avail. No more information was released about a movie, giving fans the impression that an adaptation just wasn't in the cards.

Hope was restored on October 29, when Variety announced that Netflix is adapting Thirteen Reasons Why as a 13-episode series. Selena Gomez is set to be Executive Producer of the project, along with Mandy Teefey and Kristel Laiblin. The writing team is set to include Brian Yorkey, who found success penning the rock musical "Next to Normal."

No word has been released on who is set to star in the series, or when it will launch. But that does not stop the excitement from building.

The fact that Thirteen Reasons Why will be adapted to the small screen can do great things for the public. Despite the fact that the novel has been on the New York Times Bestseller's List consistently for the past eight years, it's not a very well-known story. It's a shame, because it's a story that needs to be shared and talked about. People tend to shy away from discussions of mental health, depression, and suicide. They operate under the philosophy that if these topics are never discussed, then they'll disappear. They won't be a problem anymore.

Newsflash: it does not work like that. In fact, it's the opposite. The more the world pretends that these issues don't exist, the worse they'll get. If these issues are treated by society as things that are shameful and need to be hidden, then it makes it that much harder for someone to seek treatment if they start feeling depressed (or show symptoms of any other mental illness.)

Fortunately, Netflix is one of the most popular services of our time. People are always looking for another new show to binge-watch on the weekends. With an adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why being added to Netflix, it'll bring to light the issues of depression and suicide, especially in teenagers. There won't be such a stigma, and it might just give someone the courage to speak up and get the help they need.

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Atlantic City Should Be Immediately Added To Your Travel Bucket List, There's More Than Meets The Eye With This Gem

There's something for everyone.

When people usually hear the word “AC” they usually picture large amounts of alcohol, endless rows of poker tables, and flashy slot machines. However, the truth is Atlantic City has much more to offer than meets the eye. Since my first trip to Atlantic City on my 13th birthday to see Kelly Clarkson live, I found each trip after that to offer me something new and exciting.

Below I’ve listed some gems of the city besides the typical casinos and clubs.

1. Tanger Outlets and the playground

Unless you are a local or have visited before, you probably wouldn’t know that Atlantic City is actually home to two major shopping centers, the Tanger Outlets, and the Playground. The Tanger Outlets is my personal favorite as it has over 100 stores to shop in. The Playground is also fairly popular amongst visitors and has high-end stores such as Louis Vuitton and Tiffany’s. The Playground though is generally more expensive to shop in and as a girl who appreciates a good bargain, I would recommend to check out the Tanger Outlets first.

2. The Steel Pier

The Steel Pier is great for a day out and to bring out the inner child in all of us. It is open from April to October each year and features an arcade, over 20+ carnival themed rides, and even a helicopter service to see the sights from bird's eye view! In addition, the Steel Pier also offers many holiday and seasonal events that are always well organized and exciting to attend.

3. Great dining

Atlantic City has such a variety of dining options that it's almost impossible to find a place that you don’t like. Some of my personal favorite places to eat include Tropicana’s Carmine’s Italian Restaurant, Harry’s Oyster Bar and Seafood, and the Melting Pot. Most restaurants are within walking distance from the hotels, but still, make sure to make reservations as you may not get seated right away!

4. Rooftop and indoor pools

One of my personal favorite things about AC is their abundance of rooftop and indoor pools! When traveling during the summer I suggest spending an afternoon at your resort’s rooftop pool. Even If your resort doesn’t have one, many hotels offer day passes to theirs. As for indoor pools, they tend to actually be pretty nice and quiet during the winter months.

5. Concerts and shows

From outdoor beach concerts as pictured above to small comedy shows, AC has it all. Since AC is filled with large hotels with clubs and concert stages, it isn’t hard to find a show for you. Below I have listed some of the most anticipated concerts and shows for this season in the AC area, so be sure to get your tickets soon if you plan on going!

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Sat Mar 24th, 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM: Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival-Atlantic City Convention Center-Atlantic City, NJ

Sat April 14th,8:00 PM: Jerry Seinfeld-Borgata Events Center- Atlantic City, NJ

Sat May 26th,7:00PM: Keivn Hart-Boardwalk Hall Arena-Atlantic City, NJ

Sun Jul 1st,2:00PM-Sam Hunt-Atlantic City Beach-Atlantic City, NJ

Thurs/Fri/Sat-July 19th, 20th, 21st-Britney Spears-Borgata Casino Event Center-Atlantic City, NJ

Ultimately, Atlantic City is what you make of it. If you are looking for a traditional gambling and partying scene, AC can definitely give you that experience. However, AC is much more than this and I would go as far as recommending families to go on a weekend getaway here during the summer,as it offers something for every age. Hopefully, every reader can take something from this article and do some further research on what AC has to offer that relates to their specific interests.

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Lil Yachty's 'Lil Boat 2' May Not Be Enough To Keep Him Afloat

Here's what you need to know about "Lil Boat 2."

On March 9, Lil Yachty dropped his newest album, “Lil Boat 2.” The album consists of 17 songs, most of which were probably better off not being on the album and seriously failed to impress me, despite its early success on iTunes.

In all of the reviews I have ever written, I normally organize it song-by-song, giving feedback to each track. This time, however, I think I can save all of us time on this article by just being completely honest about Lil Yachty’s “Lil Boat 2.”

Most of the songs from 1-10 on the tracklist are NOT worth listening to.

"TALK TO ME NICE" (ft. Quavo), "GET MONEY BROS." (ft. Tee Grizzley) and "she ready" (ft. PnB Rock) are the only three songs from the first 10 that are even remotely enjoyable.

Other than those three, every other song from the top ten songs on the tracklist were absolute garbage.

The beats to the songs weren’t that bad but, overall, it just sounded like Lil Yachty and his features were WAY too high to be in the studio.

Yachty’s flows, bars and rhyme schemes were ALL weak throughout the entire album, and if it weren’t for the final six songs on “Lil Boat 2,” this review would be nothing but bashing Lil Yachty.

From the 12th track on the album, "MICKEY" (ft. Offset, Lil Baby) the album runs through much more smoothly, regardless of how basic those last couple of songs are.

I imagine Lil Yachty’s fanbase consists mostly of teenagers who eat tide for Internet views and anybody who knows nothing about what a real rapper is.

Seriously. I cannot stress how elementary this album is. If you’re looking for new rap music to listen to, check out Tory Lanez’s album, “MEMORIES DON’T DIE,” or Logic’s “Bobby Tarantino II.”

Both of those albums are so much better than “Lil Boat 2” that they make Yachty look like an amateur–which he is.

Final Score: 5.8/10
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