13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why

Ali Zain-ul-Abideen | Class VII | Beaconhouse Harley Campus Rawalpindi

Drama series review

The series starts off with telling the viewers about Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a 17-year-old girl who commits suicide. Two weeks later, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), her classmate and unrequited love/crush finds an anonymously posted box that contains seven double-faced cassette tapes. These cassette tapes are the audio diary that hold the13 reasons why Hannah Baker ended her life. Each cassette is about one person who individually hurt or broke Hannah, unknowingly, causing her to kill herself. These tapes were passed from person to person according to the number they were on the tapes, each devastated by how they played a role in her death. Clay becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain and spends the next few nights crisscrossing around his town guided by Hannah’s voice. What he finds changes his life. The genre is young adult fiction, drama and mystery.
Originally, Universal Studios had purchased rights to make a movie on the bestselling book, “13 Reasons Why” with Selena Gomez starring as Hannah Baker. But then Netflix announced that it would be making a television adaption of the book, with Gomez as the executive producer. The series is produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television with Selena Gomez, Tom McCarthy, Joy Gorman, Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Mandy Teefey, and Kristel Laiblin serving as executive producers. Filming for the show took place in the Northern Californian towns of Vallejo, Benicia, San Rafael, Crockett and Sebastopol during the summer of 2016. The first season ran successfully on Netflix. On May 7, 2017, it was announced that Netflix had renewed the series for a second season.
The show was quite effective in making a believable plot and characters. The script was cleverly written, eventually revealing characters and plot information. This series uses the power of voice to their advantage, creating the desirable mood just by the tone of Hannah’s words. Those words truly hit home. The plot and behavior of the characters develop in a natural progression as the show goes on. The ability of the actors to evoke emotion and believability is a crucial mark of its shows success. The actors in “13 Reasons Why” provide and contribute immensely to making this show a realistic, entertaining story.
The show focuses mainly on the fact that it is never too late. People are always there for you. You are never alone and are worth the world to people who care about you. In the show, Hannah repeatedly says that killing herself was her decision and no one else’s. This show provides a little glance into the world of those troubling teen years that every person must go through. It might not tell us the full story, but enough insight is provided for peers and adults to understand how they matter in playing a positive role in trying times for not just the people they know, but also for strangers.
Sir Thursday Sir Thursday

Omar Farooq| Class VII-A | Beaconhouse Defence Campus Karachi

Author: Gareth Nix

Summary:

This book continues the adventures of Arthur who is the rightful heir of the house of the Architect. Arthur is accidently drafted by Sir Thursday and has to spend 100 years in the army. Arthur is then washed between the years and his memory is lost. His name is now Ray Green and he does not remember anything. Because of his good performance in the battle with the newniths he is ranked up to General. He meets Sir Thursday in person and suddenly his memory comes flooding back. Sir Thursday’s army fight the newniths where Arthur claims the fourth key and becomes Commander of the army of the Architect.
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