Colorado District Pull 13 Reasons Why After Spate of Suicides

By May 17, 2017Adaptations, News

A Colorado school district is speaking out against Jay Asher’s book 13 Reasons Why after a spate of suicides in the county. For a while the book was an indie classic, popular but not overly so but since Netflix adapted the book for a series it’s been launched into the public eye and criticised for its handling of a teen suicide.

While the book itself didn’t originally come under too much fire, and was in fact thought of as insightful and praised, the Netflix series has been accused of glorifying suicide and breaking guidelines on how suicides should be portrayed.

Seven teen suicides in recent months in Colorado have led the Mesa County Valley School District bringing in a temporary removal of the book from schools and libraries in the area. It’s not known whether any of the young people who committed suicide had either read the book or watched the series, but the school district is taking the whole thing seriously anyway.

The novel was published in 2007 and received much praise for highlighting marginalised young adults. For the bullied there was finally a protagonist who spoke to them, and for many bullied young adults the book was a life line. However, the Netflix series has received quite a different reception and much criticism with many going so far as to say it romanticised suicide.

Colorado librarians are calling it censorship and it seems a fight is brewing, and as the story rolls on, it appears that other districts are drawing similar parallels. What do you think? Are these suicides life imitating art or is the original book just an acute account of art imitating life?

New John Green Novel Coming October 2017

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John Green is one of the best known YA authors of our time and is responsible for tearjerkers such as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, breaking the hearts of an entire generation. However, it’s been a while since we had a full length novel, the last The Fault in Our Stars was out in 2012, five years ago!

All that changed this week with the news that there’s a brand new full length novel coming from John Green this October, his first for five years! Turtles All the Way Down will be out on October 10th of this year and although there’s not yet a cover reveal, it is available for pre-order now. Read More

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Last November, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson joined the Books on the Underground movement, leaving feminist books on London Underground trains and stations, and now she’s back to her novel hiding ways, this time in Paris.

Watson played book loving Hermione Granger and has continued to carry the torch for book lovers ever since. Her feminist book club Our Shelf Shelf is turning out to be a global phenomenon, and with her Book Fairies initiative and the Books on the Underground movement, she making quite an impact on book lovers. Read More

HBO Currently Developing Watchmen TV Series

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Watchmen was a comic series that began its run in 1986 and followed a group of flawed vigilantes as they struggled combat evil in a gritty alternative version of New York. After finishing its run in 1987, the comics were compiled into a graphic novel which has since become widely regarded as one of the most important graphic novels of al time, Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, the story subverts comic book genres rules in a variety of ways and shows comics are by no means just for kids.

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Authors for Grenfell Tower Fire Charity Auction.

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At around 1a.m. on the 14th of June, 2017, a fire broke out in a residential tower block in West London. It took hold quickly and spread to overwhelm the building.

The entire block of 120 flats in the building were destroyed, despite the efforts of the heroic fire service.

Survivors have lost their homes, and the deaths of the victims is still rising as bodies are slowly being identified.

Authors for Grenfell Tower is an online auction focussed on raising money for the British Red Cross London Fire Relief Fund, in honour of residents affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Jumanji has Inspired Another Movie Adaptation!

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The 1981 fantasy picture book, Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg has once again inspired the making of a movie.

Originally an illustrated book for children about a couple of siblings who get caught up in a magical board game, the adaptations take it so much further and expand the story wonderfully.

The newest Jumanji film is said to be a continuation of the 1995 film version, and many fans of the original book, and its film adaptation, are very excited for its release in December 2017.

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Barack Obama to Pen Foreword for Upcoming Book Written by Former White House Photographer

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Former White House photographer, Pete Souza, captured some of the most iconic images of the Obama administration and many of his photographs have been seen by million across the globe. Souza is currently working on a book called Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which will give readers a look at some of the more private moments of Obama’s time as President. Read More



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