What I’m Watching: Th1rteen R3asons Why, by Jay Asher

I’ve mentioned a few times how much I loved Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. Well, recently this book has found a new reincarnation in a Netflix streaming series of the same name. So of course I had to watch it. So far, I’m only a few episodes in, but I’m hooked. Because it’s been so long since I read the book, and the series has all of those small little changes, it’s like new to me. I like the dark atmosphere, and the sense of foreboding in the Netflix series, and so far, I’m pretty impressed with the cast. There is just something so loveable about this reincarnation of┬áHannah, played by Katherine Langford. And I’ve always been a fan of Kate Walsh’s tears (Hannah’s Mom). Below you can watch the official trailer as it’s posted on YouTube.

There’s been a fair bit of controversy about this series, since it does deal with Teen Suicide, which is a very difficult topic to talk about it. But at least this way it is being talked about. And not hidden.

I dug out my handwritten review of the Th1rteen R3asons Why book, and you can read it below. It still breaks my heart that Hannah is dead, because she was so full of life. And that is the most difficult thing about unexpected death, it is so very hard to accept. Have you watched the show? What do you think?

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JEH

What I’m Watching: Moana by Disney

So I finally watched Moana this past weekend and I just had to blog about it, because it really felt a bit like Moana was a sea-witch. This is probably the closest I will ever come to seeing my books made into a movie, and the plot is very, very different (really not like my books at all) but I just loved it!

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Moana is ‘chosen’ by the sea. And the sea is like this actual living body that picks her up and puts her back on the boat. It put a big smile on my face. When Disney’s Moana was released, all I heard were bad, gossipy things about the movie, like how Maui was a fat guy, and for some reason this was a bad thing? I loved Maui, and why can’t someone be fat, right? Anyway, I thought Moana was really well done. And, of course, given my love of sea-faring fiction, this was totally my style. Probably more so than Frozen, although The Snow Queen always has been one of my favorite fairy tales (that’s probably the snowy Canadian in me).

My favorite parts were the coconut pirates and the ending, but I’m not going to ruin that for you here. And the animation was gorgeous. It definitely made me want to take a trip somewhere tropical.

If you haven’t checked out Moana yet, do so. It’s a treat (especially if you have little kids to watch it with, but even if you don’t). Have you seen it? What did you think?

JEH