"13 Reasons Why" almost had a *very* different ending
Also, in a roundabout way, a very different beginning, too.
2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of Jay Asher’s phenomenal book, 13 Reasons Why, which was recently adapted into the Netflix series you’re totally obsessed with right now. Obviously, there are going to be spoilers for both the book (and, the show) ahead, so if you’re planning on picking up a copy (or binging the show this weekend) turn away now.
In an interview with Penguin Teen, who first published the book back in 2007, Asher reveals that originally, there was a much different ending for his story. The thing that starts off Clay’s whole journey, Hannah’s suicide, doesn’t happen. Instead of cutting her wrists, Hannah swallows a bottle of pills and her parents are able to get her to the hospital and have her stomach pumped before she passes away.
In this version of the story, Hannah actually survives.
Asher’s reason for changing the ending is that he didn’t want to leave readers “off the hook from needing to consider [the] message,” meaning that he wanted to stress just how suicide can affect everyone.