On Digital Streaming Services
* 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Dylan Minette and Katherine Langford. On Netflix, starting March 31, 2017. 76% on metacritic.com, 90% on rottentomatoes.com, 9/10 IMDb High scores overall. Some reviewers have concerns over the graphic scene of suicide, the skewed depiction of Hannah, and that the show falls short of the rich source material.
Goodreads says: You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play. Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker--his classmate and crush--who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah's pain, and as he follows Hannah's recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.
IMDb says: Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.
* Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery. Amybeth McNulty and Geraldine James. On Netflix May 6, 2017 63% metacritic.com, 8.2/10 IMDb. Reviewers find it gritty, with a strong emphasis on realism, and a solid feminist message. It departs significantly from the original material.
Goodreads says: Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.
IMDb says: A retelling of L.M. Montgomery’s story of Anne Shirley, an orphan who is accidentally sent to a couple looking to adopt a boy instead.
* The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel. On Hulu 2017 97% metacritic.com, Grade A- avclub.com, 8.6/10 IMDb, 100% Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewers call it timely and captivating. Visuals are very good, characterizations accurate and sensitive.
Goodreads says: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…
IMDb says: Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.
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