This Old '13 Reasons Why’ Blog Written By Tony Is Chilling
The "13 Reasons Why" saga lives on... though, in kind of a creepy way.
Now that the story of Hannah Baker's suicide has become a pop culture phenomenon, fans are starting to uncover some strange internet artifacts from before the YA novel was adapted into a mega-successful Netflix show.
Jay Asher's novel "Thirteen Reasons Why" was published a decade ago, and to promote the book, the publisher RazorBill organized a sneaky, online promotional campaign that mirrored the plot of the story.
They set up a mysterious blog called "Hannah's Reasons" on BlogSpot, and posted video clips of Hannah's tapes, as well as some other relevant photos to the story. It was all done in character as Tony, Hannah's confidant (who I still think is actually an angel) who was in charge of passing out the tapes.
All the posts on the blog are from 2008 and 2009, but you can still go back and read them today. And trust me, it's pretty creepy.
The account mostly posts YouTube clips of Hannah's tapes being recorded. Actress Olivia Thirlby ("Juno," "Dredd") plays Hannah in the videos, although we just see a tape recorder and hear Hannah recite her tapes.
You can find all of the recordings on the YouTube channel Hannahsfriend13.
Tony's blog also includes a few photos and pieces of media relevant to Hannah's story. He posts the Suicide Prevention Hotline's tips for assessing suicide risk and calls out Mr. Porter, a tribute page to Hannah in Ryan's magazine Lost-N-Found and a police report detailing the car crash that killed Jeff.
Blog-Tony addresses the police report post to Jenny (whose name was changed to Sheri in the Netflix series), pointing out she knocked over the stop sign at the intersection.
And the macabre role-playing even continues in the comments section, where accounts under each character's name write replies to the posts. Under the police report post, "Jenny" defends herself to Blog-Tony.
It's definitely a creepy little artifact, but it's an interesting little nugget for all you "13 Reasons Why" fans out there. Check out Tony's blog here.