13 Reasons Why has broken a major Netflix record

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

Netflix's newest series 13 Reasons Why has broken a major Netflix record.

The hard-hitting teen drama has become the streaming service's most-tweeted-about show, having logged more tweets about it than any other series during its first week of streaming.

According to the statistics from research firm Fizziology, there were over 3.5 million tweets posted about the series between its premiere date of March 31 and April 7 (via Refinery29).

In fact, the exact number Fizziology recorded was a massive 3,585,110 tweets about the show, which almost doubles the record of Netflix's second most-tweeted-about show Chasing Cameron, which amassed 1,326,010 tweets during the same period.

The data provided by Fizziology was also confirmed by Twitter, who said 13 Reasons Why generated more than 3.2 million tweets during its first week, making it the most-tweeted-about streaming TV series of the year so far, according to the social media firm.

But then again, what did we expect from a series that came to us partly from one of social media's most-followed superstars, Selena Gomez.

Still, the stats are pretty impressive – especially when you consider the likes of cult hits Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black didn't even come close to numbers like 13 Reasons Why.

Based on the 2007 novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why deals with a lot of difficult themes and topics, including sexual assault and teen suicide.

The series is centred on Hannah Baker's decision to take her own life and producers recently defended their decision to include Hannah's suicide scene in such graphic detail.

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"We worked very hard not to be gratuitous," said show creator Brian Yorkey. "But we did want it to be painful to watch, because we wanted it to be very clear that there is nothing, in any way, worthwhile about suicide."

Asher also spoke up about the idea of a second season for the show, even though there was no sequel for the book.

"I'm curious," he said. "What happens to Clay? How do people react to what Alex did at the very end? What's going to happen to Mr Porter?"

13 Reasons Why is available to stream on Netflix now.

Suicide is preventable. Readers who are affected by the issues raised in this story are encouraged to contact Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org), or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.

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