This post is a collaboration with the supremely talented Punya, go over to her blog to see her post on this TV show. She goes into detail about each character and I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss that so head over to her blog to read All About Thirteen Reasons Why.
13 Reasons Why – a show that stormed its way into our lives. Like any other person out there I was allured into its claws and if it isn’t obvious already, I binge watched all the thirteen episodes. And before we get down to my thoughts on this. I would say this review/reflection contains spoilers. So, if you haven’t watched the show yet (what are you doing with your life?), I would strongly recommend you do it. Or you can read this and then decide if you want to watch it.
Let’s get down to my reaction. The first thing (or the second thing) I did after I watched the show was forcing my friends to go watch it (It’s that great). And before you close this tab, sure that this is just another teenager obsessed with this show and all she will do is talk about how great it is and how amazing it is, stay. Let me tell you why I feel this strongly about it.
- It addresses teen suicide or just suicide at an impactful magnitude. The main character, Hannah Baker took her own life and we go through the thirteen reasons (people) which led her to this point.
- While many of my peers will argue that it is a cowardly act, I disagree. Raise your hands up, if you have ever contemplated suicide, most of us have and we are still here. This show brings to light the various things a teenager typically goes through. You will relate to it and I can guarantee you that because we all go through things.
- The butterfly effect, which in simpler terms mean, small causes can have larger effects (Yes, that’s Wikipedia). We observe how the things build up, one by one, in Hannah’s life. Small things we do in our lives, things that might impact someone’s life and we will never know (unless that person makes a tape for us).
- It addresses sensitive topics like bullying, rape, slut shaming, body shaming and so many issues that need to be in the spotlight now more than ever.
- We not only watch Hannah inching closer to her death, we watch Clay going through everything, living it and its spine chilling. And you will try hard to understand the characters, to know them, and figure out why they did certain things. I knew that Hannah is only telling her side of the story and I tried to understand why each character acted the way they did.
- The characters like us go through family issues, pressure, stress, uncertainty, heartbreak, and death and we watch them react in different ways to the same situation.
- Let me state the obvious Hannah Baker didn’t conform to the molds of the society. She didn’t go around believing that it’s only four years. She stood for what she felt was right. And this is so crucial. Yes, you can counter me with the fact that this standing up got her killed, but is being silent the answer?
- It’s far from being all sunshine and rainbows, the scene where Hannah takes her life is shown and it is triggering (I had to look away for a couple of seconds). This is a show out of your comfort zone, it is uncomfortable, real and honest.
- While arguments about the scene where Hannah is in her bathtub moments away from taking her life is harsh, I personally don’t think suicide is glamorous or peaceful. I am glad the writers and producers of this show didn’t portray suicide as anything but that what it is.
- Finally, let’s talk about the parents in the show. Like every other thing suicide too has its consequences and we watch Hannah’s parents face life without their daughter. Clay’s parents try hard to understand him and I think it happens to the best of us. Our parents are trying to understand us and we should try to understand them too.
I cannot contain topics like bullying, rape, body shaming, etc. in one post. But I hope now you understand why this show is so hyped. Let me know if I should write posts addressing these topics. And I am working on a short story which will be out in a couple of weeks. Thank you for tuning in.
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