Once again, let’s step away from the DC world, just for a moment, and discuss this amazing and well thought out show. 13 Reasons Why is one of Netflix’s most popular show at the moment. This show is an adaptation of the book 13 Reasons Why written by Jay Asher.
The show allows viewers to get to know Hannah Baker, one of the main characters, and how her life ended. This high school student didn’t die due to natural causes nor a weapon; this girl took her own life. There were 13 reasons that caused her to believe that life was accidently given to her and that she didn’t deserve another day on earth. These 13 reasons were left on recordings that she recorded herself. 13 people, that’s right, her reasons were her fellow peers.
“Hey, it’s Hannah, Hannah Baker, don’t adjust your, whatever device you’re hearing this on. It’s me, live and in stereo. No return engagements, no encore, and this time absolutely no requests. Get a snack. Settle in. Because I’m about to tell you the story of my life, more specifically, why my life ended.”
Here is why this show needs to be seen by many:
- Suicide is a REAL thing. So many people shy away from this topic which leads us not to check on our friends and family who might be considering that option; the option to end their life.
- Words hurt. ” sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” is a stupid and false saying. 13 Reasons Why shows us what words can do to a person, in this case, it’s shown in Hannah’s suicide.
- We can prevent it. Clay, one of Hannah’s friends, realizes he could’ve done so much more to save his friend. His late realizations give us tips on how to prevent tragedies like Hannah’s to happen.
- The show is relatable. We may be going through a tough stage in our lives where we may not know our worth. This show makes us realize that there are people who love us, even if we don’t feel like they do at times. There is always someone willing to hear us out.
- We need society to change and 13 Reasons Why gives us a great visual of what is wrong with the way society runs things.
- No war in anger was ever won. In the show, we see someone in Hannah’s life lash out at her in a moment of anger. This is another thing that pushes her over the edge, his words. Our mouth is a gun and our words are as hurtful as a copper bullet.
- This show can save a life. It can give a victim of bullying and/or sexual assault the courage to say something.
- It makes us recall all the times we did something cruel or said something mean to someone; it makes us regret it all.
- 13 Reasons Why makes us think about the signs of suicide or depression and makes us analyze everyone we speak to. This is a good thing.
- There is no sugarcoating in Hannah’s suicide. We see the raw truth and feel the painful emotions because that’s what suicide is; it’s painful for both their loved ones and them.
- It shows that simple acts of kindness can save someone. It can be just a simple smile or a compliment.
- The show makes us see how important being kind to each other is.
- 13 Reasons Why demonstrates to us how a smiling person could be screaming on the inside for help.
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