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So, who here has watched the famous Netflix show 13 Reasons Why? The truth is, it’s been a while since I watched it. I could probably list 13 reasons why it’s taken me so long to write this blog post. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with all of them. I shall stick to just the main two. But first, I will give a quick synopsis. The show is about a teenage girl named Hannah who has committed suicide. But, before doing this, she recorded 13 tapes, explaining the reasons why she did what she did. Each tape talks about the actions of a particular person in her life. It’s definitely a hard watch, but if you can stomach it, I really recommend giving it a try! To be honest, I wasn’t too sure about the show when my wife suggested it, I thought it wouldn’t really be my thing. I am so glad I agreed to try it though, because I was hooked the moment it started. Watched the whole thing in about 2 days. My first thought: ‘No WAY that that is Kate Walsh, I would have recognized her!’ My goodness, the makeup on that woman was amazing. I’ve been a huge fan of her since I first saw her red hair in Grey’s Anatomy, playing McDreamy’s cheating ex-wife. So, of course I was super thrilled to see her in this show again.
Now onto my reasons for such a delayed post. The first one is that I feel like no matter what I write, I cannot do the show justice. The other reason is all the controversy there is out there about this show. Everyone has such strong opinions on it. Me? Well, I’ve always been an ‘on the fence’ kinda gal. So, naturally I’ve been kinda avoiding taking a stand. I never wanna offend anyone. But, the truth is, I loved this show, I just can’t help it. Why did I love it? Here are my reasons.
13 Reasons Why – ‘Zoey valuated’ Style
‘The’ Scene – The scene where we see Hannah ending her own life is unbelievably well done. I’ve read some people saying that the show ‘romanticizes’ suicide. While I totally respect everyone’s opinions, I actually think the opposite is true. This scene shows how real and final her decision was. It’s not made pretty, it’s ugly and extremely hard to watch. Not to mention her mother’s reaction… wow! I could not imagine it being any better.
Hannah’s voice – We hear this whole story straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say. We hear what Hannah was thinking, what she was feeling, it’s all there. It’s her perspective, so it’s not perfect and polished, instead we get the real deal, as raw and as real as it can be.
Fearless – Topics like suicide and rape are always brushed aside. People are always scared to mention these issues, because well, let’s face it, they’re not pretty subjects. It’s like if we don’t talk about it all, it doesn’t really exist. I thought the picture below shows that issue pretty well hehe. But, this show doesn’t shy away from all of it. They took a ‘fearless’ approach, and I gotta say, I really respect that.
The moral – There’s so much talk going on about this show giving the wrong message to it’s viewers. Many people have said that it puts the blame on those 13 people outlined in the tapes. In other words, it makes it seem like it’s their fault that Hannah did what she did. My thoughts? I look at this in an entirely different way. This series shows us how much the actions of one person can affect the people around them. One remark, one look, one action, can either push someone over the edge, or do the exact opposite and bring them back from the edge. This goes back to my last post where I talked about Ellen’s motto… “be kind to one another”. In my opinion, that’s what this show is trying to tell us.
The acting – I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The acting in this show was top notch. I actually felt like these characters were real.
Another moral – Full of lessons, this show! Another one that really stood out for me? The effects Hannah’s suicide had on everyone around her. The aftermath was portrayed really well. This was a very important message.
A few more thoughts – One thing I would like to put out there, is the need for teens to watch this show with parental supervision. I feel like teenagers would benefit from someone sitting with them to discuss the show and how it made them feel.
Also, the half-hour video 13 Reasons Why, Beyond the Reasons, is definitely a great watch! You get to see the cast and crew talk about the show, it’s very cool! I added the video at the bottom of this post, in case you feel like checking it out! It’s also available on Netflix.
Hope you all enjoyed this post! If you have any thoughts, questions, etc. about the show, feel free to share in the comments below! ♡