So this is a little off topic for my blog which is mainly about fashion, beauty & travel. However, I recently watched the new Netflix show ’13 Reasons Why’ & to say it has affected me is an understatement. I wanted to write a post reviewing the show & hopefully convince anyone who hasn’t watched it yet to start it! Unless you have been living under a rock, you know this show has been something that everyone has been talking about and the memes of the show are all over the internet. There a number of reasons why I loved the show & would highly recommend for anyone to watch it so I’ll list a few of them.
This series is profoundly touching because of the emotional depth and truth to the show. The series, which was an adaption of the book by Jay Asher deals with difficult topics that our society tends to shy away from and not deal with. It provides its audience with deeper insights into the struggles that teenagers face every day and the effects bullying can have on people. In case you aren’t familiar with the show I’ll give you a quick briefing, ’13 Reasons Why’ is about a girl named Hannah Baker who takes her own life & leaves behind 13 tapes explaining the reasons why she took her life. The show powerfully reveals the inner workings of a teenage girl’s mind who is depressed and suicidal.
The series addresses societal issues that are extremely topical such as teenage suicide, sexual assault, jock culture and depression that are all interwoven into a fascinating and compelling tale. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for young people aged 10-24 according to the Centers of Disease and Prevention Control, and the show addresses this issue in a hard-hitting way. The series was not afraid to shine a light on these heavy topics such as rape, lad culture and suicide. The show at times, was extremely hard to watch but it was necessary to portray the gruesome and sorrowful reality of these issues such as suicide and rape. Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem & there is always help out there for individuals who are suffering. The soundtrack perfectly captures the emotional moments & milestones of the series featuring indie songs such as ‘The Night We Met’ and 80’s remakes such as Yazoo’s song ‘Only You’.
Although I understand the reason’s for creating 13 episodes, giving each person on the tapes an episode, the show began to lag during the middle of the season. Tapes such as Zach’s & Marcus’ could have easily been combined into the one episode instead of dragged out for the sake of making 13 episodes. At times the show glamorized Hannah’s suicide by using her soft & gentle voice as the narration of the show. However, the series never failed to bring its viewers back to reality by conveying the utter despair & grief Hannah’s family were left to deal with after her death. By showing the heartbreak and agony her family were faced with reminded the audience that suicide has permanent repercussions for not only the person who dies but for the people who are left behind. And although sometimes you can feel some of Hannah’s dramas were over dramatized it reveals how the coupling of situations can lead to someone’s unraveling and ultimately their demise. ’13 Reason’s Why’ conveys many societal issues in a profound, beautiful and yet tragic way that can hopefully start a conversation among our society. Watch the show and I’m sure you’ll feel as passionate about it as I do.