“Hannah Baker here, loud and in stereo…” (13 Reasons Why)
- The Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why” premiered on the streaming site as of March 31, 2017 (in celebration of Jay Asher’s 10 year old publication) and though it is barely a week old, the Netflix show has taken over social media and classroom discussions everywhere… WHICH IS GOOD. This novel needs to be talked about, because it is real.
- I’m not talking about the literature being of a true story. What I’m saying is, the events in the story are real. they happen. they might happen to you, a friend you know, or some stranger at a party 3 years ago. BUT THEY DO HAPPEN.
- The cast was absolutely phenomenal. every actor took their role seriously, and it added to the “realness” of the story.
- High school is hard. People are mean, classes are stressful, students are just beginning to think on their own and feel emotions they have never felt before. While some get through it, some don’t. And one day you might hear over the loudspeaker of your freshman honors Spanish class that a kid you went to school with had committed suicide.I remember when that happened in my school.
- I also remember feeling like Hannah Baker. I remember experiencing similar things and reacting similarly. I remember looking to others for a light that I couldn’t find on my own. and I remember feeling as lost and desperate and hopeless as she did.
- I also remember feeling like Clay… and Jessica… and Alex… I guess what I’m saying is that its real. Though, I’m sure those who haven’t experienced situations, or have only seen what they have seen, might disagree. Which brings me to my next point.
- “There are 13 sides to every story.” The show emphasizes “Hannah’s truth”, which conflicts with how other characters view the same stories she did. To me, that is extremely powerful, because again, its real. Every person will perceive a story differently and hold their own perspectives and views. BUT it is important to keep in mind that EVERYONE is entitled to their OWN truth.
- there are no degrees of badness. if you do something bad, you do something bad. creating and fueling deprecating rumors is just as bad as isolating a person or raping them. Yes, I took those examples from 13 Reasons Why. The clan of bullies wanted to pin everything on the rapist, but they forget that even though they might not have physically violated Hannah Baker, they violated her soul and emotions.
- Accountability is key… it is also a theme throughout the novel, of which there was a void of. Alex was the only character who remained accountable throughout the novel for what he did, even though it was stressful, embarrassing, and draining for him. For that, I applaud Alex.
- being a bystander to bullying is just as bad as being the bully. Clay learned that the hard way. I hope you don’t.
- The school emphasized the mantra “Suicide is not an option”, but as Alex pointed out, they shouldn’t be saying that. instead the schools should say “Bullying is not an option.” because if a person isn’t bullied so harshly, maybe they would not think suicide was an option to start with.
- Justin’s character brought light to the phrase “You don’t know what happens behind closed doors.” This is important, because everyone is struggling with something unseen. so be kind to one another.
- my last reason why is to restate something Hannah Baker said. it was the idea that when people look for signs of a suicidal and depressed person. its hard. sometimes you don’t see anything, because the sign is nothing.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal ideas or depression, speak up, get them help, and be a friend. Friends go a long way.
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