This post is a Masterpost of everything 13 Reasons Why. The thing that has been trending and a lot of people have a lot of different opinions about it. This includes the reviews of both the book and the Netflix show. And remember: everybody is allowed to have their own Reasons and opinions.
My thoughts on the Book
I read the book a couple of years ago, when it wasn’t trending. A couple of my friends read it too and it was an entirely new concept among us. And what I strongly felt about the book was disagreement. At a lot of different levels too. I’ve always been a person who doesn’t like self harm and at the time, I felt that the reasons just weren’t enough.
Keep in mind that in the book we don’t feel Hannah’s emotions as much as we feel throughout the show. This feeling I had about her giving up when she could have done a lot things must be because of my own personal life. Having endured a lot of things since a young age, I know I cannot take everyone’s capacity to be like mine. And taking this into account, I liked it as the idea for a book, but I did not think that this is something people should see when they themselves are going through self doubt.
What I thought about is, and still think to this day: there must be people going through something much much worse than Hannah, and after watching the show they might break.
[I did not like the announcement of the second season, mostly because it does injustice to the book but I hope that they’ll make the storyline a bit stronger and hopeful.]
After watching the Show
[This is not about the cast or the writers or the producers. I absolutely loved the show as long as it remains till the fictional story and its characters within it. I loved the whole thing, the writing, the shoots and would totally recommend someone to binge watch as long as it’s not someone with deep issues. This blog is about the story and the people living in the story.]
Nothing has drastically changed after watching the show, to be completely honest. While going into the show I still had my opinions and thoughts of the book in me. So it was difficult to think of it completely through a new lens after carrying its idea since 2 years.
What I really liked is getting to know Hannah more. We could see her through herself and not through someone else like in the book. Though at times I had this strong feeling that she could have done things to avoid a lot of it. Not all of it. But some of it at least.
Me and my friend had a discussion about it and she said, “May be when you’re in so deep with depression and self doubt, when you’re suicidal, I don’t think you really think of all the options in front of you.” True. That might be the case but not with everyone. Hannah had options, not only did she have them, she knew she had them. I was unsure if it was clear for those audiences but for me it was.
Another thing that always makes me feel bad is that: she did not leave anything for her parents. Nothing. At. All. It’s so sick to think about. She was so engrossed in making people owning her death that she forgot about her parents. It’s not something we can just let go. He parents deserved to know Why. She was their daughter, their only daughter and they were just so broken after she was gone. You could see her mother’s light drained away from the face.
She made Clay suffer for nothing.
These are some things that I strongly feel about the show. Yes, most of them do not go with the crowds. But I feel that she was petty in nature. Not completely but everyone can agree me at least a little bit. You’re not bad if you think this.
This show has a lot of potential and when I got the headline about the Netflix show of 13 Reasons Why I hoped to God that they would utilise this to the full extent.
This season did not exactly reflect hopefulness for the people who are actually suffering, but the leading work is done by the team of 13 Reasons Why. I really like the work the team and the cast is doing to help the others who are in and out of self doubt and self harm.
Yes, it sucks to be one of the people who thinks she wasn’t strong enough, but I’m saying it again, I’ve been through a lot since my childhood and am surrounded by strongest people I’ve ever seen, off screen and on screen. So this article may be biased by that quality of mine.
It did prove to be a huge success and a really good show otherwise and may be a lot of the people did get help after watching this and seeing all the effect it can have on people.
Oh, I really hope the coming season shows up with a stronger capacity than ever.