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“13 Reasons Why” Spoiler Free Review

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     The series, 13 Reasons Why, is one of the most talked about topics in the media right now. The show is about a girl, Hannah Baker, who commits suicide, but doesn’t leave a note for her family and friends describing why she made the tough decision. Instead, she records 13 tapes, each with a reason why she took her own life, the tapes were only sent to those mentioned on the recordings. Throughout season one, you follow Clay Jensen and his journey to listening to the tapes. It’s an emotional rollercoaster for both the character and the viewer.

     The show is meant to raise awareness for suicidal teens and children with problems at home; there was an extra episode made for the show, named Behind the Reasons, which explains the meaning behind each episode and interviews the author of the book, which the show it was based off of, which is also named 13 Reasons Why. The show’s writers also explain that their website, thirteenreasonswhy.com, is also a source for teens to get help in their mission to help teens who are afraid to come forward as Hannah Baker was.

     Although the show is only meant to help teens, it is also getting lot of backlash since the director chose to show Hannah taking her life and because the show seemed to romanticize suicide. In Behind the Reasons, the author and director mention that they decided to show Hannah slitting her wrists because they wanted to portray the pain and show that suicide is not an option. But many viewers felt that by showing Hannah’s suicide, it might even encourage teens to kill themselves. Also, the series had the main character, Clay, more interested in Hannah because she took her own life.

     Molly Ford, 8th grader, watched the Netflix series and had mixed opinions about it, “I thought that 13 Reasons Why romanticized suicide because it seemed that Clay Jensen was in love with Hannah Baker because she was hurt”. This is the main reason that Molly felt the series was inaccurate. She also talks about how suicide is discussed in our culture, “…because in a world where suicide is often romanticized just because people think it’s cute to see when people hurt, so they want to fix them.  It’s like we don’t need another example of that.” even after not enjoying the show, Molly recommends 13 Reasons Why so people can see what suicide should not be viewed as.

     13 Reasons Why is a highly addicting show, which viewers tend to binge watch. It is recommended to watch the show and spread awareness of suicide prevention, but it is also important to keep in mind that all of the 13 reasons may not be as realistic and should not be reasons to take your own life.

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“13 Reasons Why” Spoiler Free Review