13 Reasons Why, and Why It Is So Important

   “You can’t love someone back to life.”

    You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t seen or heard an advertisement for the Netflix Original Series, 13 Reasons Why adapted from the book by Jay Asher. YouTube, Pandora, Instagram. The team behind this really used platforms to their advantage to advertise. Executive producers, Selena Gomez and her mother Mandee, have been working on this project for 7 years and it finally came into the world this past Friday.

     If you haven’t read the book, you are completely missing out. I read it my freshmen year of high school, and cried for 30 minutes after the back cover had closed. When I heard of the movie adaptation, I was exhilarated. Rather than doing a full on movie, where they have to limit the storyline to 2 hours, they decided to, instead, make it into a mini series. That is 13 episodes, each an hour long, instead of just 2 hours.

    The series does an incredible job at conveying every thought, emotion, and so on and so forth. They took each character, from the book and the movie script, and made them into one. The book, as amazing as it was, tended to be cut and dry. It lasted one night. With the series, it takes place over the span of days, and adds so much depth to every aspect. You become attached to each character, feeling for them, or hating them completely. Not only is it brilliant acting, it sends out such a powerful message to everyone who has watched it.

     The directors and writers certainly didn’t try to shy away from any of the difficult parts, which I think is so important. 

     I’ll go ahead and tell you, Hannah Baker killed herself. Obviously. But before she died, she records herself telling the stories as to why it all lead up to that point. 13 reasons. (The title is basically self-explanatory.) Hannah then puts these tapes out into the world for each person to listen to and pass on to the next.
     In our world today, topics like suicide, rape, addiction, even LGBTQ, are deemed as “taboo” because no one wants to talk about it. But that’s our issue. We need to talk about it.

     13 Reasons Why does exactly this. It isn’t one of those things you watch and say “Wow, that was sad,” turn it off, and never think about it again. You watch it, and you are left in awe, because ladies and gentlemen, this is real life. This happens every single day. Everything you say and do affects the people around you. You must be so incredibly gentle with your words, and even more with your actions.

     A lot of what happens to Hannah Baker happens because of the phrases and motions of others. They never thought about what they were saying to her, doing to her, because to them, she would just get over it. To them, it was no big deal. They were blending in.

     Being cool stops when your popularity kills someone.

     I send great applause to everyone connected with this project, because I can only imagine the difficulty of some of the scenes. But for them to have shown what they showed instead of forgetting that it happened, sends a magnitude of reality to all of the viewers, especially those who have been in that place before. I’m not going to include any spoilers in here, but for those of you who have read the book or finished the series, you know exactly the scenes I am talking about.

     Our society desperately needed this as a wake up call. We are so overwhelmed with what our Instagram caption should be, or which aesthetically pleasing thought we should write to fit under 140 characters on Twitter. No one finds time to genuinely care about people anymore. We have become obsessed with ourselves and our appearances to the outside world, that nothing else matters. 

     Upon (binge)watching the show, I could name almost everyone from my graduating class in high school that had done something similar to one of the 13 events that went on.What if they had pushed someone to do that?

     Everyone is Hannah Baker. Everyone on this earth has the capability to do what she did. This show left me with that notion. I find myself seeking out other people who I know are going through things, who I see post about how they need someone on Twitter.

     They are calling out for help, and all you did was tweet about how you needed your daily Starbucks fix. 

     After finishing the last episode, I scrolled through Twitter. At the time, it was rather late at night, and as we all know, everyone tends to become a little more sad as the night falls deeper. There were about seven people tweeting things like “I wish I had someone to talk to.” I messaged everyone I saw and told them they always had someone to love them, and that someone was me.

     If everyone took two seconds to do that for someone, we could help save lives.

     13 Reasons Why can save lives.

     If you have yet to watch the series, I suggest that you start. Instead of another season of a show that won’t teach you anything, this one will stick with you for a long time.

      Just love one another, okay? Stop being cruel, obsessed people. Hannah Baker could be someone you love. I’m sure you wouldn’t like to hear your voice on a tape, saying that you were a reason why.
Until next time,


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