13 Reasons Why is meaningful and complex

April 11, 2017

 A book dealing with a girl’s suicide, Thirteen Reasons Why, just got its own Netflix series adaptation with the same name. 

 

 

Dylann Minnette as Clay Jensen (L) and Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker who work together at the movie theater.

 


Dealing with many issues, Hannah Baker, played by Katherine Langford, decides to take her own life and explain in detail the events that led to her decision via 13 tapes intended for 13 people to listen.

 

The series deals with many real life problems people might deal with and shed  light how they affect different people in different ways. 


It is very real in showing the audience how actions always have consequences, and sometimes those consequences are life or death. 


It might be true that actions speak louder than words, but in 13 episodes you’re told that some words are also very important, and can have repercussions bigger than the word itself. 


Throughout the series, you are left wondering who could have done what, and the suspense makes you feel rather uneasy, but watching to the end is a must. 


The series hooks you from the beginning, making you feel like you need to watch just one more episode. 


The characters are all, well most of them, relatable. 


The development in their actions make you feel almost guilty for not being able to do anything but watch.

 
Sometimes you will love them, sometimes you will hate them, but all the time, you’ll feel as though you were in the very same high school where all the characters deal with repressed emotions.

 
And that is what the show does best: show you people’s feelings without the need of telling you. 


It shows you, explicitly, everything that happened and doesn’t hold back on telling you Hannah’s story. 


The reality of it makes you realize everything is not always rainbows, and forces you to see the true colors of people and society.

 

And that’s good, because it tells a story that needs to be told, that needs to be heard. 


In the end, the Netflix adaptation tells a meaningful, yet complex story that mostly stays true to the original source. 


It adds plot points and outside stories that just answer questions that were unanswered in the book, and tells many stories without taking anything away from the main focus of the story.


It can teaches the audience everything that her decision led to, once again sticking to the moral of the story: actions have consequences. 


I give this show 5 out of 5 stars.

 

Everyone should watch it, as it can help someone going through life’s misfortunes. 


If you or someone you know is in need of assistance call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.

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