The Controversy Surrounding 13 Reasons Why

Hi guys,

This post is about the controversy surrounding 13 Reasons Why the Netflix series. For those who haven’t seen it, there are going to be spoilers, so ***SPOILER ALERT***.

The series’ message is:

  1. Your actions affect people, and what might seem little to you might not be so little for someone else
  2. People care about you, you leaving affects everyone you touched especially those close to you

13 Reasons Why has received backlash from the suicide prevention societies. Some people say the the series romanticizes suicide and doesn’t mention mental illness. Also let’s not forget that the suicide scene can be triggering for people with depression and those who self-harm.

To be honest, I agree with both sides. I think that the suicide scene can be very triggering for someone. I knew about the last 2 episodes before getting to them and I couldn’t watch them alone. My boyfriend was so kind to watch them with me. And that suicide scene was brutal. As a person who used to self-harm, I totally get how the scene can be triggering especially for people who cut or used to cut themselves (like me) because Hannah ends up slitting her wrists. I couldn’t watch all of it even with my boyfriend watching with me. Although the scene can be triggering, I don’t think that it romanticizes suicide. The scene is raw and honest (I watched bits and pieces). Slitting your wrist is very painful and you can see the pain Hannah goes through.

As for the message behind the series, I think they did a good job on that. You see the struggle Clay goes through and her parents. You see the impact it has on Alex. and the others. I think that it also portrait the books message as well.

Let me know what you think about this controversy by commentating on this post. 🙂

Lots of love,

Lia

13 Reasons Why (Netflix Series)

Hey guy!

So I finished watching 13 Reasons Why on Netflix. The series is based on Jay Asher’s 13 Reason’s Why. For those who haven’t read the book, it’s about teen suicide. Which is an important topic to cover (in my opinion) because whether we like it or not suicide does happen.

It took me awhile to finish the series because the last 2 episodes are so raw and difficult to watch that I wasn’t sure if I could watch them. The episodes are in between 49min and 61min, which is a little longer than the average 45min tv shows like Pretty Little Liars, Breaking Bad, etc. Overall, I found the series very good. It’s a little different from the book, but I think they did it justice. The changes they made were not major (except for the ending), which I found they wrapped it up nicely, because what I remember from the book is that it ended pretty suddenly ( I haven’t read the book in like 5 years). I will not go into further detail because I don’t want to spoil anything, if you choose to watch it (but WARNING: it can be triggering for people who self-harm and it can be very difficult to watch). I liked the fact that you get to see the other characters and not just Hannah and Clay like in the book. There’s also the “documentary” 13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons where the actors and producers talk about the important scenes of the show. This helped me separate the actors from their characters.

There is a controversy surrounding 13 Reasons Why and I’ll talk about it in my next post and there might be spoilers in that post.

Lots of love,

Lia