I recently watched the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. If you haven’t heard of it, it is about a teenage girl who commits suicide.
I don’t have a well-thought out analysis. It brings up many topics and I have no one to discuss them with. I have not read other writings on the series yet.
I am far past my high school years, my daughter graduates this year. She has seen the show but doesn’t talk to me about much of anything.
SPOILER ALERT: There are spoilers throughout this post, and the series unravels slowly. so if you plan on watching it, read this afterwards.
I don’t know where to start, so I am going to ramble.
One thing that troubled me personally, was the suicide scene. Not so much that it was graphic or disturbing (they did have warnings). Just that it depicted how she did it. I know you can google anything, but some people don’t complete suicides because they don’t know how .
The movie tackles issues like gossip, social media, stalking, drunk driving. Objectification, sexual assault and rape.
It makes you think about some of the common statements people say about suicide, that people act out for attention. About suicide awareness or anti-bullying campaigns and how effective they are. And, that how it is said it was the person’s choice and no one’s fault. It makes you think about personal responsibility and if someone could have done something to stop them.
I thought it was well-done. You start out as confused as the main character and things slowly reveal themselves.
It is one viewpoint but it could spur discussions.
I guess I will go read what others have wrote. If you have seen it and have any thoughts I would like to hear them.
I think high school has changed from when I was a teen and it was not easy then. There was not social media. People did not drug drinks. Maybe I am wrong, but it seemed safer in that respect.
Bullying was not addressed and suicide was not talked about. They didn’t have the number of anti depressants as today and there was even more stigma on getting psychological help.
I was left wondering what the main male character, Clay, had done. He did what Hannah asked and had his own emotions. There was a whole series of horrible events that she would not have witnessed had he stayed when she told him to leave, but you can’t blame him for that.
It went into the realm of non-consensual sex and how not saying “yes” means “no”. How the young man felt since she came to his party and went in the hot tub she was willing.
There is so much more.
I am going to post now. I may edit and add as I think of things.