This week, I am taking a little detour from diversity/culture to talk about a very relevant, and important, topic: 13 Reasons Why.
Based on the 2007 novel of the same name, 13 Reasons Why released as a Netflix series on March 31st. The show is gaining critical acclaim, and rightfully so. Centering on Hannah Baker's suicide, the plot focuses on 13 record tapes Baker left behind, each containing a reason why she killed herself. As instructed by Baker, the tapes are passed on to each person who caused her to end her life.
I haven't read the novel, but after the many recommendations of the series, I decided to give it a go.
At first, I was hesitant. Why in the world would I want to watch a series about a girl who killed herself and made lives miserable in her grave?
Before looking at this series, I didn't have any sympathy for people, especially teens, who would take their own life. I didn't understand how someone could be miserable enough to not even care about the agony they would leave behind them.
This series opened my eyes. It allowed me to see the harsh realities I ignore, disregard or shy away from.
I applaud the show for bringing up the disheartening, yet common, issues within adolescent society in such a raw, authentic way.
13 Reasons Why is not afraid to vividly depict pain, profanity, shame, grief, vulgarity, violence nor sexual assault. Each shot is thoughtfully orchestrated in a way that forces the viewer to genuinely feel the discomfort of these situations.
The series allows viewers to see the damaging impact of hateful actions, so that we can finally realize the severity of them.
Suicidal thoughts are not something to be taken lightly. If you, or anyone you know, is going through depression, PLEASE SEEK HELP. Never underestimate the significance of your existence! You are here for a great purpose. Know that whatever mess you are going through will eventually subside. Nothing in life is permanent.
Why is life worth living?
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