***I want to put a disclaimer that the following post contains spoilers for the series 13 Reasons Why and talks about suicide. ***
At the end of March, Netflix released the series 13 Reasons Why based off of the book by Jay Asher with the same name. For those unaware, 13 Reasons Why is about a high school teen Hannah Baker who commits suicide. Shortest explanation ever right? It’s not entirely that simple. Before Hannah’s death, she created 13 tapes. Each tape correlates to a person she holds responsible for her death. The tapes are left with specific instructions to be passed from person to person with each person being forced to listen to all 13 tapes. Disregarding these instructions will lead to dire consequences in the form of a second set of tapes being released publicly. We follow Clay, a mild mannered somewhat socially awkward teen, as he has his turn with the tapes.
The world became infatuated by Hannah Baker and the reasons that she chose to end her life. I too got sucked into the fold. Intrigued by the content and the rationale, I finished the series within a week. Throughout my time watching my emotions ranged from anger to understanding, from sadness to rage. I’ve been seeing a lot of articles out there about how 13 Reasons Why “glamorizes” suicide. How it makes suicide seem like the easy way out of a tough situation. I don’t think those people truly understood the message of the series. There’s a lot more to this story than what’s on the surface.