13 Reasons Why: Exclusive review, and how it should change viewers.
“I feel like if this is what we’re going to talk about, we might as well as do it in a way that’s honest, is real, and stays true to the book,” she said. “So all the questions that came up, and all the talk about it is valid and I understand it. That stuff is uncomfortable for people to talk about, but it is happening and hopefully, it opened the door for people to actually accept what’s happening and actually go and change it, talk about it.”
– SELENA GOMEZ
When a creative takes their talent and places it right in front of you, chances are there is a topic they want you to hear and feel.
Unfortunately, some fail at delivering the message, leaving them with an unwatched film and hopefully, motivation to try again… because that’s what creatives do, create endlessly.
There’s no doubt, the series “13 Reasons Why,” had a huge impact on not only teens who are attempting to navigate high school but their parents as well.
With that in mind, it’s important to remember the reasons behind each tape, and to understand it could be anyone…
It could be anyone you know.
Sure, maybe the school was set at a fictional high school but, each of us have found issues which we can all relate with, bullying, isolation, loss, grief, addiction and even friendships completely failing.
Who didn’t feel like an ant in the sea of your classmates?
Hannah Baker’s purpose was to say “hey, this can be happening to anyone,” she was just the girl who most remembered with grace.
The fact is, we don’t know exactly what happens behind closed doors. And yeah, maybe there is a happy picture on Facebook but skin is just a decoy. It’s what’s happening inside that matters, especially for a person’s mental health.
13 Reasons Why did not fail to shine a light on the LGBTQ community.
Did you know the first LGBT related kiss happened in 1991 from the American L.A Law series episode, “He’s a Crowd.” Further, the kiss occurred between C.J. Lamb and Abby Perkins.
To be frank, it is LGBTQ Pride month. And the perfect way to bring forward a light on “coming out,” and being proud.
The emotions were incredible, and no actor held back, from the cast to the crew, they made it look like a breeze, toying with our emotions, that’s art.
The actions you take have consequences.
Another important idea to factor in while watching the show is that actions do have consequences.
Whether those actions be good or bad. And in some cases, more than bad.
They say, when you love someone you’d do anything to protect them, and yes, there are people in the world who will die with “a secret,” but regardless, everyone has them, right?
The show puts into perspective how important it is to avoid “reacting,” and pushing into play “analyzing,” as we saw with Clay in that surprise episode, that Positive Celeb won’t spoil.
Mental health awareness and 13 Reasons Why.
The inception of 13 Reasons Why came with a goal, and that was to raise awareness about mental health in particular.
The struggles we see our favorite characters go through are relatable to life. Although, some did argue the “broomstick,” episode was “going too far.”
But was it?
Every single generation, something changes, just take a look at style.
For example, go rummage through your parent’s year-book and you’ll see right away, high hair, leg warmers, fully dressed men and women, almost always looking “classy,” if you want to put a label on it.
Last, compare it to yours, everything, the verbiage, the tones, the “don’t forget to call me messages.”
Times change, and that’s unavoidable.
What if kids don’t spew out everything that happens to them?
Further, when it comes to writing a script there is a lot of detective work and criteria to understand before you begin a project like “13 Reasons Why.”
Do you know if they interviewed someone in secret about what happened to them at x high school 3,000 miles from you?
Nobody knows but what we do know it’s not unheard of and of course after that kind of trauma you’re likely to keep your mouth closed, forever.
Personally, it was brutal, but sometimes you need a splash of cold water in the face to wake up.
Certainly, many walk down the halls and say hello to their stranger friends. And maybe others still choose to live within their habits, you know, the ones they can’t seem to break because who knows what’s going on in their life, at home.
There are always two sides to every pancake, the burnt one, and the buttery one. And “13 Reasons Why,”showed their audience that while one perspective, (seeing Tyler with the police), versus what Tyler was actually doing, (helping the police) is two different worlds.
That’s why it’s important to communicate and understand.
LAUREN HOFFMAN best known for her critic online missed one tiny detail about the show, leaving her opinion moot, she shared:
“The series is so enamored with this idea of Hannah as someone who does things to others that it neglects to tell us who she is herself. That’s not only a failure to tell a story to its best and fullest extent; it’s a missed opportunity on a broader scale.”
Hoffman forgot to take notice into what other people thought of Hannah.
13 Reasons Why showed us the typical picture you would expect from a young girl, entering high school, anxiety, fear of rejection, bullies, falling in love with the wrong person, and most importantly, not noticing who would have loved you and treated you well.
I beg to differ by saying Hannah was more than “just a girl,” she’s THE girl WHO changed every single character’s life, had she not given up, maybe those friendships would have never begun, and maybe more lives would have been lost.
High school is much like the food chain, rabbits at the bottom, predators at the top.
Rabbits must sometimes lose their life to protect their family.
In any case, Hannah was loved, she was remembered because she shared the truth, and maybe saying it out loud was too difficult.
Hannah Baker, prevented rapes, life-long trauma, yet also caused death.
That is what I call life, we don’t know Lauren Hoffman or the “other side,” that comes before writing, true?
With that in mind, if you haven’t watched “13 Reasons Why,” don’t let reviews like those hold you back, if you pay attention and translate the communication properly, then you will see a show with many pondering thoughts about the world.
Not only that, it will teach you, more than you could ever imagine.
Just let it happen.