13 Reasons Why, Doesn't Glorify Death
If you haven't had a chance to check out the show, where have you been for the last couple of weeks? It should immediately be the next thing you should be adding to your playlist. If you haven't the chance to check it out, this post is SPOILER FREE and I don't discuss anything that isn't already known. It has been out for a while now and has resulted in a lot of conversation that I think you at least understand the basic concept of it.
Just to begin as a background I did read the novel first before the TV show came out. (Because I'm a hardcore nerd like that - I love reading the books to get a better understanding of the world and the characters and plus my reoccurring tagline is that 'the book was better')
why you should look into the series
I'll have to admit I've heard about this book for quite some time now since I was around 13, back was in high school (WOW - long time ago), and I was always afraid of the topic of suicide. In fact it was quite a taboo issue, despite the fact that I am apart of the younger generation. I came back to the novel at 21 and I wished that I had picked up that book at a younger age, it's an easy book to read that deals with a really complicated issue. I would still highly recommend it to anyone now, regardless of your age.
book to screen transition
When a book naturally makes the transition from book to screen, you have to be open to the possibility that it isn't going to be in every way similar. Hence my phrase the 'book was better' BUT for the sake of the sole purpose of having a focus on the issue of suicide and mental illness, I think the show did it justice by filling in the cracks on all of the 13 reasons that led to Hannah's death. I very much loved the original ending of book and found it to be very true and honest. While they did include it in the TV Show I personally found it really unnecessary to extend the possibility of there being a Season 2, but given all the speculation of how Season 1 ends it makes sense to begin season 2 with another big issue.
my opinion on this controversy
Yes I agree that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I have been reading sooo many comments about how the show glorifies death, and I strongly oppose this! The main premise of the show (and of course the book) is to be mindful of your actions, in regards to what you say, how you say it and who you say it to. For everything we do has a ripple effect and is bound to affect someone. It shows that yes, suicide is awful! (DUH - there is nothing good about it at all!) But it also shows that it can be caused by the influence and effect that other's have on an individual. This is just one example, of one story, of one particular version of someone who doesn't know how to continue on with life, and by criticising the show, I feel that those people are also adding to pain of someone who is going through a similar situation in real life.
A lot of viewers have had issues with the way that Hannah' death was portrayed in the show, stating it was too explicit! Well in the book her death isn't described in much detail at all and from the interviews I've heard from the producers and from the author, the main reason for showing Hannah's death was because they didn't want to sugar coat it! They wanted to show an example of how real, tragic and confronting suicide is and I believe that they achieved that!
Naturally when a TV show with such a controversial topic such as suicide is picked it, it is going to get mixed reviews, but never did I think it was going to be the likes of something like this. For comments such as these, I feel like we are still in a society where people don't know how to address suicide, especially teen suicide. I think this show will be the catapult for more topics of conversation in the future, that we should be openly having and not shying away from, because the topic of suicide is indeed graphic and something that we should be open to talking about in order to help those who are going through tough times.
Leave me a comment and let me know, have you seen '13 Reasons Why'? What did you think of the show? How realistic did you think the show was? Was there a particular character that you could relate to, or one that you really didn't like?