I finally finished watching the final episode of 13 Reasons Why on Sunday. It is the only show I’ve watched in which I knew one of the main characters was going to die and yet still cried when they died. I did read the book before I watched the series so I was definitely skeptical about the way they were going to bring the book to life but for a series, they did a great job!
The book covers some pretty heavy topics (namely, one of the biggest next to suicide being rape). The series did not sugar coat anything in bringing those topics to life which proved very beneficial in really portraying the weight of those types of situations.
One of the best things about the series adaptation of the book was the glimpse they gave the viewers into the lives of the other characters! In the book, as Clay listens to the tapes the reader is getting to see his thought process as he listens, but there isn’t too much said about the other characters or why they did the things they did. I felt that in the series, they demonstrated how each person’s decision-making is a byproduct of what each person is going through in their own life.
We all have different walks, and what we’ve been through/what we are going through really does affect more than just us in our private lives. It affects our communication with others, what we are drawn to, how we respond to things, and ultimately through those things other people.
I think a lot of times, people assume that the people who look the saddest are the ones who need to be reached out to. The ones who seem like they are flirting with death or contemplating suicide. The ones who wear all black and hide their faces in their hair. In the show however, Hannah Baker is portrayed as this completely normal girl. She paints her nails, her style is far from dark and gothic and, while it is evident she feels alone during her last days, nothing about her says “Help”.
I am so glad she is brought to life like this!
A lot of us have a bad habit of wanting to see someone’s character before we get to know their character. We think that if someone looks happy or even just okay that they are happy or okay. As 13 Reason’s Why highlights, this isn’t always the case at all.
The biggest takeaway from this series is not only to be kind, but to communicate. To speak up when we need help and to listen when someone else needs to be listened to. To speak up when we feel wronged and to listen to someone who believes we’ve wronged them. To talk when it’s hard and to listen when it’s hard. To take selfless action when we feel like being selfish. If we did that more often, imagine the difference we could make not only in the lives of people we cross paths with, but our own.
For the sake of spoilers, I won’t go into too much detail about 13 Reasons Why but if you haven’t read the book I suggest you do! Even if you’ve seen the series.
If you’ve seen the series, let me know what you thought about it!