13 Reasons Why

Juliana Wade, Features Writer

From number one bestseller to Netflix original series

The new Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” has created a lot of reasons to talk since its airdate on March 31. This TV show is based off the Jay Asher book series written in 2007.

The show was adapted and recreated to depict the life of today’s more modern teen generation. Regardless of the time frame, this story is one that will leave you thinking and reflecting on the deeper issues that revolve around day-to-day human interaction and how kindness matters to the people that are hurting most.

This story is told from the point of view of a sweet and caring 17-year-old boy named Clay. He is faced with the news that his friend Hannah has committed suicide, but that is just the beginning. From beyond the grave, Hannah revisits all the times people wronged her by making each person listen to a recording of the 13 stories that led her to end her life. Gripping and heart-wrenching, this series does not shield your eyes from the taboo reality that is bullying, sexual abuse, solitude, depression and suicide.

While some viewers and suicide prevention groups feel that this show goes too far, others have argued that the show pushes boundaries intentionally. The producers attempt to replicate the uneasiness that Hannah feels in a way that the viewer can then empathize with people in real life and are struggling with the same suicidal tendencies.

The show’s captivating writing tempts even the most emotionally numb person to continue watching and opening the door to what people are dealing with daily. Ultimately, “13 Reasons Why” has started a movement that will ideally give people a reason to be kinder and more aware of the struggles people are facing in our everyday world.

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