I have heard so many stories about me now that I don’t know which one is the most popular. But I do know which is the least popular.
It’s the truth…
13 Reasons Why is an American television series based on the famous novel with the same title by Jay Asher. The novel has received mixed reviews but the series has done pretty well ever since its release. All episodes are available to watch on Netflix and here’s my theory about the whole first season.
13 Reasons Why is an elaboration of 13 reasons/people that instigated Hannah to take her own life. What makes it unusual is that all the reasons are recorded in a series of tapes, each with a name and the reason connected to that person.
While each episode leaves you with an apt cliffhanger to look forward to, the story is nothing extraordinary and has some miniature annoying moments that you run into every now and then.
Coming soon is a post on 13 Reasons Why Soundtrack. All songs from all episodes with the YouTube links.
The beginning is the best part about the whole series. A perfect blend of drama and angst. Clay Jensen (played by Dylan Minnette) is having a rough time forgetting that his crush/school-mate Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) committed suicide. But when he receives 7 tapes, each recorded chronologically by Hannah right before she died, it immediately pulls the audience into the story in an attempt to unfold the secret along with the protagonist.
Each tape takes us through all sorts of issues that are faced by teenagers on a daily basis or once or twice in life. Bullying, harassment, assault, cyber bullying etc. Some very serious issues like rape and suicide are presented blatantly in the series. All this makes Hannah’s story deeply depressing and one is forced to think whether one incident, if avoided, could have led to saving that life.
13 Reasons Why was successful because of a totally different way of showing it. The reasons were nothing out of the world, but they were brought out in the most dramatic way. The way Hannah connected all the people and made them a part of each others secret was a mystery building to shatter them all, which in every viewer’s opinion forms a meaty television matter. The actors did a wonderful job especially the protagonists who deliver some extremely good moments and dialogues. Kate Walsh (Hannah’s mother), Miles Heizer (Alex Standall) and Brandon Flynn (Justin Foley) were among the ones who gave good performances.
Not all people on the list did something as major as Bryce, Justin, Courtney or Tyler. Some acted just as a boost to those bigger crimes, and that’s the beauty of 13 Reasons Why. People may say that accusing a friend for playing around with one’s boyfriend or taking away the daily anonymous messages from someone could in no way form a basis for someone to be so depressed. But it would have been very unnatural had there been 13 huge, devastating reasons. All the reasons, big and small, added up to the trauma Hannah went through.
Despite everything, 13 Reasons Why is not the best television series I have seen in a long time. It’s intriguing, emotional but it has some glitches and points of no interest as well. To start with, the flashbacks were confusing sometimes. The scar on Clay’s forehead was especially designed so that we know what’s happening is in a flashback or present time, and thank God for that because there was no way on Earth I could tell what was what.
Clay’s delaying the tapes and acting weirdly at the college was pretty annoying. I literally wanted to shout “get done with it” whenever he was being a complete wacko and refusing to listen to the tapes. I mean, if you really cared for someone, you would want to know what happened to them.
The story went haywire after mid season, showing a chaos of emotions from different characters, sometimes too many to handle.
In my theory, 13 Reasons Why is emotionally devastating. It’s not very mysterious but the right kind of “what happens next?”, “what could be worst than this?”. By the end, you really feel for Hannah and connect to her pain despite the fact that she attracted drama and was not a very good decision maker, because, those can be the qualities of anyone, right? It just takes one right person to make everything alright and Hannah did find one in Clay but it was too late then. It was too damn unfortunate.
13 Reasons Why has been renewed for a second season to release in 2018 which is a yayy! for me because I really really want to know what happens next and how the lives of other characters are affected post the coming out of tapes in the open.
Until next time, this is Zee signing off!
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