My Two Cents on "13 Reasons Why"


I know I don't normally write reviews about anything, but recently I just finished this new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why" which apparently gained quite a lot of great feedback from people who watched it, and I too decided to give it a go because some of my friends who I considered intellectual (though most of the time also mentally-ill, LOL sorry guys but you know it's true) recommended it to me and said it was a must watch. And if I managed to finish all the 13 parts in 2 days, I'd have to admit that what they said was legit.

"13 Reasons Why" was a Netflix series adapted from a novel with the same title written by Jay Asher. The main story line was about Hannah Baker, a high school sophomore who decided to gave up her life by doing suicide. After she died, she left some messages by recording them into 7 tapes which each side of the tape was dedicated to the person who was the reason behind her decision of ending her own life.



This series has brought me on an emotion roller coaster which I love, but also hate at the same time. At first, I wanted to hate Hannah for being such a drama queen for exaggerating on everything but when I listened to what she had to say on the last tapes, my heart broke together with hers and all I wanted to do was give her a big hug and bring her back to life.

Each tape will make you understand better why someone could actually wish to stop feeling everything and give up living. Those small things that we may thought didn't really matter, they actually can have the power to do all the things we can never imagine to other people.


Since I'm not going to spoil every detail of the series here, I'll just share some of the points that I could pick from the  tapes that Hannah has passed down:

1. The world is already such a messed place. I initially planned to use a much more explicit word for the adjective, but for now I think I'd settle with this one. Every problem portrayed in this series was so real and those were only ones that happen to ONLY high school students who haven't really experienced the 'real world'. Plus, the habit of it which worshiped the 'cool people' just because of how they present themselves and ditched those who don't belong to the group was kinda making me sick (referring to the scene where Bryce got all the recognition and people love him when he was just one freaking pathetic person inside). That is why guys, the least we can do to help this world is don't be such jerks who ruin people's lives by their existence, we already have enough of them.

2. Apparently, it's not only what we do that can hurt other people, what we don't do can sometimes bring pain too. How many times have we been hesitant to do something just because we don't have enough guts to do it, or just because we were too shy? When your heart moves you to do something good to other people, just do it because we'll never know if they needed it. Sometimes, just a simple one second 'hi' can brighten up someone's whole day.


3. Concealing what you feel inside does no good, share them with others. Name it happiness, grief, excitement, fear, anything you can feel. Maybe not to everyone, but just one or a few people will do. Please, never feel like you're alone in this world, because you are not (literally, and figuratively).

4. Regret never make good friends with anyone. Avoid it if you can, but when what's done is done, move forward, do better and make sure such thing won't ever happen again to any other people; it's the only option available.

5. Everything.. affects everything. It probably will always remain mystery how everything in this world is actually connected one to another in anyway possible. But I do believe that when what we do actually can bring impact to other things, then the rightest thing to do is just do the best we can whenever possible, right? It may be impossible to do all the time but at least we can try, can't we?


So, as a conclusion, will I recommend this series? Man, when I, who don't write much, dedicated a whole blog post only for this, you know the answer already. I love the fact that this series doesn't revolve around silly teenagers love story (let the K-drama do this for us) and bring us to another point of view that maybe never came across our mind before, Watch it but be prepared for explicit words and scenes that probably may be inappropriate for under-aged kids and narrow-minded people.

Have you heard about "13 Reasons Why" before, or have you watched the series? If you have, you can share me your thoughts about it and I'd love to hear them! Thank you for reading this random scratch here, hope you have a good Sunday!

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