Most people shy away when they hear those words.
And most of the pressing issues today are being shied away from because they’re uncomfortable to talk about. But we need to talk about these things if we want to solve them.
So, I finished Netflix’s 13 Reason’s Why last week. I wasn’t looking forward to watching it because I kind of forgotten about it the minute I finished reading it. The message of the novel is important, but it didn’t leave a huge impact on me back in 2012. However, I still decided to watch it out of curiosity and because I wanted to remember what happened without re-reading the book 1I’ll probably still re-read it because who am I kidding?.
This is not a spoiler-free review. I think it’s one of those shows that is needed to be watched in full before being discussed.
First and foremost, I would like to applaud the whole cast and crew for doing such a good job. Most of the actors are fresh and new but they acted so well and gave the characters life.
I loved that the series had two timelines–flashback and present-day. And that they used different color gradings to distinguish the two–everything was bright and sunny while Hannah was still alive and everything turned gray and blue when she died.
But what I loved the most was that they didn’t water down the graphic scenes of rape and suicide. They showed it full-on, no holds-barred.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate gory scenes. I love watching horror films but count me out if there’s a gory scene. However, it’s important to show the whole rape and suicide scenes without sugar-coating anything because that’s how it is in real life. It’s not quick, it’s painful and slow. I actually watched the suicide scene peeking through my fingers because it was so heartbreaking to watch Hannah end her life. And when her parents found her I just about lost it.
Also, I love how this series shows the importance of parent-child relationship. Hannah had a good relationship with her parents but they didn’t talk much regarding her issues. I guess she didn’t want to tell them because she thinks she’d add more to their problems 2They were having financial problems at the time..
I can relate so much to Hannah in that aspect because Filipino parents aren’t known as being straightforward with their children. I didn’t get “the talk” growing up, I had to learn through school 3I studied in Catholic schools my whole life and we watched animated videos in Biology when the topic of reproductive system was brought up. See, sex-ed does matter, Catholic schools. and by reading novels. I was only told to avoid having a romantic relationship until I’m an adult and to avoid becoming pregnant until I’m married.
They’re sensible advice but the discussion ended there. My parents aren’t great with talking about sensitive issues because they’re conservative. Like Alex’s dad, they like to sweep it under the rug. But we need to talk about things head-on in order to understand each other best.
My mother actually caught me watching this show while Jessica’s rape scene was playing. Of course her first reaction was anger and disgust. She thought it was a sex scene I was watching. TBH, I don’t think her impression would change if she knew it was a rape scene. Of course she’d find it appalling but why would I watch such a thing? Why would anyone? The thing is, these things do happen in real life and we can’t look away from it or else we risk someone becoming another Hannah or Jessica.
As for the ending, I have a love-hate relationship with it because it’s so open-ended, which is a good thing if they’re going to make a second season. I’m just not sure if I want one because the premise of the show has been fulfilled–we now know the 13 reasons why Hannah killed herself. But of course, I do want to know what happened to the other characters’ story lines. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. And who am I kidding? I’d definitely watch season 2.
Also, am I the only one in love with the soundtrack? The songs and their lyrics are always right for the scene
I meant to publish this right away but couldn’t find the time to write it in the midst of organizing my requirements for my new work and other social activities. I actually went out a lot with my high school friends 4Yes, friendships after high school do exist last week, which is a pleasant surprise.
I have also been busy packing because we leave early Wednesday to Iloilo, my mother’s home province. Our flight back is Monday night next week but I’ll bring my laptop with me so I can return your comments and possibly post something 5I have a lot of drafted posts that I couldn’t seem to finish lmao..
Footnotes [ + ]
|1.||⇡||I’ll probably still re-read it because who am I kidding?|
|2.||⇡||They were having financial problems at the time.|
|3.||⇡||I studied in Catholic schools my whole life and we watched animated videos in Biology when the topic of reproductive system was brought up. See, sex-ed does matter, Catholic schools.|
|4.||⇡||Yes, friendships after high school do exist|
|5.||⇡||I have a lot of drafted posts that I couldn’t seem to finish lmao.|
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