Netflix Series Sparks Conversation

“13 Reasons Why,” the new must-see show, pushes the envelop in graphic depiction of teen angst and suicide.

The “New York Times” best-selling novel “13 Reasons Why” by Jay Asher recently took to the silver screen as a new original Netflix series. Directed by Tom McCarthy and written by Brian Yorkey, the show was released on March 31 and has been rated four out of five stars in Common Sense Media.

     This American television show includes two points of view: entertainment and moral. It is similar to the show “Pretty Little Liars,” but with a more realistic twist. This show pertains to young adults, high schoolers or anyone above the age of thirteen who is looking for a powerful, real and saddening series.

The show portrays main character Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) as a confident and perceptive person who walked the halls of Liberty High School, but unfortunately took her life for 13 reasons.

Before her suicide, she recorded 13 cassette tapes to give her former “friends.” In those tapes, she reveals why she killed herself and who was to blame for her death. Along with the tapes, each person receives instructions on how to listen to the tapes and a map to visit each spot where Hannah had her most significant nightmares, so they could feel her pain.

Throughout the show, another main character, Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette), is overwhelmed when he receives a strange box on his front door steps. Clay struggles with understanding why his name is on a cassette as he considered Hannah his high school sweetheart and best friend. Clay had suffered enough with the death of Hannah, but hearing her voice again messes up his 17-year-old life.

According to the Los Angeles Times, this show brings together the ideal parts of high school including “high school drama about bullies and victims, jocks and nerds, popular girls and outcasts.”

All the characters on the tapes suffer with at least one issue that comes with being a teen, some bigger and more serious than others, but all relatable to anyone watching the show.

This Netflix hit is recommended towards, “Teenagers and young adults,” freshman Emily Pedersen said. “Not children under highschool, because it’s really intense with rape and it shows [Hannah Baker] killing herself, which I don’t think younger children would be able to watch.”

The countless public and media opinions about this new Netflix series are mixed, but overall the positives outweigh the negatives while viewers finish the season.   

“It’s a really good storyline and you get close to the characters a lot, because it’s super relatable like there’s at least one character that you can relate to yourself,” freshman Kayla Grenke said.

Overall, this new show gives an intricate view on the secret perspective of depression and teenagers.