After seeing the hype on Twitter I figured I might as well give 13 Reasons Why a go. Despite the warnings that it’s triggering for those who have suffered and have contemplated suicide I delved in. 

I didn’t want to like this, and to be honest I was watching for the sake of watching. The thing that hooked me was waiting to see what the hell Clay had done. Why was this sweet guy on the tapes? Eventually you find out but I am not giving any spoilers away I would just say watch it. That being said, it’s not life changing, the concept is good but I felt VERY sad. Even days after finishing it I was in a terrible mood. Saying it’s triggering is an understatement. I love having baths, and I couldn’t bring  myself to have one because I was scared. It’s been years since any serious suicidal thoughts engulfed my brain, yet I found myself terrified of what I might do. 

Once I’d finished the season I had to call my boyfriend as some kind of distraction. He’s pretty silly and always finds a way to make me laugh even when I really don’t want to. 

The plot has a unique concept, I do think they should have focused more on the pain of people left behind. Suicide is a delicate subject, I feel they spent too long showing her reasons why (name of the show so this was inevitable) and they spent WAY to long showing her actually commit suicide, this was over the mark in my opinion. They could have done without that. 

I feel more time should have been spent showing the parents pain, while this was shown it wasn’t the main focus and it should have been. When you’re in the mind set of contemplating suicide you aren’t thinking about others, you think no one cares and everyone would be better off without you. – NOT the case. 

What worries me is the amount of people who have seen this that are under the age of 18. This is an 18, Netflix don’t do a great deal to police this. Young teenagers in a similar situation to Hannah will have watched this and may not be mature enough (no offence) to notice the hidden message of there are other options. This scares me greatly. 

If you haven’t seen this, you’ve probably saved yourself some heartache. If you’re desperate to join the hype, just be in the right mindset. 

TRIVIA 

  • Jay Asher was inspired to write the book when a family member tried to commit suicide. Some of the events that happen to Hannah are events that happened to teen girls in real life. He interviewed his wife and female colleagues for things that were hard or things they have never gotten over.
  • If you search for Clay’s home address on Google Earth street view (231 Bayview Street, San Rafael, CA), you are able to see the filming crews set up around the address and Tony’s red Ford Mustang parked out front.
  • Tony’s cross tattoo on his wrist contains a semi colon which is the symbol for depression and suicide awareness.
  • Katherine Langford auditioned for both the roles of Hannah and Jessica before she landed the lead role.
  • Jay Asher originally wanted to title the book “Baker’s Dozen: The Autobiography of Hannah Baker”. “A baker’s dozen” is one more than a normal dozen, also known as 13.
  • Katherine Langford purchased a piano while staying in San Rafael, CA during filming. She would play it to help comfort herself between takes when feelings would become overly intense.
  • Scenes that take place prior to Hannah’s suicide tend to have a warm color palette; those that occur after are cooler in tone.
  • After reading the book the series is based on, Selena Gomez, along with her mother Mandy Teefey and producer Kristel Laiblin, brought the book to producing company Anonymous Content for a screen adaptation. Gomez was previously attached to star in the project back in 2012 when it was still set up as a film at Universal.
  • Shooting was so difficult, they had therapy dogs visit the set. The series covers many heavy issues, including depression, suicide, and sexual assault, to name a few, so naturally the stars would need cheering up every once in awhile. “I know there was one scene, I wasn’t around, but they had therapy dogs on set. There was a puppy per hour,” Minnette recalled in a recent interview.
  • Many of the cast members met with specialists and psychologists to learn and understand their characters situations.
  • Christian Navarro had to learn to drive and get his license before filming started to be able to drive the red Ford Mustang seen in the series.
  • Alex has a Joy Division poster on his wall, whose lead singer died by suicide.
  • Reportedly, Katherine Langford got cast for the role of Hannah through a Skype audition
  • After wrapping production, Selena Gomez, Alisha Boe, and Tommy Dorfman all got matching tattoos on their forearms of a subtle black semicolon, which represents and symbolises mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
  • The character Skye is played by Sosie Bacon, who is the daughter of actor Kevin Bacon and actress Kyra Sedgwick.
  • The actress who plays Hannah, Katherine Langford, is Australian and carried out her entire role faking an American accent.
  • The name Hannah is a palindrome that represents the two sides of the tapes she records.
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