13 Reasons Why is a book turned into a Netflix original written by Jay Asher. A young girl, Hannah Baker, commits suicide shortly after recording tapes about why she killed herself. There are thirteen tapes and each tape is about a certain person who played a role in Baker’s life, leading up to her death.
I praise the producers for trying to send a message and awareness about teen suicide. However, along the way, many errors surface. In my opinion, here is everything wrong with 13 Reasons Why.
In episode 13 it shows, what may be believe, a very graphic depiction of Baker’s suicide. Baker, fully dressed, draws a bath. She lays in the overflowing tube breathing for the last time. Hannah slits her wrist and bleeds to death.
Getting the point across about how truly terrible suicide is, is definitely there. Written in the book, Baker overdoses. Why was her suicide changed? “... If you’re going to watch it, you want to show it as horrific as it actually is,” Author, Jay Asher told EW. “So the way she does it, you can’t watch it and feel like it’s glamorized in any way. It looks and is painful, and then when she’s found by her parents, it absolutely destroys them.”
On cassette 7 side A, is all about Mr. Porter, the guidance counselor. Baker admits that she is thinking about committing suicide. Sadly, Mr. Porter did not do anything to help. Once, Baker stepped out of his office, she waited. She waited for Porter to go after her and try to reach out and help but does not. This event showed to Baker that nobody cares enough to put effort into saving her.
I was completely disgusted that the scene of Bryce Walker raping Baker made it into the final cut. It’s one thing to discuss it but to show it. How does that make people feel who were in the position?
There are minor problems about the show; however, there is nothing really wrong with the plot. I applaud for the conversion starting from the series. It really shows how terrible suicide can be but should have gone through different routes than what the cast and crew decided to do.