13 Reasons Why: My Point of View
Why I Love It
Everybody has been going crazy over this Netflix series, so I had to watch it and see for myself if I would love it as much as Lady Gaga and Ellen Degeneres did. Just the mere fact that it was an adaptation of Jay Asher's 2007 novel of the same name, and that it was initially planned to be a Universal Pictures movie where Selena Gomez would portray the role of Hannah Baker, it was enough drive to find out what this hot potato is all about.
Brian Yorkey made the right decision of turning this to a series because of its innovative idea, and the entire concept really is just so ingenious that I got hooked easily from the 1st episode to the last. It was too intriguing that I have actually watched all 13 episodes in just 2 days! The entire cast deserves infinite applause on the quintessential acting done to portray the characters!
At the drop of a hat, I would definitely say that this TV series is worth watching. Who wouldn't be fascinated with a story that uses recorded tapes as a medium to uncover the death of a teenage girl? Moreover, the anticipation of Clay's tape was really where the excitement came from.
I love the lines. They were so well-written. The way that the actors have delivered their dialogues just captured the audience's fascination on what was going to happen next. What is the root of their reaction? Where is it coming from? There were lines about life and the world we live in that really stuck in my head. I particularly love Hannah's narration on episode 10 when she said, "Sometimes things just happen to you. They just happen. You can't help it. But it's what you do next that counts.Not what happens but what you decide to do about it." This is a is general fact about life and can be applied as a rule to any kind of situation. It feels good that this TV series conveyed this message to the audience as an eye opener.
I love Clay's unrequited love for Hannah, which turned out to be something that is actually mutual. There is always that feeling of regret for both of them always thinking about the "What ifs" but at least in the end, Clay has learned that the feelings he had wasn't one-sided.
13 Reasons Why is no doubt an amazing series with an approval rating of 91% published by Rotten Tomatoes based on 32 reviews. This is all thanks to its originality, good storyline, superb casts, dialogues, narrative and characterization. It is overall, a TV series that nobody should miss.
What I Hate About It
I hate the deviation on the novel's story about how Hannah had killed herself. The TV series showed explicit cutting of her wrists instead of just taking pills which is what was written in the novel. It was hard for me to watch that part though it was reasonable enough to make it more dramatic.
I felt infuriated over Hannah's character for making people's lives miserable. She didn't get the attention she needed when she was alive. Did she think she was going to get that 6 feet under if they all joined her in her grave? She was completely dispirited for all the bad things that happened to her life but she didn't have to end it and take revenge on the teenagers who were part of her misery. In the end, Alex Standall shot himself in the head but the rest of the kids could've done the same. Did she seriously want all the those people in the list to die just like her? She was clearly so self-centered.
Hannah was a drama queen and Marcus was right on episode 6 when he said that Hannah just wanted attention. She could've gotten the attention she needed when she was alive, only if she talked to her parents. Or she could've even talked to Clay about things that are going worst and that are starting to get out of hand. It was Hannah's choice to hook up with Justin, which is where the bullying started. If she hadn't been such a flirt, Justin wouldn't have taken her as an easy girl. She didn't get the respect that she wanted, not because Justin, Bryce, Marcus and Zach were as#holes. It was because of the motive and negative signals she had passed on to one guy who consequently passed it on to the other guys. The bullying, rape and complete disrespect of the guys was a magnetic aftermath that Hannah brought to herself for being with the wrong crowd, wrong place and for making the wrong decisions over and over. Hannah really brought too much chaos on her friends, her school mates, her parents and the school. She was really good in expressing herself through the tapes. If she had told anyone, she wouldn't have inflicted pain on herself and to other people.
Thirteen Reasons Why Paperback – June 14, 2011 by Jay Asher
There were changes in the TV series though the concept was adapted by Netflix. I'm sure you're curious to find out what changes were done so that you could have your own comparison of the paperback novel and the TV series. This is a best seller and a definite must-have.