By: Maddie Turner
There are far more than thirteen reasons why the new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is so good; however, I am going to narrow it down a bit and focus on some of the aspects that impressed me and drew me in the most.
- The basic premise of the show involves tapes left behind after a suicide. The main character, Clay, listens to the thirteen tapes that explain what led up to Hannah’s eventual suicide–she talks about each person and event that are involved and explains her reasons for doing so. Something that really stands out during this is that the story is a mix of the present and past, so as the tapes progress, we see the aftermath of her death intertwined with her story that unfolds in the tapes.
- The series involves many difficult societal issues including sexual assault, bullying, bisexuality, pressure and mental health problems. While there have been many films and especially television shows, that include these things, they often seem like too much and unrealistic. Thirteen Reasons Why though beautifully executes these. There is true pain and personality in each of the characters which enhances the story and is completely sad yes addicting to watch.
- This is perhaps one of the easiest shows to binge-watch that I have ever seen. The entire time you are rooting for Hannah and hoping that she gets a break, but knowing how the last episode will end ahead of time makes you dread finishing the first season. Right now I only have three episodes left and I am already rooting for a second season (which may be unlikely since this is based off of a book).
- The cast is also noteworthy. I did not recognize any of the actors except for Kate Walsh who plays Mrs. Baker. There was real passion in each of them and you cannot help but to get wrapped up in their stories.
To anyone who still is not convinced to watch this show, I would highly urge you to give it a chance!