13 Reasons Why: the tv show // a review

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SPOILERS THROUGHOUT REVIEW!

I’ll admit, I read the book by Jay Asher a very long time ago. So long ago that I didn’t really remember the plot. I knew the concept, I knew that Clay was surprise surprise didn’t actually do something terrible. But did I remember the characters or anything? Nope. There has been so much controversy regarding this show and can I just call myself neutral?

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  • Firstly, I want to say that I felt 13rw certainly was an engaging show and provided a well paced plot that had me hooked. It was well done in regards to it’s plot and I really enjoyed that aspect of it.
  • The characters were also well done. They were so diverse, I lived off of it. I liked Clay Jenson and his portrayal in the show. Not to mention, all the other characters, as horrible as some of them were, I felt they were real. They had life to them and story and reacted in ways that seemed realistic. (+ I’ll admit Hannah did make being a loner look cool)
    • For example, the characters constant struggles regarding Hannah. It was clear that they didn’t mean to hurt Hannah but they did and it is human to struggle with that idea. That you were in the wrong.
  • The flashbacks were well done as well. They weren’t confusing when the shifts were made. It was clear (at least to me) when they were in the past or the present. The flashbacks also provided a better insight on Hannah’s story from her perspective, something I remember the novel never did.

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  • I disliked the ending. I felt that Alex Standall’s story was cut short. Okay he shot himself in the head but didn’t die. I wanted more info on that, I wanted to know the why. I also felt that even though Hannah’s tapes were over, the end was so not final. What happened to the fucking rapist Bryce? He deserves to rot in a cell, but it was never concluded what would happen to him. I really wanted to know more about what happened next. I even wanted to know how Hannah’s parents would react after listening to the tapes. There was so much I wanted to know, I suppose maybe we will find out in Season 2.
  • I felt that the representation was okay, but not good enough. Alone, the story line and concept was kind of…wrong. I feel like with depression such as the kind that Hannah experienced, there is no real reason or reasons why they commit suicide. This is purely my opinion.
  • I also disliked how long the show was. I didn’t need to watch like 11 episodes before getting to Clay’s tape. While the story is purely about Hannah, I felt the point was Clay. He was the mystery so what did he do? Yes yes, clever 13 episodes for 13 reasons why, however this felt overdone.

Overall, I enjoyed 13 Reasons Why. While the show is certainly a depressing one and I don’t recommend watching too much at once, it was good. It was thrilling and made you feel so many emotions. It certainly had it’s faults, I have no doubt about that but it wasn’t a terrible show.

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6 thoughts on “13 Reasons Why: the tv show // a review

  1. I agree with a lot of what you said! I binge watched the entire series the weekend it came out. I thought that it had a lot of flaws, but, like you said, it was engaging. I think I would have actually enjoyed the show more had I not read the novel recently. They have officially announced a season 2, and I know a lot of the book lovers in the world have a problem with that because there is only 1 book, but personally, I am looking forward to seeing the way the show expands the story and where it takes the characters I had grown fairly attached to. They said that Hannah Baker is no longer going to be the narrator, and for that I am thankful. She was one of my least favorite characters in the show. I thought there were people who, morally, were much worse than her, but their actual characters didn’t irritate me the way Hannah did.

    I had to write a review of the series for my school newspaper, and I found it incredibly difficult to cover all my thoughts & feelings for the whole series, but you did a great job!

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

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    1. Thank you for such a spectacular comment. I really appreciate that you took the time to write this all out. Writing this review I felt was risky… a lot of people have issues with the show. Personally, i really liked Hannah, she was a loner and i’m a loner at school and she made it look cool, like there was absolutely nothing wrong with being alone which was awesome. I read the book a LONG time ago and didn’t really remember it. As for S2, I heard something that the second season was literally the first season but from a different perspective?

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  2. I liked this show, mainly for personal reasons. Like you said, it had its faults, but it hit really close to home for me at a time that it was super relevant. So, I liked it! I’ve watched it twice now and cried both times.

    Just a little suggestion though: you included a lot of spoilers in this. I’ve watched it already, so I know, but there might be someone who hasn’t read or watched it yet! You should give a heads up šŸ™‚

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. Sorry for not replying to this sooner, school had just been ending…plus the usual I’m terrible at responding to comments. Anyway, I did read it and I did change it that day. Thank you for telling me.

      AND YES, 13rw hit close to home for me as well and well it just made it that much more meaningful. It makes me kinda sad when people are disgusted by such a show. *Shrugs* thanks for the comment Molly!

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  3. Hi! I am so happy I found this blog. I was literally just wondering the other day if I’d find a blog that talked about this. I loved 13 reasons why. You’re right–the show did make Hannah, the loner, look cool! lol
    I think a lot of the issue was that parents were intimidated by the show because they saw the word suicide. But it glorified, or represented much more than suicide. It represented Dedication. Clay was so dedicated to Hannah. He was a true friend. It revealed the true life struggles we face in highschool such as: Worried about being accepted (Courtney not coming out of closet) and the rumors we cant ignore (Jessica being raped).

    Alex’s story was indeed cut short. Did you know there is going to be a second season next fall??? I am so happy! Hopefully it fills us in on what Alex was struggling with. Did you notice, in the last episode, Clay waved over to that girl (who worked in the coffee shop, with the piercings/tattoos) …I wonder what that was about. Maybe he felt like she was suicidal too, so he wanted to reach out and possibly help.
    AWESOME review!

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    1. Wow, thank you so much. This comment truly made my day. I apologize for responding to this so late, I am VERY bad at responding to comments. Yes! I did know there was going to be a second season, however I heard that the second season would be the first season but from a different characters perspective? I have no idea if that was true.I didn’t notice clay waving to the girl (I think her name was Skye??), perhaps. Or maybe because they used to be close friends that was his way of trying to make it up to her. Thank you again for such a lovely comment. ā¤

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