There are Hannah Bakers everywhere..
Yeah! I saw 13 Reasons why and thought to myself - Sure! This evoked a myriad of feelings of anger, resentment, regret and a variety of other such negative feelings that could otherwise be sorted with things like Zoloft or low THC cannabis.
What i don't get is the furor about what it means in the public eye and the potential damage something like that can do to people ..Well Kristen Douglas, a spokesperson for Australian youth mental health organisation Headspace, told BuzzFeed that the framing device of Hannah’s “reasons” is harmful and unrealistic. “She’s telling the story in a way that means she’s getting resolution about her suicide, and that’s not a reality. If young people die by suicide it’s very final; you don’t get to see the reaction of people, you don’t get to see the reaction of bullies, you don’t get to be involved in your own funeral. Sadly, I think young people sometimes don’t always fully understand the finality of death. You don’t get resolution about that.”
No you don't! You don't get resolution! But there's that word again ...'Young People'...I don't think resolve is what their after. It's an out ...And it's an escape ..primarily. Sure! It helps no one in the long run. While this was a good watch...I think its bullshit. This isn’t completely how suicide or depression works. Mind you I’m no authority on the subject.
It’s not beautiful, or dramatic, well it can be if you're a melancholic. It’s not a hot girl who progressively over the course of 13 episodes starts crying more and more then chops her hair off to symbolise that she doesn’t care anymore and then stops crying altogether, before she kills herself. She puts together some elaborate suicide note to out everyone who was horrible to her. This was like an extended version of a blog post you see of a really hot girl who’s leaning against a wall with a caption like “She used to shine so bright.”
I’m not going to be the troll here and say the Director made those rape scenes so graphic is to make people ‘uncomfortable’. Keeping in mind it’s a show about teenagers.
Of course it’s evil, sickening, criminal, disgusting, revolting, vulgar, and inhumane, you get the gist. Any act that can be described with those words should not be treated so lightly and used as a plot device. If you’re writing a graphic rape scene and your goals are to make people uncomfortable congratulations you’ve trivialised rape. Rape should not be belittled ever!
That being said …neither should suicide. I mean back in the 90s I witnessed the aftermath of a close friend of mine take his own life with an overdose of painkillers and sleeping pills. There was no note or even a tiny shred or an inkling of his intentions. Nobody was forced to confront the reality of control and choice the same way the characters did, by being confronted with the consequences of their own shitty behaviour long after they have any hope of fixing things. It was finality and sudden.
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