Why Would a Dead Girl Lie? (A review on 13 Reasons Why, Netflix series)
This is a review for the 13 Reasons Why, the Netflix series. It’s the first time I will make a review but first of all I have not read the book. *Spoiler Alert.
Why would a dead girl lie? Why would everyone says that Hannah lie? Why would not they believe her? Why do they keep telling themselves that she only seeks attention rather that telling the truth?
Hannah Baker, a 17-year old girl, took her own life and left series of tapes containing reasons or people who are to be blamed for her suicide. Theses tapes were passed onto these 13 persons who were mentioned, and the (not really the last) person to receive it was Clay Jensen, Hannah’s co-worker at Crestmont, the guy who loved her but was afraid to show it.
I really commend the series itself and how the narrations of present differs from the past. The changes of the color and the transition. How Dylan Minnette portrayed his character well like every normal student does and how Katherine Langford showed how this vibrant, beautiful girl can take her own life. How Tony became a good medium in the story. And of course, all of the characters played it well.
“I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.”
The 13 Reasons Why has showed what a real high school scenario is (or even in college or elementary it happens). And Hannah Baker maybe just one of your classmates, or it may be you. It’s hard to tell who it is in the class but it is harder to point if we will never take an action on it.
Did you you watch it like how Alex listened to the tapes or like Clay because every episode is full of heavy emotions that I need to take a break before going to the next one. And yes, I did it like how Clay listened to the tapes. He sees Hannah every time he listened to it and it’s merely a play or pause button to end one’s hurting.
“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”
It was not only Hannah Baker. Clearly, it is not only her who has suicidal attempts. A lot of us thinks of this too. Even the characters in the series have shown signs but we ignored it, people in the series itself ignored it. There are lots of people who can be the cause of our death and one of it is bullying. How can we ruin one life because of this stupid list? Or taking shameful pictures of them? Are we trying to help them to be popular or are we just making their lives miserable? It’s misery. It’s shameful. It’s killing.
The series clearly showed the bullying, the violence and even the victim-blaming well. It was not only the past that shows Hannah’s reason of her suicide but also the present and how everyone deals with it. It’s really sad that everyone tried to ignore it. They were all blinded by their own truth. And this truth? They were too ashamed of it.
How could the school blame the victims for their own fault? Isn’t it the school, particularly the counselor, the one who should help the student in this very kind of situations? It was not only Hannah Baker whom Mr. Porter ignored but even Alex or Tyler. They even ignored the vandalism on the comfort rooms. How they repainted it and left it like there was nothing happened. I hate how they put themselves first before the girl who has just committed suicide because they have done nothing.
How could one ignore a friend because of jealousy? Because she thinks being a gay is a shit? Because she is haunted by her own fault? How could they left out a girl who needs a friend? Above all the three girls, who I hated the most is Courtney (well) because she went hiding behind Hannah and all these shameful acts had been thrown out to her. It is disgusting. How could she deny the fact about herself? Isn’t it what matters most is that she accepted her no matter what? Then, when everything’s out, she still denies herself and Hannah’s truth and corrupting others that all of these were her lie? How could she do that when Hannah gave her another chance for their friendship? She is one of today’s corrupt friend of yours and you have to get rid of that one.
Then Jessica? Sheri? They all ignore her because they cannot face their own truth.
“Betrayal. It’s one of the worst feelings.”
As for the boys, I really hate Marcus. How could you, I mean how could he, the school president be almighty and be blinded? How could he make such false accusations to Clay just to shut him down? I cannot believe that he can do that. Zach Dempsey was a good guy but then he made himself a shit when he stole the only hope of Hannah, the complimentary messages. Look, it’s very saddening that the only thing which makes you happy and alive where robbed. And when Hannah started spoiling signs of suicidal attempt? He shut his mouth. All laughed like it was just a joke. No one took it seriously. No one. Tyler? Ryan? They used her for their own gain. Did they care? Not.
The one that disturbed me was Alex and how he, each day, reconcile his fault. He was the only one who thinks revealing the truth would set them free. I have noticed him. Day by day, he acts like he wanted to take his own life. Have you noticed that? The way he pinpointed Courtney, Marcus and the others hit them hard. He was a friend of Hannah, he admitted it and I saw how he regretted his actions.
Justin? I was asking myself, why Jessica have to tell everyone that Hannah was lying? Then in the end I was enlightened, Justin did not really tell about the ‘rape’ Bryce did to Jessica, instead cover it up. Justin sucks. But then as how he explained, I realized why he did that. First was to protect Jessica and second Bryce who opened his door when Justin needed a home. When his mother ignored her and let her boyfriend maltreated him. I felt him there. I felt how he was alone and how ended up being a shit.
“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own. And when you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can’t be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a person’s life, you’re messing with their entire life. Everything. . . affects everything.”
Clay? As for him? Hannah was grateful. He was a friend. He was different. But you see, there were times Clay ignored her. That he should have done something great but he was afraid. He never had courage say how he loved her. The time where Clay was confessing and Hannah replied something like ‘he should have done that when she was alive’ was heartbreaking. Regrets are always at the end. And I thought, if everyone of us has this courage to ask or say something nice to a person, we may have lifted her soul.
And Bryce? Yeah, I will never forget how he took Hannah’s soul. How he mistreated (all) the girls. He was a real asshole, you see. To think that he was a respected student in his school yet he sells drugs and even think rape is not rape because girls want it? Fuck his way of thinking and I am sorry for the word.
And oh! Before I forgot, there’s Tony. Tony was not mentioned on the tapes. I think he was a great medium in the story as I mentioned earlier. Without him, Clay would never go back to hearing the tapes again. Hannah, at the very least, found someone whom she can trust. But then, Tony was also afraid. He had the tapes. He had the chance to take this to her parents and show it to the police, but he was afraid. Thanks to Clay and his vision to seek for the truth to reveal, Tony had chosen the right thing to do, and it was finally to show it to Hannah’s parents.
I was thankful for Clay’s parents because they never ignored their child unlike Justin’s. They were eager to know how’s Clay doing. They are the kind of parents who trusts their child. I am wishing that somehow, we all have these kinds of parents. These parents who really cared, who never want us any harm, who never ignore us, and who uplifts us whenever we are down. That’s how parents should be and not one of the people who will drive us to take our own life.
The very disturbing and hurting part of the series was when Hannah is taking her own life. The moment she slit both of her wrists, blood coming out of her arms, letting herself drown into the tub, I stopped. I cannot take it. I cannot breathe for real. I was crying for pete’s sake the image is disturbing. I feel like I was also slitting my arms. The times I thought of drowning myself came back to my senses. I felt like Hannah was real and what she’s doing to her life is real. I cannot take it. I felt hurt. I felt like something was robbed from me. I never thought that taking your own life is fucking hard.
“Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true—that aren’t really how we feel—but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.
If you could hear other people’s thoughts, you’d overhear things that are true as well as things that are completely random. And you wouldn’t know one from the other. It’d drive you insane. What’s true? What’s not? A million ideas, but what do they mean?”
It was really hard to open about this kind of violence. The rape, the bullying? It was really hard to open it to someone and this is why we all need a friend. We are afraid of our own words. We are afraid of our very own truth. We are wrapped by our own fear. We are frightened that if we speak up, it’s either we will be just be ignored or no justice will be done–and we fall down to just ‘move on’. And we cannot really move on. No comfort or stupid lies can make us alive. We think that lies can heal the wounds but not.
Did we notice her facebook status or twitter posts or her drawings? Did we see the signs of suicidal attempt? Did we or did we just ignore another friend who needs help? I wish that not all of us are the likes of Courtney who feeds herself and everyone that these are all lies and just for attentions, or the likes of Tyler who have witnessed everything yet do nothing. I hope everyone would be just Clay.
13 Reasons Why is a very eye opener to all of us.