Suicide is one of the most controversial and alarming issues we, most especially the youth, are facing today. With the upcoming release of 13 Reasons Why, the poignant reality of this tragic act will be rightfully talked about as the series could, in one way or another, educate the more and more people.
Reasons Why Hannah Did What She Did
The Selena Gomez-produced Netflix originals are based on the 2007 best-selling young adult fiction novel of the same title written by Jay Asher. The show follows the life of Clay after a teenage girl named Hannah Baker committed suicide and left behind 13 mysterious cassette tapes.
It is revealed that there are 13 reasons behind Hannah’s decision to end her life and Clay, one of the people who received Hannah’s tapes, is one of them. There is one cassette tape for each person who is responsible for her death.
In a voiceover from the recent trailer, Hannah can be heard saying, “Settle in because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically,” she continues, “why my life ended. And if you are listening to this tape, you are one of the reasons why.”
On Suicide and Bullying
Bullying, especially cyber bullying, has caused so many of teenage suicides. A decade after the book 13 Reasons Why was released, it continues to reverberate to many people who are having suicidal thoughts or know someone who does.
The author Jay Asher also shares how the book has opened up conversations about suicide. Asher is amazed at how “fiction” paves an avenue to “talk about issues” in a way that is “less preachy.” It also allows teenagers to discuss with each other about the books’ characters in a “hypothetical” situation without opening up about themselves if they are not ready for it.
Simply being able to talk about this really important. For instance, readers of the book who have thought about committing suicide have to“really pick up on the ways Hannah could have done things differently.”
Asher talked to Entertainment Weekly about one of his greatest emails sent by a 14-year-old girl who was in the same position as Hannah. The girl said she got so upset with Hannah “because she identified with her” and “she wanted her to live.”
In some ways, the book puts the girl in a perspective that made her look outside of her own situation. According to Asher, the girl said she realized she cannot be upset with Hannah when she is also doing the same thing.
13 Reasons Why may only be a fiction but the impact the book has given to real people but the story has helped people who are going through real similar problems. As the page-to-screen adaptation airs on March 31 on Netflix, a wider range of audience can be reached.