Entertainment is thought to be fun and light, making people’s day just a bit brighter. That is often the way most people see entertainment as. However, no one realizes how entertainment can play with someone’s mind with its underlying messages that people do not realize they learned.
13 Reasons Why was originally a book that has become a short 13 episode TV series just recently. I have had debates with numerous people because I am not the biggest fan of it. I have not yet finished the show, but I did read the book when I was a freshman in high school.
Here is the plot in a nutshell: This girl named Hannah Baker kills herself and sends out cassette tapes to 13 peoples, telling them they are the 13 reasons why she killed herself.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the book and the production so far. It shows that people should be careful with what they say and do to someone because no one ever knows how they will end up effecting that poor someone. That is a great message to get across, I must admit but that’s only the physical message it gets across.
First, although the show does not speicifcally take suicide lightly, making a TV series about that as a whole kind of does that job. If you know anything about the storyline, you must know that it doesn’t make Hannah Baker’s suicide that tragically. Instead, it makes it a mystery and shows people more pissed at the fact that the girl killed herself than sad and depressed, mourning about it.
The tapes go around and the other students determined to destroy the tapes because they are afraid the tapes will be let out and they will be blamed for the death of Hannah Baker. So instead of showing kids actually mourning and being sad because of Hannah Baker’s death.
Second, there is an underlying message that says you can inflict pain on others if you’re in pain. But that’s not okay, not okay at all. In the show, the 13 people now have guilt to carry for killing someone they knew. I guess the guilt isn’t all bad but it was not the best way to get that message across.
Everyone only speaks of how the show shoes that we should be careful with what we say and do to others. But inside, deep inside, so deep that no one actually notices that they learned this, people now have that unconscious thought of having the option to cause other people pain if they are too. But that’s not right and people should also know that.
But 13 Reasons Why is only a TV series, a form of entertainment. Yet it has a way to get to people in ways that no one actually realizes.