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There’s rarely a show that captures the attention of practically everyone who watches it. Most notably, there was been Stranger Things, which everyone managed to binge watch within a few days, and refused to shut up about (but can you blame them?). Now, following in its stead, is 13 Reasons Why, a show that has every bit as much social pull as the former.

As it goes with extremely popular shows, if you haven’t watched it, you still know about it. In fact, it has become the most tweeted about show of the year, which, in short, means that it’s extremely hard to avoid. You either join the bandwagon or go through the motions and get bombarded with jokes that you could only get if you watched the show.

But what is it about the show that makes everyone want to talk about it?

For one, it’s riveting. Watching along as Clay listens to the tape is stressful, and interesting, and sparks your interest like some True Crime story. It’s like you’re unraveling all of the secrets of the show, without having to lift a finger (except to press the button that says “Yes, I am still watching”). And macabre as it may seem, it’s easy to seek comfort in the drama of the show, which makes a normal high school life seem so much more simple. 

However, are some who watch losing sight of the real message of the show?

All the jokes about the supposed insignificance of Hannah Baker, one of the main character’s, reasons, erase the point that the creators of the show and the author of the book upon which the show is based were trying to make. Even I’ve caught myself making “Welcome to your tape,” jokes after watching the show, but I’ve managed to stop after realizing that making jokes about Hannah’s suicide, and making light of her struggles is exactly what the show was created to shed light upon.

Thirteen Reasons Why is not just a show about a girl who took her own life, it’s a series aimed at showing students the repercussions of their behavior, and how cruel words or actions could seriously hurt the people around them. Should it have taken a Netflix original series to teach us this? Definitely not, but if watching a show proving that seemingly small actions can dramatically impact a teenager’s life is what it takes to wrap your brain around it, please do so.

 

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