13 Reasons Why

13 Reasons Why

Season 1

DVD - 2018
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After a teenage girl's perplexing suicide, a classmate recieves a series of tapes that unravel the mystery of her tragic choice.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Paramount Pictures, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: THI
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approximately 717 minutes) : sound, color ; 12 cm
digital,optical
video file,DVD video,region 1
Alternative Title: Thirteen reasons why. Season 1

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schmegu_at_hcplc
Dec 29, 2018

TRIGGER WARNING: Suicide, Self harm, bullying, etc.
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Honestly, I had a very hard time with this book and this series. As someone with depression and anxiety, and someone who has self-harmed more than she would like to admit, this entire show/book was rather triggering. In addition all of that, it glorifies suicide. The main character, Hannah, records all of those tapes, making sure that everyone knows exactly what happened to lead her to the final stage of killing herself. Then, with all of these tapes being sent out to the people her "caused her" to commit suicide, she gets revenge from the grave.

In that way, it glorifies suicide, because Hannah's actions show that you can exact revenge on those who wronged you, and everyone will feel pity for you, and thus glorify you when you're gone. THIS IS NOT TRUE. This is NOT how we should show students/teenagers to deal with mental illness. This is NOT how we should teach anyone to deal with mental illness. It is understandable that Hannah was angered by those who had hurt her. It is understandable that she would want to do something to make them suffer. It is NOT understandable that she would turn and kill herself to ensure her fellow classmates were brought down a few notches.

A few years ago, I taught ninth graders, and one of them had tried to kill herself. Thankfully, she was unsuccessful. This was around the same time that this series and this book was hugely popular. My student had been bullied relentlessly, and she felt as though the only way she had out of this horrible situation was to end her life. She was not inspired by the movie/book at all, but a lot of her peers were relating the event to the 13 Reasons Why.

To this day, I get upset hearing people talk about how it makes depression and suicidal tenancies easier to understand. It does NOT. This book does the exact opposite. It is a terrible excuse for making the average person understand mental illness. Please understand this. Please read/watch with caution.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 15, 2018

I read the book of this series as well. The book wasn't as good this series. And with all honesty, this series looks upon many important issues in today society which should be looked upon. Many things that Hannah goes through are easily relatable, which is the part I liked about the series. Many characters in the book were, in my opinion, very well thought out. I totally recommend this series to teenagers and adults. I give this series a 4 out of 5 stars. -@terrificbooklover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Merenwen
Jun 22, 2018

I haven't read the book, so I have nothing really to compare it to. I do think this has some flaws, though:

1. I thought that the scene depicting Hannah's suicide was unnecessarily graphic. I've seen suicide shown in other shows and movies, and it was done a lot more sensitively. (The movie The Skeleton Twins, for instance - when Bill Hader's character attempts suicide the same way, it was a lot less graphic.)
2. I'm pretty sure Clay's mother would have to recuse herself from the civil suit, because her son was a student at the school.
3. The guidance counselor would have had pamphlets to give to Hannah regarding what she discussed with him. (I won't say what she told him; I don't want to spoiler.) He also would be a mandatory reporter of crimes.

There are some important topics that this series brings up, such as sexual harassment, rape, domestic violence, and the disturbing trend of spreading compromising photos among high school circles. But I think some things could have been handled better and, in some cases, more accurately.

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humbleworm
Jun 02, 2018

I saw this on Netflix. This does a very good job of portraying the different perspectives, reactions and impacts of a tragedy. It is very easy to be dismissive on the basis of missed opportunities but there wouldn't be a compelling story if everything went as it should. You should finish it with a better idea of signs to look for and hopefully less inclination to do the same. A warning that there are some pretty graphic scenes and you should probably watch it before your teenage kids do.

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Merenwen
Jun 22, 2018

Sexual Content: There are scenes of rape.

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Merenwen
Jun 22, 2018

Violence: There are violent scenes, including one of domestic violence.

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Merenwen
Jun 22, 2018

Coarse Language: Swearing throughout, including many F-bombs.

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Merenwen
Jun 22, 2018

Merenwen thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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humbleworm
Jun 02, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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