Not quite 13 Reasons why I loved 13 Reasons Why
My favourite kind of weekend is glamorously spent laying in my leggings, with remaining Easter eggs in hand with an endless supply of laziness fueling an unhealthy Netflix addiction. But, with a house full of skirting boards that need painting and pine bannisters to vom over who can blame a girl for putting the DIY off?
… So we decided to watch 13 Reasons Why. You’ve probably heard about it on Facebook, or Twitter or on the news either for its raging success, the confirmation of a second series or for its tackling some difficult social issues. So, with some trepidation we began, and never looked back (except to demand tea between episodes). Here’s what I loved about 13 reasons why…
- The first thing that struck me was its realistic depiction of high school life. It took me back to the days of emotional turmoil, the cool kids, the dorky kids, romance and the complete lack of interest in maths.
- Mainly due to the above, the show is full of non-stop drama. From everyday things that as adults we don’t understand to some quite disturbing events there’s never a dull moment in 13 Reason land.
- For me, switching off at the end of the day is important, and nothing does that like an addictive boxset. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I had everyone in the office watching instantly so I could discuss it. Suffice to say our 10pm bedtime went out of the window for those three days and it was WILD.
- I love an underdog and it made a pleasant surprise that it wasn’t the good looking, rich, ‘jocks’ (only Americans get away with that word) that saved the day. No, in fact they ruined everything about most people’s days and it was the quiet, intelligent Clay that came out on top. Cape an’ all.
- The show has faced criticism for openly addressing difficult subjects. And they were at times difficult to watch. But something I found particularly poignant was a look at how much small things affect people in big ways. A comment here and there may mean nothing to some, but it means everything others and for teenagers at school I think this is imperative to know.
- 13 episodes and you’re done. 3 long nights dedicated to the show and you can go back to living your life as you did once before. You know, trawling through Netflix arguing over which new boxset to watch.
- The ending leaves you on a cliff hanger. So… does that mean that he’s? Wait a minute… He’s not? But, is she going to? All things I said when it ended, and all things why I’m delighted there’s a season 2.
Until next time…