The new Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, is based on a Young Adult novel of the same title by Jay Asher. It deals with a girl (Hannah) who has committed suicide and left behind 13 tapes explaining the reasons why she took her life.
There is something about that time in High School which always proves to be so ripe for rich storytelling. Perhaps because it is a shared experience for many and we are all thrown into high school with a cross section of people who would not always be who we choose to hang with.
It’s also that time when we discover a whole new world of young adult feelings; love, jealousy, envy, sadness, longing, isolation, joy, revenge, confusion, etc.
Bullying is clearly a topic at hand, but it delves further into the collective responsibility everyone holds. Even if you see something, but don’t say something, are you partially responsible or complicit?
These are questions this series asks. And ones you will find yourself asking too.