10 reasons why I didn’t enjoy ’13 Reasons Why’ as much as expected

I’ve seen so many people talking about this show all the time, so I’ve decided to finally give it a go. We all know what the story behind 13 reasons why is, and how everything ends up, but I’d say don’t read this, if you haven’t already watched it, because there could be some spoilers (not that you don’t already know everything, but still).


Okay, so before I start I should say that of course I don’t underrate these awful things that happened to Hannah (or in fact, everything that happened to all characters), I just don’t think they are enough to end one’s life. If you don’t agree with me on this, then I suggest again you stop reading, as the things I’d put on my list would be mostly negative. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling, although I’m always open for discussions. So if you are fine with everything up to this point, let’s get started.

1.First and biggest reason for me why I didn’t enjoy the show on the fullest – you simply can’t sympathize a character, who is being so annoying all. the. time. (well, at least I can’t). I mean, c’mon, yes, the things that have happened to Hannah are terrible, we all know that, but she is such a drama queen, that I just couldn’t care about her. I cared about Justin, I cared about the photographer, I cared about Alex, Zach, Skye, even Jessica a little… but Hannah, nope.

2. Everything happening on the show was so slow and tedious… I mean, an hour?? Seriously.. everything could have been said in a typical 40 minutes episode. And these annoying speeches… and then Clay being over-emotional about every single word that Hannah says.. a big nope again.

3. We were given cliffhangers and then nothing happened. ‘Don’t judge us before listening to your tape, Clay’. ‘Listen to the tape, Clay, and you’d get everything’. Okay, we’ve listened to the tape. And what happened on the tape – absolutely NOTHING.

4. What a sick person would make her loved one listen to all the tapes and start blaming himself about HER CHOICE??? That’s just the meanest and the most selfish thing ever. Especially when you are dead and you can’t let the other person explain themselves. Do you want them to live with the blame all their lives and eventually make them kill themselves too? You know, all the people listed might have some reasons to act this way, you are not the only one with high school drama issues!!

5. Too many people got blamed for doing literally nothing. The guy publishing a beautiful poem anonymously? Where it was said that it was Hannah’s? She could’ve have simply said to everyone ‘You know what, it’s not me who wrote it’. But no… let’s introduce some more drama in her lives, because we didn’t have enough already. What if this poem got famous and brought her some success? Who knew what the outcome could have been.

6. Hannah doesn’t know what she wants. First she blames Zach for staying with her on Valentines day, then she blames Clay for not staying with her at the party when she was literally screaming at him to leave her alone. I mean, fix your hormones girl, people can’t read your already messed up mind.

7. The hot or not list. She got mad about someone putting her under the best ass section. What about the people who ended up on the ‘not‘ section?? Did they started blaming themselves about the way they looked? Probably some of them developed an eating disorder? Maybe they got depressed? This leads me to point 4 – everyone hurts at some point and has their reasons to feel bad about themselves, Hannah is not the only one struggling in life.

8. She blamed Justin for letting Jessica get raped. But how Hannah knew about that? She was hiding in the closed. And what Hannah did about that? NOTHING. She could have screamed, went out of the room, asked for help, just did something. She was literally watching her best friend suffer probably the biggest trauma of her life and Hannah did absolutely nothing about it, but then had the guts to blame someone else? Are you kidding me?? How could you be such a hypocrite?

9. Reasons to live. On the last tape she said that no one cared for her. But on her way to the post office she met a guy who told her she was being missed in the poetry class. See, someone cared. But did she care? Nope.

10. Usually I watch a whole season of series for a day or two. One time I’ve watched 7 episodes of  HTGAWM in a row. Do you know how much it took me to watch these 13 episodes? A week! I think that’s enough to show my general lack of interest about this whole high school drama.

To conclude: I don’t think Hannah had enough reasons to kill herself. She was a drama queen and wanted everyone to know that, even after her death. Why not simply rest it peace? Noooo, she had to make people feel bad about her even after she was gone. She was determined to die, so she did it. I don’t think anyone could have stopped her. End of story. She had a loving family who cared about her. Yes, they might have had a bit of financial situation, but how killing herself would help them fix that?

On the other hand, I almost cried about Justin, who had abusive stepfather and uncaring mother. Who got threatened, beaten, but still grew up to be a decent person. Who had dreams but no money to achieve them. Who got blamed for covering Bryce, the only person who actually helped him at some point during his life. Yes, the thing he did wasn’t good, but he felt that he owed him. Only someone being in a similar situating could have understood him. At the end Justin needed to live on the street (because no one of his ‘friends’ wanted to help him), blaming himself about Jessica, and now about Hannah. If someone had actual reason to kill himself, that would have been him.

What about Tyler? Who got bullied at school about his naked picture or in general, when he was threatened every single time he decided to talk to someone? Or Courtney, who was being laughed at for having two gay dads. To be honest, I didn’t even feel bad for Hannah when she cut her wrists. But I did for her parents when they’ve found her. Why would someone do this thing to the people who loved you all their lives… That’s what I call cruel and selfish.

Obviously everyone is being abused, humiliated, ignored, etc at some point in their lives. But that’s not a reason to kill oneself.


And it does. Life doesn’t end in high school.

Skye said it best: ‘Suicide is for the weak‘.

I’ve recently watched a movie ‘The edge of seventeen‘. Similar story, different outcome. I strongly encourage you to check it out. It’s definitely more worth it than this series. Let me know what you think about it.

Thanks for reading and sorry for the long post. Like I’ve said – I’m absolutely open for discussions. Bye x

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  • Reply V.O.L

    Ahhh had to stop reading halfway 🙈🙈 Ordered the book last night, it arrives tomorrow. Will be back once I’ve read it😫 (Don’t have the time to watch the show😢). Everyone seems to be loving it though lol.. surprised you weren’t as appealed

    April 25, 2017 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Absolutely, I’m surprised myself. I really wanted to like it! Let me know what you think about it when you are finished, I’m very curious! xx

      April 25, 2017 at 12:38 pm
      • Reply V.O.L

        Did you watch it and read the book also?

        April 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm
        • Reply Siyana

          I’ve watched it but everyone says that the series are as good as the book. Nothing is being drastically changed, which is not too surprising, I mean for 13 hours, they literally narrated the whole book.

          April 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm
          • V.O.L

            Really? Ekkkk.. okay I’m excited now lol

            April 25, 2017 at 12:43 pm
  • Reply The Sicilian Mama

    I haven’t watched the show but I really don’t think there’s ever a good enough reason to kill oneself. An Italian saying goes like ‘Hope is last to die’. If one kills oneself, then hope must die before him/her.

    April 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      We have the same saying in Bulgarian! I think the only acceptable reason is when you are sick and dying anyway, and you just want to make your suffering go away. Anything apart from that – a big no no.

      April 25, 2017 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Erika D.

    While I’m with you on the whole making drama where there is none thing, I think it’s worth noting that the point isn’t that Hannah was right to do what she did. The point I gathered from the series is that the little things add up, so that little joke that you made about someones weight or the sarcastic comment you made towards that person you hardly know (and who doesn’t know you well enough to know how to interpret it), could be the straw that broke the camels back. When you are mentally ill, when you start getting so deep into your personal, dark hole that when you stand up all you see is more dirt, looking outwards doesn’t help, especially not when people keep throwing small amounts of dirt back into the hole. You feel like you’re being buried alive and you have a distorted view of all the people around you. (Also, with the whole publishing the poem thing: it seems over dramatic but it is like baring your soul and honestly… very few people actually push themselves to understand poetry anymore so you end up with a lot of people taking it the wrong way, which is upsetting as the author and sometimes the subject of a poem.)

    Anyways, just my two cents. I can’t say it was a series I will watch again!

    April 25, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Little things indeed add up, but to me these reasons were rubbish. I’ve mentioned another character (Justin) who’s also been through a lot, but still managed somehow. The thing that pissed me off the most was that there are so many people with real ‘drama’ out there, and thanks to this series nobody would take them seriously, because people would think it’s all the same.

      April 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm
      • Reply Erika D.

        I have seen a lot of talk regarding how the series glorifies suicide (because it makes it seem like Hannah was able to make everyone see how wrong they were and miss her by leaving), and I’ve seen a fair number of people saying it shouldn’t be watched, that it normalizes suicide. I also agree there were other characters I empathized with far more–Justin for one but also Jessica, and Tony. I guess in general though, it’s not always the one who actually has it the worst that hurts themselves, it’s the one who thinks they have it worse than everyone else. Really, it’s a problem with Hannah’s perspective (not that the things that happened to her–rape, gossip etc. weren’t horrible).

        April 25, 2017 at 3:36 pm
        • Reply Siyana

          Like I’ve said to the person below you, I don’t think these series depicted suicide the way they should have. Most people kill themselves and have actual reasons for it, and after this story, I really can’t take them seriously anymore. These people should seek help and not look for scapegoats for their own misery.

          April 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Invisibly Me

    I heard about this online and curiosity got the better of me, so I settled in for a few Netflix episodes this week. Must admit I agree with you! Really not liking Hannah with the voiceover and dramatics and a stupid hunt for clues as to what people have done wrong and who is to ‘blame’. Still, I don’t like giving up on something so perhaps I’ll make it through to the end and see whether any of that changes. x

    April 25, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I really hoped everything would change for me too, people kept telling me the last three episodes were heartbreaking.. but yeah, my heart broke for Justin, not Hannah 😀

      April 25, 2017 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    I agree 100%. I don’t understand Hannah’s thought process at all, but everyone is different. Maybe that’s more what the series was trying to get across? I don’t know. If it was, they didn’t do it well, but I’m glad that suicide prevention is now a topic of conversation.

    April 25, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      It absolutely brought attention to a serious problem, but I don’t think these series depicted it the way it should be. People kill themselves for real problems (well, most of them I guess), and with her story, I really can’t take them seriously anymore.

      April 25, 2017 at 3:29 pm
      • Reply Hannah

        Exactly. I’ve seen reviews/discussions where people with mental health issues have watched this series and have hated it for doing basically the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. It’s such a sensitive topic to approach in a good manner.

        April 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm
  • Reply Ella May Garrett

    I feel like something that was massively missed in the show was that she was suffering from depression. These little things that we see as reasons for killing herself make much more sense when coupled with a crippling mental disorder. Alone, yes, they seem irrational and stupid really. I agree with some of your points – I found it very hard to watch what Justin’s character went through because it was personally triggering, for example, but I think if we take in to account that she was depressed – it changes your perspective on a lot more. xx

    April 25, 2017 at 5:27 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Perhaps that is the reason why I wasn’t convinced by her story 🙂

      April 25, 2017 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply lifeofangela

    I still haven’t watched 13 reasons why. I’m always late to jump on these, but I feel like I’ve gotten a good idea of the basis of the show from all my blogging friends 😀
    It doesn’t seem like my kind of show to be honest. I enjoy reading everyone’s thoughts on it though. You’re the first to offer a new perspective 🙂

    April 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Am I! I’m always the one with the critique, not surprised tbh. 😀

      April 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm
  • Reply sparkleoflucy

    This is such a good post, I did find 13 reasons why a good story line but absolutely horrible to watch and I agree with you about the rape scene she should of done something ! Xxx

    April 26, 2017 at 5:34 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Absolutely, she’s not right to blame someone else, when she’s done the same! xx

      April 26, 2017 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Storyteller

    totally agree with you Girl, there was so much buzz about this series…
    It definitely doesn’t live up to the hype (At least not for me)

    I’m halfway through and still waiting for it to become interesting!
    xx Storyteller

    April 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Absolutely, I’ve expected much more! Let me know if anything changes after you finish it! xx

      April 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Mrinalini

    I just watched the first episode and wasn’t too impressed. It is too slow for me too 🙂

    April 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      It doesn’t get better, trust me!

      April 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm
      • Reply Mrinalini

        Thanks for saving my time 🙂

        April 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply indiesonglyrics

    I think I might watch it, purely just to see what all the fuss is about! I think I would like it but it’s refreshing to see someone listing the negative things about it! It is very hyped up Xx

    April 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      You should absolutely watch it, maybe you’d like it more than me! But yes, it’s def over-hyped! xx

      April 26, 2017 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply hell0chloe

    oh my goodness, i am SO glad someone said it. i tried to read the book a long time ago when it first came out – i only managed 2 chapters because i hated it that much. i thought i would give it another try when the netflix series came out but nope, i managed 30 mins of the first episode before i turned it off. will NEVER be watching it again, i honestly don’t understand what all the fuss is about! xx

    April 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I’ve never read the book, but they say it’s broadly similar as the series. Everything really happens too slowly and you already know the outcome anyway. xx

      April 26, 2017 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Kasia Jaworski

    This was really interesting to read! I’m glad you shared your perspective. I think they really should have delved deeper into Hannah’s mental health because I do think the things that she went through definitely affected her emotionally/mentally and that’s something that we should be discussing more as a society. Appreciate your honesty and opinions!

    April 28, 2017 at 7:02 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! 🙂

      April 28, 2017 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply The Rose Gold Pineapple

    I agree with this. Definitely not trying to minimize what Hannah went through, because they were terrible experiences and high schoolers unfortunately do endure those trying situations. But the whole time I was watching it, I kept feeling like the blame was pegged on everyone else. And while it’s so important to be aware that things we do and say has the capacity to take a major toll on someone else, you also have to take responsibility for your own actions. You have to reach out for help and tell someone how you’re feeling or what you’re thinking. People can’t read your mind and sometimes it’s not so painfully obvious that you’re suffering. I don’t think the show emphasized enough that suicide is not an option and that resources are available, but you must reach out to those resources

    April 28, 2017 at 10:24 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you for your reply, I absolutely agree with you! Suicide is not an option, and they should have emphasised on that! They should have showed that things can actually get better if you want them to, and not blame other people for your actions all the time!

      April 28, 2017 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply sittingintheclouds

    I adored the show but completely understand and agree with everything you said! I wanted to watch it all again after finishing it in under 48 hours haha!

    May 1, 2017 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      48 hours! Even I struggled with that 🙂

      May 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm
      • Reply sittingintheclouds

        I watched 10 episodes in one day, didn’t finish till like midnight though ahah!!

        May 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    Okay, I couldn’t help it.

    I don’t want to say something I might regret, I’m gonna make this real quick.

    It’s shallow. The reasons Hannah did what she did was extremely shallow. But you know what? We’re adults. So we think it’s shallow. We think it doesn’t matter. We think that a simple joke doesn’t hurt a person’s feeling or they’re better off just brushing it off because “everything gets better in the end”.

    I was bullied. I was teased. People made up stories about me. That was my entire high school life. And I attempted suicide multiple times because of it. AND I even wrote a long-ass letter to every single person/group of people in my school and outside telling them how much they’ve hurt ME and why I had to what I had to do.

    Of course, I’m still here, alive and kicking and stronger than ever. But the point is, some people actually go through it because 1) nobody saw them before doing the deed and stopped them (which is what happened to me) and 2) they really are just in serious pain that they want to end it all.

    You can’t understand unless you’ve actually lived in her place or knows one who have. And this notion that “other people had/have it much worse”. Well of course some people will always have it worse or better. But our resiliencies are different. He may be strong enough, but he is not. So you cannot compare another person’s tragedies to the other.

    It’s true that Hannah was a drama queen. And I felt the same way. Because I’m looking at her in the “adult way”. But I understand her because I was her. And yes, it may be full of drama. It may be shallow. But please know that a person’s sufferings is never something that you should ever brush off and say “suck it up and deal with it”. Shit doesn’t work that way. The world doesn’t work that way.

    Good for you for being the strong person that you are. Byt this is reality. It happens to every single kid around the world. And you can’t take their pain away from them no matter how many times we insist that they’re being just drama queens and shallow and worrying about petty things.

    Lol I said I was gonna make this quick. But ugh.

    May 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you for having the courage to say all this 🙂 I completely understand what you are saying, I’ve been bullied and kept literally isolated by so many mean people in my high school too, but have never ever thought of ending my life. Maybe I was just selfish and didn’t want to make them this favour. 🙂

      May 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply soulstories2017

    I had very similar feelings about the show. Hannah had perfectly good parents. And if she would have held on a little bit more, things could have gone okay. It is high school and high schools are horrible. What got to me was that she made all those tapes. All those beautifully recorded and elaborate little tapes! Did she realize how talented she was? There were so many things she could have done instead. The show made me feel like crap for days. I absolutely regret watching it.

    May 7, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Glad there are people like you that try to focus more on the positive side of life! Indeed, she had talents and people who cared and supported her, it’s good that somebody can appreciate that! x

      May 7, 2017 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Sofia

    I’m still thinking if I should watch this or nah because my schoolmates are loving this. I’m really curious but the thing is I already read the book.

    May 20, 2017 at 8:23 am
    • Reply Siyana

      I know the series follow the book tightly, so I guess you wouldn’t be disappointed 🙄

      May 20, 2017 at 8:34 am
  • Reply dcrosskill

    I agree with a lot of what you’ve said. For me, I could’ve done with ‘6 or 7 reasons why’ because this show dragged like hell. What was especially offputting was the dialogue between characters that was purposefully vague to not reveal what was on future tapes.

    Strong message I suppose but a tad melodramatic.

    May 22, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      You are so right!

      May 22, 2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply smilingdreamer

    Totally agree with every. single. word. that you’ve said about this series! I’m seriously glad that someone has finally said all what I’ve been wanting to say! It’s such an overrated series. Definitely not the best (as some people are claiming)… Btw I’ve just discovered your blog & I’m in love with it! ❤️😍

    May 29, 2017 at 1:32 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Aw thank you lovely, I’m glad we share the same views xx

      May 29, 2017 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Bayance

    Omg I agree on some things. Hannah felt like her future was hopeless after the Ryan publishing her poem thing. She started to lose grades and when she wanted to write instead, everyone laughed at her. I also think Bryce was intense and resulted her into shame. But about Jessica, no one was there to help Hannah but Hannah was there and didn’t help Jessica. I agree to that. The Zach episode also frustrated me. She pushed him away and he was being really nice to her and then she expected him to understand her. If she talked to him face to face about her problems, maybe she could’ve had a friend. The most thing that made me feel like Hannah was being over-dramatic though was the Mr.Porter situation. She didn’t give him a name, any details and he couldn’t do anything otherwise. She could’ve told her parents or someone else but he also asked her if she felt suicidal and she said no. She also kept rushing things and then expected him to run after her like Romeo or something. I know I’m super late to this blog but here’s my opinion anyways.

    August 1, 2017 at 3:39 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Don’t worry about it, I always appreciate new opinions! You are absolutely right about the whole situation though 🙂

      August 1, 2017 at 10:42 am

    So what do you think?

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