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Stop Me Before I Think Of 13 Reasons Why (A Tribute)

It’s really sad to say this, but teenage suicide is actually becoming epidemic, not just an ordinary trend. Some blames the internet for the influence. Some says that it’s the devil himself, calling people to forget their faiths in the One Above and take their own lives. I honestly don’t know which really is the which, even if I actually tried killing myself out of the blue.

A lot of social media posts, seminars and other activities have been done by people to raise awareness about teenage suicide. Many discussions have been triggered to create avenues to reach out to teens who are on the verge of losing themselves in the middle of depression (usually caused by bullying and being misunderstood). Sure, there were a lot who were saved by such actions, but it wasn’t enough.

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source: http://prp.jasonfoundation.com/facts/youth-suicide-statistics/

Even if a lot of us are aware of teenage suicide, many of us too, still do such cruel, hurtful actions that led the youth to be astray.

What Are The Common Factors That Can Lead To Suicide?

  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Psychological and mental disorders, especially depression and other mood disorders, schizophrenia, and social anxiety
  • Substance abuse and/or alcohol disorders
  • History of abuse or mistreatment
  • Family history of suicide
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Physical illness
  • Impulsive or aggressive tendencies
  • Financial or social loss
  • Relationship loss
  • Isolation or lack of social support
  • Easy access to methods/means of suicide
  • Exposure to others who have committed suicide

(data source: http://teens.webmd.com/preventing-teen-suicide#1)

This thing usually starts in a household, then is being worsen in the school campus. Suicide may be a choice, but aren’t we supposed to help the youth not to resort to this action?


Netflix adapted a book published by Jay Asher. The book was about a girl, Hannah Baker who committed suicide after suffering a series of demoralizing circumstances brought on by select individuals at her school. Days before she died, she creatively recorded tapes, emphasizing thirteen reasons why she ended her life. With the help of a good friend, Tony, the tapes were disseminated among 12 people who did hurtful things and misunderstood her. When the tapes reached Clay Jensen, Hannah’s friend and secret admirer, he unwraps the truth behind each tape and takes the journey together with Tony towards claiming justice for Hannah and the rest of the students who were mistreated.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, 13 REASONS WHY.

 

The book was released on 2007, gaining many awards being the young adult’s book of choice and at the same time, criticisms for some had thought that the book was romanticizing suicide when Asher’s objective was to further awaken the society about the gruesome truth about majority of teenagers’ minds, actions and its effects to one another.

The Netflix series aired worldwide on March 31, 2017. The first season has 13 episodes (hence, having the ratio of one episode for each tape). Dylan Minnette (Clay) and Katherine Langford (Hannah) were praised for the good portrayal of the lead characters. The scenes were so realistic that it led to controversies about the graphic suicide scene and the explicit portrayal of the rape scenes. As for Selena Gomez, who’s one of the series’ producer, they just religiously followed what’s in the book (in fact, improved it) so that the series would be eye-catching enough to spark discussions about suicide. They just couldn’t hide the truth behind a suicidal person’s mind, that’s why they really made the scenes graphic to wake people. Along with psychiatrists, they watched the actors and actresses while doing the scenes after doing intensive studies about each role and how do they relate to this generation’s teens.


The series was really an eye-opener. The plot was well written, which made it not an eye-sore to watch (in fact I binge-watch this whenever I feel like I need motivation). Fresh and good-looking actors were able to justify each role, which means their hard work and intense preparations really paid off. About the graphic scenes, I guess the production really made a good choice of making it graphic because that’s the reality. We can’t shy away from these moments. The authorities who are supposed to help families get through such problems said that this series really romanticized suicide, hence a lot of teenagers resort to killing themselves even more because Hannah Baker was able to do it. Isn’t this supposed to be a challenge to them, to be more vigilant and open to teenagers, especially the ones who are suffering from mistreatment and depression? Jay Asher and Netflix really served their purposes. They were able to raise awareness even higher in a creative manner. I honestly can’t wait for the second season (which will be aired on 2018). I do believe that this series will leave marks to the people, particularly the teenagers.

Rating: A perfect 10!


‘Til the next screen review, readers! xoxo

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Les Miserables- A Movie ’bout Life

I was in Paul’s house to write a script for our upcoming short film. While writing, our director, Arjay, sang some songs which I’m not familiar with. Two of my best friends, Paul and Robert, then said some stuff about those songs. Since I don’t have any idea what they are talking about, I just listened then asked.

Arjay replied, “Wins, have you seen the movie, ‘Les Miserables’?”

“No. Why?”

“You should watch it! It’s an amazing movie!” Paul and Robert uttered.

I felt like I was out of place as they continued talking about the movie.

Moments later, we transferred to Paul’s living room to watch some short clips of Les Miserables. There, I met Fantine, Cosette, Marius, Valjean, Javert and Eponine. While watching, I kept on asking questions about the characters’ stories. Seeing my utmost interest, Arjay suggested that we should come back to Paul’s house to watch the movie together.

That night, my mind was full of thoughts about the movie. I just can’t wait to watch the entire film. I got utterly interested because it was set back during the French Revolution (since I love studying history) and the cinematography is astonishing! Not to mention, it’s a musical.

The next day, Arjay brought his laptop and his external hard drive. Before we watched, he let us read the movie’s script which he downloaded from the internet. Afterwards, he prepared the television and his external hard drive then started watching.

Synopsis: After 19 years as a prisoner, Jean Valjean is freed by Javert, the officer in charge of the prison workforce. Valjean promptly breaks parole but later uses money from stolen silver to reinvent himself as a mayor and factory owner. Javert vows to bring Valjean back to prison. Eight years later, Valjean becomes the guardian of a child named Cosette after her mother’s death, but Javert’s relentless pursuit means that peace will be a long time coming. 

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(I WON’T TELL YOU THE ENTIRE PLOT TO AVOID SPOILAGE. YOU MUST SEE FOR YOURSELF.)

The story’s really fantastic. Cheers to the creative author of this obra, VICTOR HUGO. The actors and actresses portrayed the characters well and it’s so WOW. The soundtrack’s creatively composed, I love the lyrics. It’s so deep and I gotta admit, I can relate myself to some of their songs especially the ones which are sung by Eponine (portrayed by Samantha Barks). Eponine’s character is simple yet she’s my favourite. She’s beautiful, kind and has a soft heart. I actually cried when she died (sorry to spoil you, I just can’t help myself because I love her so much) because of her love for Marius.

Tears fell down after I watched this movie. I didn’t care when I got teased by my friends. It’s just that I couldn’t help myself from falling in love with this movie. IT’S REALLY WORTH-WATCHING AND THEIR SONGS ARE WORTH-LISTENING, I’m telling you.

Until now, I still got this “Les Miserables Fever”. I sing their songs EVERYDAY. I even memorized two of Eponine’s songs in just two days.

My Rating: A PERFECT 10.

Again, my beloved reader, if you want to watch something that is so… WOW, check this one out. Au revoir!

xoxo,

Winslyn.

(Written on the 10th of June 2015)