Review: 13 Reasons Why-Netflix Series (SPOILER ALERT!!!)

Good morning lovely’s,

Today I am going to do a review for the Netflix series that is based on the Young Adult novel 13 Reasons Why. My opinion may not, in fact, be the popular one (please don’t persecute me for my opinion as it is a very small one in a sea of millions) and THERE WILL BE SPOILERS involved in this review as I could not figure out a way to talk about the issues I have with the series without the use of spoilers.

Let’s jump in, shall we? (THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING BEFORE THE ACTUAL REVIEW: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS ABOUT THIS SERIES, IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SHOW YET AND DON’T WANT TO KNOW ANYTHING THAT HAPPENS CLICK AWAY NOW!!!)…..

13 Reasons Why is a book turned Netflix mini series about a girl named Hannah Baker that committed suicide (the show starts post-mortem, as I have yet to read the book I am not sure how true to the story it is), however prior to taking her own life she records 13 cassette tapes naming the people and the reasons that ultimately lead to her decision to kill herself. These tapes have been set in motion to be delivered and listened to by the 13 people who are named on them. When we join the story, we see Clay Jensen receiving the tapes totally unaware of what they are and what they contain but he will soon be in for a horrible revelation.

Now that I have given you a very bare bones synopsis of what the show entails, I will move into the aspects of it that I did like. I thought that the show was very well written and filmed in the sense that it didn’t do a whole lot of jumping around between stories; it laid out each tape and introduced each character in detail so that we, as an audience, could completely grasp what Hannah was trying to get everyone to understand about each instance. I also liked that the show encourages teenagers that are being bullied or having problems to reach out to their peers or other people that they feel like they can trust. Working in a high school this is very important to me because I see kids getting bullied and feeling hopeless and I try to be there for them as best I can so that my students know that they are never alone and they always have someone who cares about them. I also liked that they used everyday examples of real life bullying that some high school students face. Bullying today is very different from it was even 10 years ago because now every teenager has a cell phone that has a camera and a million social media sites that they can use for making another kid’s life a living hell. That is about it for the pros of this series, in my opinion.

On to the negatives…

The first negative that I am going to go into is that it really seems like this series glamorizes teen suicide. Okay, maybe not glamorizes but definitely makes it seem like a viable option for teenagers that are facing struggles and strife. I know that all of the scenarios that the character Hannah Baker went through were more than just minor teenage struggles but to a normal teenager that is dealing with everyday drama, problems at home and school, and those pesky out of control hormones they might take from the show that even the normal stuff they are dealing with is enough to need to end their own precious lives when it should NEVER be an option. Teenagers are extremely impressionable and take whatever meaning they see fit from other things all of the time and I can see this leading to an unnecessary rise in teen suicide. The next negative I took issue with are the two rape scenes that are shown on camera, in detail, and for extensive periods of time. Yes, Netflix did preface the episodes with disclaimers warning the audience of what MIGHT be coming and for that I give them credit. In my opinion; the scenes could’ve been implied, they could be done in narrative so that the audience’s imagination pieced them together however they so chose, or they could’ve started the scene so that the audience got the gist of what was going to happen and then cut away. Even with the disclaimer at the beginning, that may not be enough to convince a rape survivor that they aren’t going to visually relive exactly what they’ve already lived through once and MAY already mentally relive every single day because many shows imply rape and still throw a disclaimer up before the episode giving them a false sense of security coming into this show. Also tons of teenagers watched, are watching, or are planning to watch this show and some of them might have never seen a rape scene as intense as these two but again are lured into watching it with the false sense of security that other shows with those disclaimers have lulled them into. One more negative that bothers me is that Hannah reached out to a counselor in hopes that he would step in, believe what she is telling him, and help save her life and instead, because she is afraid to give him the name of her attacker and because “she never said no” explicitly, she is told that sometimes all you can do is move on. I do not care if you are not given specific details, I do not care if the student expresses a desire for their parents or the proper authorities to not be involved, I do not care WHAT ELSE YOU HAVE GOING ON IN YOUR PERSONAL OR PROFESSIONAL LIFE AT THAT MOMENT; you as an adult and as her school adviser take her words seriously and get her parents and the police called and down to that school IMMEDIATELY because not oly is she hurting and crying out for help but because she is a CHILD! It is your job to protect those students, and that includes even from themselves but, especially from other people if they trust you enough to come to you and you DO NOT take that trust for granted. The final issue I take with this series is that they show Hannah Baker actually taking her own life. Not in cut scenes, not distorted, not any way other than straight on and in your face. You see Hannah walk out of her school after her counselor ignores her pleas for help, you see her go home when she knows her parents won’t be there, you see her run a bath, open a box of razor blades, contemplate what she is about to do, she climbs into the tub with her clothes on, she takes the razor blade to her wrist and drags, you see her cry out and grimace in pain, you see that the first time she pulled it across her wrist she didn’t go deep enough, you then see her have to go over the first cut again to get through the tendons, you see blood pour out of her arm into the tub, then you see her repeat the process on the other side, after she slits her wrists you see her go into shock and start hyperventilating, finally there is a cut scene but when it cuts back her mother finds her dead lifeless body. I take issue with this scene most of all because teenagers (and people in general) that are at the point where they have almost come to the decision to end their life because to them it will never get better could see this and see that it isn’t so bad and push them to go through with an irreversible choice that doesn’t need to be made. I take issue with this because it shows that once you take your own life you become “important”, “people will care about why you did it”, “people will be sorry for mistreating you”, “your death will mean something” and sadly that is not always or even normally the case. The same points and the same emphasis could have been made without showing the actual suicide.

Well I will now close out my ranting about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. I do plan on reading the book to see just how different they really are. Please don’t judge me too harshly on my opinions of this one show, I do see the good they were trying to do with it I just don’t think it was executed correctly. I promise that the next review I do will be something much more lighthearted. Until then, take care of each other and make sure you let the people that you care about know that you are there for them no matter what. Suicide doesn’t need to be an option. If you, or someone you know, is having suicidal thoughts and don’t have anyone that you want to talk to about them please call the Suicide Hotline toll-free at 1-800-273-8255 someone is there 24 hours a day to listen.

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Apology

Good morning everyone,

I just wanted to take a second to apologize for not getting new reviews up very quickly as of late. I had been working three jobs and that had kept me from having time to do almost anything let alone be able to really do things to get to review on here. That being said, if there is ANYTHING that you would like to have me do a review of on here please feel free to email me suggestions at wendyreviewseverything @hotmail.com and I will do my best to find whatever it may be as long as it is available in Southern California.

I have currently cut back to 2 jobs (still working 7 days per week though) so I will have a little bit more time to find stuff to review for you. After May 21st, one of my two jobs is ending so I will absolutely have much more time after then to get reviews done.

Thank you all, that might subscribe and actually be interested in my opinions, for your patience while I try to make ends meet monetarily. I promise that I will get something put up on here very soon for your reading pleasure.

Video Game Review: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Good morning all!

Today I am going to be doing a review of a video game that I have been playing for a while now that I really quite enjoy. The name of the game is Diablo III: Reaper of Souls from the company Blizzard Entertainment, it is a fantasy fighting game similar to Dungeons and Dragons, playable on PC or console.

In Diablo III you start out needing to build a character from one of the 6 classes they offer (with a 7th character class, Necromancer, being added for purchase soon but with no release date as of yet): Barbarian, Crusader, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard. Each of these classes offers a male or female option to choose from. Whichever character class and gender you choose you start out with only a basic low level weapon and a primary skill to fight with, but don’t let that frighten you away because you’re going to pick up gear and gain levels and skills very, very quickly.

Once you’ve made your character you’re going to have two options for game play, either Story Mode or Adventure Mode. In my opinion, both versions of play are great and very fun. I suggest that if you have not played this game or any of the prior games in the Diablo line that you start in Story Mode and go from there as it will give you a good feel of how to play the game and what type of monsters you’re going to be encountering. There are 3 levels you can play on if you are completely brand new to the game, they are: Normal, Hard, and Expert. From there you can unlock the Master difficulty level once you complete the Story Mode and then once your character reaches level 60 the difficulty levels Torement 1-13 are unlocked, and just as they sound they are not easy and you’re going to need good gear to get through them.

Now let’s talk about gear, there are 5 general levels of item quality that you can get either from monsters that you fight, finding them along your way, or by having your blacksmith make them for you. The first quality you’re going to start with is Common items, they are basic items that will work until you find one of the better quality items (which will happen much faster then you’d think). Common items are found when your character is at a low level or you’re playing on an easier difficulty, that is not to say that you can’t or won’t find Common items in the higher levels though.  Common items, when in your inventory will have a gray background. The next quality level is Magic items, these items are still pretty common but are less common than the Common items. Magic items will also always contain at least one special property. Items in this class are found on all difficulty levels of the game and at all skill levels of characters and they are slightly better than Common items. When you pick up a Magic item it will have a blue colored background in your inventory. After Magic items, the next higher quality items are Rare items. Rare items are tougher to find than the previous two classes of items and are better than the other two as well. Rare items have multiple special properties attached to them. These items are found once you’ve started gaining a few levels with your character. In you inventory Rare items have a yellow background. After Rare items comes Set items; as the name implies these items are part of a multi item set that you will either collect piece by piece, have your blacksmith make for you, or you can get certain sets by completing the seasonal challenges. Set items are much more difficult to find than the Common or Magic items, but also have higher special properties that come with them. The other cool part about Set items is that when you collect so many pieces (typically 2, 4 and 6 pieces) you gain other special properties on top of the already in place properties and they normally do a much higher percentage of damage on a certain attack or similar skill powers. You will know what Set you have pieces for by the name of the item as well as there being a list on your inventory screen of all of the names of the items in the particular Set and what body area they go on. Set items start getting found as you gain character levels and the background color in your inventory is green. There are a couple of higher level Set items that can be found: there are Ancient Set items that can only be found on Torment I or higher, and there are Ancient Primal Set items that can only be found after you complete a Greater Rift 70 alone. The final type of item you can get are Legendary type items. Legendary items are the best (with the exception of the two different types of these items I will explain at the end of this) items that you can come across in Diablo III. Legendary items are normally higher powered and come with multiple special properties aimed specifically for your character class. You can start finding Legendary items when you start gaining levels. Besides Set items, Legendary items are going to be the items you want to use with your characters for the most efficiency and highest damage/armor. If you get your character to level 70 and are able to comfortably play on Torment I, you have the chance to find Ancient Legendary items that are better than regular Legenday items and just like Set items if you can complete a Greater Rift 70 alone you can start finding Primal Ancient Legendary items that are as near perfect as possible.As you play through the game you will also find armor items, jewelry pieces, gems, crafting items, cosmetic items, and more.

My personal opinion of this game is that it is very fun, albeit repetitive as you only have so many maps that you can play through HOWEVER you can always change the difficulty to challenge yourself. I have been playing this game for a few months now, have completed the story line, and can play on Torment level 7 with my main character. I have started a second character in a different class type and am now building it up to it’s full potential. As fun as playing the story mode was, my favorite aspect is goblin hunting for hard to get items in Adventure Mode. I like being able to go at the pace I choose and if I decide not to finish a map then I don’t have to. The only disclaimer I will make is that I have only played the console version of this game and do not know if the PC game plays differently.

I highly recommend trying Diablo III: Reaper of Souls if fantasy games are your cup of tea, it has a very good story for Story Mode and Adventure Mode is make your own kind of fun. It is NOT the video game version of Dungeons and Dragons but if you enjoy that kind of imaginative game this will be like bringing that to life.

I hope this review was helpful to anyone that may be looking for a new video game to play and hadn’t heard much about Diablo before.

Review: Pop! Comics

For my very first post on here, I would like to review Pop! Comics a comic book and pop culture store in Anaheim, California. Pop! Comics is one of the most organized comic book stores that I have been into, the staff is incredibly friendly and eager to help in any way they can. There is no shortage of comics in this store, new for that week and past issues as well, but that isn’t all they offer by any means. Pop! carries a plethora of graphic novels, statues, art, clothing, blind bags, key chains, and other miscellaneous finds that might interest the comic enthusiast.

Back to the staff; you are always greeted with a warm welcome when you step into the store, if you have any questions at all they will help as best they can, the store is always exceptionally clean which I credit the wonderful staff with, and some days there is a special little staffer to greet you with a sniff (not to worry, he’s a very sweet kind of shy chihuahua).

If you are into comic book culture and can get to the Anaheim are you should check out Pop! Comics located at 203 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim, CA 92805. You can also check them out on the internet at http://popcomicshop.com/ or call them at (657)230-9121.