More Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why”

Update on the previous post “Suicide, Cassette Tapes, and Sexual Assault – There’s No Dismissing ’13 Reasons Why'”. Since my first post on the show a wave of discussion has ascended upon Netflix’s most recent biggest show. These discussions have pushed me to post again on what is becoming a contentious piece of work.

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When a show starts to make waves I usually have to watch it. The only exceptions are when I am extremely turned off by it. Netflix has made this even more true since its production value has surpassed some broadcast TV stations. When I heard about 13 Reasons Why and how it was dominating Twitter and Facebook feeds, I had to watch it to see what everyone was talking about. Upon completion, I even enjoyed some aspects of the show and agreed with most viewers with how bingeable the show can be. While I did put 13 Reasons Why into the Watch It category since it was a decent show that was just unrealistic in its depiction that screamed teen drama, I now have more concerns about the show.  Continue reading “More Thoughts on “13 Reasons Why””

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” Strikes Again

First a book series, then a successful film – now a polished Netflix series. This is one of the most refined adaptations of a series and nothing can come as close as this does. From the dry, sometimes off-the-cuff narration to the desperation of the children, this show succeeds where the film lost it. For fans, this is a must see.

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‘Strikes again’ is used here to mean returning to the limelight, but in a good way. If you understand that random explanation to express an obvious point, then chances are you are a fan of Lemony Snicket and his wicked series. First published in late 1999 and continued until 2006, this series dominated children’s literature. Parents were quick to buy the series and did not mind reading along as well. When the 2004 film was released with Jim Carey taking the helm as Count Olaf, it was success. However, the film was more tuned to the comedy in the books and missed out on the solemn-toned majority. Netflix succeeds where the movie failed. The quirky one liners and long winded, short-lived characters are brought to a new life we never thought we needed. I put this in the Watch It category because although fans will love this, I do not believe this to be a show or book that will connect to all audiences. While containing adult material the series is exaggerated for a certain audience to be watching. The advantage this show has is that most of its fans are now grown and more children are continuing to read. While I do think this is a binge-able show for those that love it, it will not have the same flare for those just welcomed to the hit. That being said, some of you will not understand and appreciate the style of Lemony Snicket and his work. I do welcome anyone who wishes to try the series out. Continue reading ““A Series of Unfortunate Events” Strikes Again”