Stop Loving '13 Reasons Why'

Stop Loving '13 Reasons Why'

Honestly, it’s not something that should be loved.


The Selena Gomez-led, Netflix adaptation of the popular novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why has been out for over a week now. Many people have watched it, I personally did it within two days (starting on the night it came out). The reaction that this show has received and the feedback it has gotten are worthy of the show, well, most of it. The reaction that it shouldn’t be receiving? Love.

Before you start ripping me to shreds, hear me out.

I read the book, it is honestly one of my most favorite books. When it was first announced that an adaptation was in the works, I was thrilled. This is a book that is worthy of a proper adaptation (not like the adaptations that Percy Jackson has received). I knew though that I would only watch the show if the adaptation was close to the book because too many changes would utterly ruin it for me.

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Yes, I watched the show and thoroughly enjoyed it. There are funny parts mixed in with the overall seriousness of the entire show. The further you get into the show, the more serious it gets. It does not sugar coat anything. And when I say anything, I mean…anything. You see two rapes, very vividly (and it’s hard to watch). You see Hannah Baker slitting her wrists and killing herself (and that is just as hard). You see death and violence and bullying at its absolute worst. This is not a show that should be loved.

This is a show detailing the thirteen reasons why a girl decided to end her life. Some of those reasons are major, some may seem minor, but they are all reasons. It’s not a fun show to watch. It’s not an intense drama where you can’t wait until the next season to find out more. Hannah Baker is dead, she’s not like Alison DiLaurentis and is actually hiding out secretly alive. She is dead and her story is finished in Episode 13.

This is not a show that should be loved. This is a show that should be watched and understood.

I’ve seen people finish the series and say immediately, “There needs to be another season!” But my honest question is, “Why?” To be blunt, the plot for a second season has already been established by the last episode: school shooting, Tyler will do it, and all of the “Reasons” except for Alex will be his targets. If you haven’t figured that out yet, well I’m sorry. (Not really.) That is what a second season would be if there is one. So you’re saying you are so fascinated with these characters who led a girl to kill herself that you want another season to see them brutally killed in a school shooting?

This show, and the book that it comes from, are important for their very realistic portrayal of bullying in high school and for not romanticizing suicide. But you do not need another season. You need to walk away from Netflix and take what you have realized from this show and either change your ways or help others.

I don’t want another season, I want my friend who has had suicidal tendencies in the past to realize that he is valued and wanted. I will admit, I have experienced friends try or consider trying suicide and it is an awful thing to experience, hope you never have to. I will not elaborate, those stories are not mine to tell. But you need to realize that there are people around you who are hurting…help them.

If you have learned one thing from loving this show it should be this: everything matters, every action matters, every word matters. You do not know what is going on in someone’s life. Be a friend. Be there.

Please, if you are worried about yourself or a friend, do not be afraid to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
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How SoundCloud Is Changing The Music Industry

Many of the most popular artists in the music industry all got their start on SoundCloud.

It’s no secret that the term “SoundCloud rapper” has changed in recent years. Due to the number of popular artists that originated from SoundCloud, aspiring artists are posting their music there in hopes of becoming famous now more than ever. This phenomenon has helped crank out some of the hottest artists in the music industry right now, and there are more artists blowing up every month.

Soundcloud has changed the game in the hip-hop scene. It was first founded in June of 2007 in Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss and was launched in October of 2008. It was originally intended to allow musicians to collaborate by facilitating the sharing and discussion of recorded audio but quickly became a music distribution tool. It offers a platform for artists to build a profile of their music and gain a following.

With the amount of music and so-called “SoundCloud rappers” on the site, the industry is flooding with more and more talent. Some of your favorite artists who are topping the Billboard Top 100 charts right now originated from Soundcloud, and you might not even know it.

Recent notable artists that got their start on SoundCloud include XXXTentacion, Post Malone, Lil Pump, Travis Scott, Playboi Carti, Lil Yachty, and even Lil Uzi Vert. They first started posting their music on Soundcloud and quickly built significant followings. Not only have they not been known for more than a couple years, but some of them have made timeless classics that you’ll be hearing for many years to come.

Post Malone’s first studio album, “Stoney [Deluxe Version],” released on December 6th, 2016, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top 100 and was on the Billboard Top 100 for seventeen straight weeks. His album went platinum less than six months after being released. That album then reached double-platinum about six and a half months later.

His most popular song on that album, “Congratulations,” went platinum in about three and a half months after its release and has since gone 7x Platinum (selling seven million units) a little over a year and three months after its release according to the RIAA.

Another prime example of a popular SoundCloud originating artist is Lil Pump, who was one of the fastest growing artists in 2017 and 2018. He released his first album ever, "Lil Pump," on October 6th of 2017. On that album was his song, “Gucci Gang,” which went platinum a little after four months from its original release on September 1st of 2017.

For a SoundCloud artist who first started making music in late 2016 and putting up big numbers on SoundCloud with songs like "Boss," which went RIAA certified gold, and "Drose" in 2017, he's a prime example of an artist that originated from SoundCloud and became one of the biggest names in hip-hop in just under a year.

These hip-hop artists, along with many others, that originated from Soundcloud have made big marks on the music industry by making multiple platinum and triple platinum hits on multiple songs and albums, as well as some making songs that each top the Billboard Top 100 Charts consistently for multiple weeks in a row.

These facts not only describe the artists themselves, but it also paints a picture of how Soundcloud and the internet are shaping the music industry and making music more successful and accessible than ever. Soundcloud is one of the primary drivers of bringing up new artists and making networking easier than it ever has by allowing music to flourish and reach more people.

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Gen Z Will Never Truly Understand How We Felt Growing Up With Harry Potter

I met Emma Watson in real life, and I'm surprised I didn't cry.

Is it just me or are other people also getting the feels for the new Fantastic Beast film? I’m a huge Harry Potter nerd. I cried so hard in the movie theater when the last Harry Potter movie screened. I’m so in love with the series, so much so that I’m planning to get the Deathly Hallows tattooed on me.

To be honest, I’m surprised I haven’t even gotten it done yet! Kiddos of Generation Z, the ones born after the Millennials, will never truly understand the intensity of what it felt like growing up watching the franchise.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the new Fantastic Beast franchise but only because I was in denial for so long that my childhood had ended when the Harry Potter movies did.

I grew up with the magical trio themselves. I was around six when the first movie came out, and at the time I had two really close best friends, so it was as if I saw us three on the screen.

Recently, I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. I have dreamt of going to the UK to visit the set of Harry Potter for the real deal but I haven’t had the opportunity yet. Universal Studios is the best I can do for now. When I was there, I realized that the majority of people who were having the most fun were people in their early 20s. Sure there were little rascals running around in little robes and wands but us, millennials, grew up with so much curiosity; wondering what the wizarding world was like.

1. Wondering what butterbeer tastes like

2. Waiting to receive your Hogwarts acceptance letter

3. Punching Dudley in the face

4. Looking for Platform 9 and 3/4 at every train station you went to

5. Getting sorted into your house

(By the way, I’m Slytherin.)

6. Playing Quidditch

There's Quidditch in college, guys. I'm shook.

7. Spending most of your childhood going “It’s leviOsa, not leviosA”

I teared up going through “Hogwarts” when I was on the ride. Harry Potter meant so much more to me than just a movie. While he was going through difficult trials in his life, fighting Voldemort and trolls in the girl’s bathroom, I was being bullied and fighting Voldemorts and trolls of my own. Harry gave me hope that I wouldn’t give up. No matter how many times I felt like I’d lost, I remembered him not quitting and as a young teen constantly watching movies and being surrounded by media. I think I chose a pretty good role model.

Growing up side by side with Harry and being around the same age as him, allowed me to fight my battles while he was fighting his. I’m happy that people of Gen Z will be able to experience a different type of wonder and curiosity through the new franchise. It was a magical experience for me and I hope it is for them as well.

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