People Are Questioning Whether Hannah Baker Even Had A Mental Illness
Carly Cassella
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To me it seems that the show does not really achieve its goal to demonstrate that ‘it could happen to anyone’ because some of the main characters are constructed as being out of the ordinary. Hannah especially does not seem like your average high school girl. To the omnipresent audience, she might even seem the girl they want to be in high school: clever, good-looking, witty. Some critics say that precisely this could contribute to the theme that ‘it could happen to anybody’. But it could also go the other way around. It could encourage people to romanticise her character. This is ultimately the danger of TV not really knowing how teenagers behave in real life, casting attractive people exclusively and focusing on unrealistic dialogue and plot.

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