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Hannah Baker is a fictional character and a posthumous antagonist of the 2007 young adult fiction mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why by writer, Jay Asher, which was adapted by the media company Netflix as 13 Reasons Why (replacing the word “13” with a number of said “13”). Hannah is introduced as a sophomore at the fictional Liberty High School, where she struggles to adjust to living in an unsympathetic school environment and leading to recording thirteen tapes for those so-called "reasonings". She was played by Katherine Langford.
13 Reasons Why She Sucked
- Unlike her book counterpart, her TV counterpart was horribly flanderized into an extremely unlikable character, to the point where the viewer doesn't even feel for her. In other words, her character is a bad deception on people who actually have suicidal thoughts.
- Similar to characters such as Modern Brian Griffin from Family Guy and Bella Swan from Twilight, she is known to be selfish, entitled, and demeaning.
- She abuses Clay, the main protagonist, constantly pushes him away, and doesn't even say sorry. Even worse, Clay didn't do anything wrong.
- All Hannah wanted to do was to make the people that caused her to commit suicide to feel bad by including their names on the tapes.
- She records 13 tapes and leaves them behind. To be heard after she's gone. She then becomes the voice-over for all the events that happen after she kills herself. In effect, it showcases that you can kill yourself and then be around to observe the aftermath and people's response to your decision.
- She kills herself to teach certain people a lesson. That they were mean to her and weren't around when she needed them. "You weren't nice to me, now I've killed myself and left you these tapes describing in excruciating detail how bad a person you are. Live with that guilt now. I'm out of here!".
- The depiction of killing herself is not only graphic, raw, and very messy, but very unrealistic and uncomfortable. It's also a great 101 on how to get it right and not screw it up. The blood gushing, which way to cut, how much water in the bathtub – all presented as what's a 'How To' video on suicide to be followed.
- She is shown to have some major challenges and problems. But she's responsible for most of them due to her seriously bad life choices. Again and again. Pretty much like any teenager. Her character present suicide as a good response for when the challenges of life seem to overwhelm you. No lessons on how to overcome challenges, or why taking a bad decision every single time can lead to bad situations.
- In addition, Hannah also has great parents. Involved and comforting, they're always there for her and take an active part in her life. Ditto she still has a few friends and a great counselor at school too. But for the stake of the storyline, she conveniently ignores them when needed. Thus when she kills herself, she's convinced she has no one, clearly forgetting her parents.
- She records on cassette tape and the main reasons why Hannah loses it are all tech and social media related. The first trigger is a (not very nice) picture taken of her and shared on instant messaging with the whole school, followed by more meanness resonated through social networks. She shows technology as the villain without giving any lessons on handling social media when it turns against you.
- She's why Clay has ridiculous and supernatural visions of her in season 2.
- In the third season, she is not mentioned at all, and is shoved out of the picture.
- Because of all of these qualities, she is completely unfaithful to her book counterpart (who is more likable and sympathetic for what she has to go through in the book even if she has some flaws in the book). Worse still, because of the reasons above her, her bad qualities from the book that only appeared a few times is exaggerated and even more obvious than in the book to the point where she comes off as sadistic and a jerk.
- Katherine Langford did a good job playing as her.
- Her original book counterpart is likable and sympathetic as she was innocent and not even selfish and she was a good character in the book series originally and a lot better in season 1, though that's not saying much since she was very flawed during that season too.