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Hannah Baker is a fictional character created by American author Jay Asher. She is the subject of his 2007 young adult fiction mystery novel Thirteen Reasons Why, which was adapted by the media company Netflix as 13 Reasons Why.
Why She Sucks
- In many of the tapes, she has fabricated many of the events that led her to kill herself, and constantly plays the victim. For example, she claims that if Clay had stayed, she wouldn't have killed herself. She also villainizes Mr. Porter even though she lied about being okay, not meaning what she said. More information will be in the next pointers.
- She bullied Clay back when she was alive. During the first few episodes, flashbacks show her insulting Clay. She calls him a nerd, mocks things he likes, and calls him boring. Even worse, Clay didn't do anything wrong to her.
- For example, when she and Clay were at the basketball game, she compares him to Justin - who Clay is now realizing she has a thing for - and she says "You'll fill out one day...maybe" and then asks if his father is also "Thin and nervous."
- She never solves her own problems. She doesn't tell Mr. Porter her rapist's name and becomes upset when he tells Baker if she refuses to disclose any information then the only option was to move on. It's not even Mr. Porter's fault.
- She doesn't stop Bryce from assaulting Jessica. She doesn't push him off, call the police or do anything. It makes her a huge hypocrite considering that she spoke harshly about bystanders watching her own pain from afar.
- Had Jessica killed herself because of the trauma she received from the rape, Baker would've been one of her reasons.
- More hypocrisy: Tyler Down, one of the characters, was verbally bullied, tormented, and physically assaulted his entire life, and uses photography as his only way of connecting with the world. Being bullied herself, Baker wouldn't want anyone to go down that path in life. Yet Baker uses the tapes to ostracize Tyler even more.
- Katherine Langford's performance as Baker is alright.