13 REA­SONS WHY

North & South - - Review -

DVD: Teen drama se­ries ( RP18) The de­bate about whether it’s okay to talk about sui­cide, let alone use it as a cen­tral plot de­vice in a TV show, reached fever pitch when this screened on Net­flix last year. The se­ries is rated RP18 (adult su­per­vi­sion re­quired), but a re­cent sur­vey found 43% of Kiwi teens had seen it – and most prob­a­bly binge-watched alone in their be­d­rooms. One I spoke to found the grit­tier scenes dis­turb­ing but au­then­ti­cally han­dled, although she said a lack of char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment be­yond the cen­tral role of 17-yearold Han­nah left her feel­ing a lit­tle emo­tion­ally de­tached. A sec­ond se­ries is on its way, so if you’re a par­ent, here’s the chance to do some re­search of your own.

JOANNA WANE

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