“Which is why it pays to pretend you’re just like everyone else, even if you've always known you’re different. It’s your own fault, I told myself then- my fault I can’t be normal, my fault I can’t be like Romer or Ryan or Charlie or the others. It’s your own fault, I tell myself now.”
-Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
“Just once I would like to be the direction someone else is going.
I don’t need to be the water in the well.
I don’t need to be the well.
But I’d like to not be the ground anymore.
I’d like to not be the thing people dig their hands in anymore.”
-13 Reasons Why
“I learned that there is good in this world, if you look hard enough for it. I learned that not everyone is disappointing, including me, and that a 1,257- foot bump in the ground can feel higher than a bell tower if you’re standing next to the right person.”
-Jennifer Niven, All the Bright Places
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” - Helen Keller. We all have those tough times when nothing can cheer us up. When we have lost all hope in ourselves. This is when a friend swoops in like a superhero, to save us from staying sad. They pick us up and back onto our feet. Without these very special people in our lives, we would only go down. The people surrounding you, or the lack thereof, is what defines the way you live. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven connects to the T.V. show 13 Reasons Why produced by Joseph Incaprera because they both deal with the main characters’ emotions with and without friendship.
The image really illuminates the ideas of the three quotes above because it shows the emotions running through the main character, Hannah, while she realizes her friendship with Clay, one of her only true friends, is being torn apart. This picture reveals the most about the last quote because they are opposite of each other. In the third quote, the main character Theodore is very happy because he is falling in love with a girl named Violet, and he is spending more and more time with her. By showing the picture with this quote, it takes the fact that friendship plays an important role on your mental stability to a whole new level. The other two quotes, one from the book and one from the show, are illuminated by the picture because the picture sets a good foundation on the emotions that are being portrayed, and it makes it easier to build on top of those emotions based on the words in the quote. When the quotes are there along with the picture, it is also easier to come up with a thematic idea of loneliness and how it consumes your life.
The quotes also illuminate the meaning of the picture. Although a picture is worth one thousand words, the words in the quotes are very important to the picture. In the first quote from All the Bright Places, Niven writes “it pays to pretend you’re just like everyone else, even if you've always known you’re different.” It’s significant that the author wrote pretend to be someone else instead of changing to be someone else. This helps to understand the same emotions going on in the picture. Hannah doesn’t want to pretend to be someone she isn’t and at this point, she finally cracks and reveals the person she really wants to be. It would be hard for her to do this if she kept herself bottled up like Theodore said not to do. Theodore’s words are important because they establish the fact that being different is okay, but you have to find those few people who really understand you and embrace you for your differences. That’s what Hannah failed to do because she didn’t seek help from the people who saw her for her.
The first quotes I selected are central to the ideas of the book because the book is all about making friends and seeing what you can find out about you and another person by spending time together. The first quote is a little bit more depressing that the third one, but it serves the purpose of establishing the ideas of loneliness and being sad. The second quote from the T.V shows the yearning for companionship and acceptance when saying “Just once I would like to be the direction someone else is going.” The third quote shows an after effect of making friends who understand you and accept you for who you are. Unlike the show where the main character doesn’t have hope to turn around her life, the main characters in All the Bright Places find each other to better their lives from the depressing state it was in before.
That’s why friendship is everything. No matter what you will always have a shoulder to cry on and a person who is there for you 100% of the way. Overall, the three quotes from both All the Bright Places and 13 Reasons Why and the picture from 13 Reasons Why illuminates each other because of the visuals and building on emotions it provides. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment what you think!