March 31, 2017, Netflix released the first season of 13 Reasons Why which resulted in a national chatter of if the company had crossed the line of what is and isn’t acceptable.
Earlier this summer, on July 14, 2017, Netflix released the movie To the Bone, a story about a young adult female who is battling with Anorexia Nervosa and is living in a house with peers who also suffer from eating disorders.
Both productions on Netflix have dealt with death, relevant mental disorders in this generation’s teenagers and the line of what is too far and what’s not too far.
13 Reasons Why created an uproar when viewers realized that the narrator, Hannah Baker commits suicide on screen, and consequently caused the main protagonist, Clay Jensen severe mental distress.
To take it further, To the Bone portrayed a female with an eating disorder, attempting to get help but instead of demonstrating how eating disorders get better, how life gets better, and recovery is possible, they showed how life doesn’t always get better. Which is a reasonable wake-up call to the average American, demonstrating how life is not always sunshine and rainbows.
One of the characters in the film has a miscarriage, due to her eating disorder. Another character finds out that he may never resume his passion of dance due to a problem with his knees. The main character finds out that she is causing her little sister more pain than she realized, all while saying that the road to recovery is not easy. But did they do this in a positive way?
While there are other darker Netflix originals, such as Hemlock Grove, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Black Mirror, none of them are nearly as real and as triggering as To the Bone and 13 Reasons Why.
But the real question is: Is this suddenly dark originals a representation of the future of mankind? Are we doomed to be riddled with mental diseases inescapable by our inner-monsters? Is this a sign?