Stranger Things

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Name: Stranger Things
Abbreviation(s): ST, SThings
Creator: The Duffer Brothers
Date(s): July 15, 2016 – present
Medium: television
Country of Origin: USA
External Links: Official site
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Stranger Things is a supernatural horror Netflix TV series that was released in July 2016. It stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Charlie Heaton, and Shannon Purser as fan-fave Barb.

Stranger Things is notable for the way it pays homage to (or sometimes makes overt references to) horror or supernatural movies of the 1980s, like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Carrie, or Alien,[1] and also 80s pop culture such as Star Wars and Ghostbusters.

Stranger Things was created by brothers, Matt and Ross Duffer, and sold to Netflix after being turned down by over ten developers. The story is based off a myth originating in Montauk, New York about a government facility that kidnapped children and performed experiments on them during the Cold War. The show began filming in 2015 using sites around Atlanta, Georgia. The first season was released in 2016, was renewed, and the second season was released in 2017. Season three is set to premiere at an undetermined time in 2019.

Canon

On November 6, 1983 in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation. Will's friends Dustin, Mike and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl who claims to know Will's location. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, while a more insidious force lurks below the surface.[2]

Main Characters

  • Joyce Byers
  • Chief Jim Hopper
  • Mike Wheeler
  • Eleven ("El")
  • Dustin Henderson
  • Lucas Sinclair
  • Nancy Wheeler
  • Jonathan Byers
  • Will Byers
  • Steve Harrington

Reccurring Characters

  • Karen Wheeler
  • Dr. Martin Brenner
  • Barbara "Barb" Holland
  • Lonnie
  • Officer Powell
  • Officer Callahan
  • Scott Clarke
  • Bob Newby
  • Billy Hargrove
  • Max Mayfield
  • Sam Owens
  • Kali Prasad
  • Mews Henderson

Fandom

Stranger Things is a new fandom and has been growing in popularity since its release, especially in August 2016 after being recced constantly on Facebook and Tumblr. Fanworks started appearing nearly immediately on Archive of Our Own, Tumblr, and FanFiction.net. Stranger Things RPF has also appeared.

Statistics

  • In 2016, Stranger Things was ranked eleventh in the Top 20 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr[3].
  • In 2017, Stranger Things moved up three places, ranking eighth in the Top 30 "most reblogged" live-action television show on Tumblr.[4]
  • In 2018, Stranger Things remained in eighth place on Tumblr's list of the Top 30 "most reblogged" live-action television shows[5]

Pairings

Challenges

Conventions

JusticeforBarb

After season one and the death of character Barb Holland fans began tweeting #justiceforbarb, feeling that the character's death was not given the weight it should have been during the season. The hashtag became a fan campaign, it attracted the notice of the show's creators and stars. Barb's popularity and the anger at her death was a surprise

Brian Moylan suggested it’s because a certain type of fan sees something of themselves in her, the kind of girl who doesn’t get invited to the prom and instead stays home to polish her rock collection. Like Daria Morgendorffer or Enid and Rebecca of Daniel Clowes’ “Ghost World,” disaffected loners on the outside of teen life looking in, Barb stands in for the outcasts and the misfits.[6]

As a result of the campaign the show's creators promised that fans would find justice for Barb in the second season, and bringing closure to Barb's story was a large part of Nancy's arc.

Example Fanworks

Fanart

Fanfiction

Fanvids

Meta

Other

Archives & Fannish Links

Tumblr

DeviantART

Resources

References

  1. For examples, see this July 2016 Vulture article
  2. Wikipedia
  3. 2016′s Top TV Shows - Live Action
  4. 2017′s Top Live-Action TV Shows
  5. 2018’s Top Live-Action TV Shows
  6. The cult of Barb: Why the Internet is obsessed with the “Stranger Things” doomed sidekick
  7. archived, 4,297 notes as of 30 August 2016
  8. archived, 48,741 notes as of 30 August 2016
  9. archived