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Name(s): Stranger Things
Abbreviation(s): ST, SThings
Creator: The Duffer Brothers
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Date(s): July 15, 2016 – present
Country of Origin: USA
Medium: Television
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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 Joe Keery.

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 premiered on the Fourth of July in 2019, and season four is set to be released on Netflix on September 30th, 2020.

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 Cast

Main Characters

Reccurring Characters

Fandom

See: An Incomplete List of Stranger Things Fans

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. The fandom also has a strong presence on Reddit, Twitter and Instagram. Because the show draws inspiration from a lot of 80s media and uses it to plant clues and easter eggs, the fandom tends to write a lot of analysis and meta pointing them out. Before each new season drops the fandom sees an increase in discussions and theories about what's going to happen next, often encouraged by the Stranger Things official accounts on social media.

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]
  • In July of 2019, after the release of the third season, the show appeared for the first time in letzan's Top 20 Femslash Week in Review[6]

Pairings

Challenges

Fandom Events

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.[7]

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

2017

this was an Iconic Look, Archived version by DiWhitneyCharacter(s): Nancy WheelerDate: 20 December 2017Genre: needs tags

2018

I recieved SEVEN sketchbooks for Christmas and apparently the first one is just. Basically. All. Stranger Things. Oh well., Archived version by Hetteh-SpegettehDate: 14 January 2018Length: 6 piecesGenre: needs tags
Stranger Things 2 Chapter one : MADMAX, Archived version by Gop GapDate: 2018Length: 5 pieces
ST Toile 2, Archived version by Julie Prescesky

Fanfiction

Fanvids

it’s all for you her, Archived version by M11keeCharacter(s): Eleven, Mike WheelerRelationship: MilevenDate: unknownLength: 0:34 secondsGenre: needs tags

Gifset

2017

link, Archived version by DespairingFeverCharacter(s): Mike WheelerDate: 10 January 2017Genre: Canon
link, Archived version by EggoGorgonCharacter(s): Karen Wheeler, Mike WheelerRelationship: Karen Wheeler & Mike WheelerDate: 20 May 2017Length: 3 piecesGenre: Canon
No. After school, you all go home. Immediately. That means no biking around looking for your friend, no investigating, no nonsense. This isn’t some Lord of the Rings book., Archived version by PersebhoneCharacter(s): Martin Brenner, ElevenDate: 16 August 2017Length: 8 piecesGenre: Canon
Stranger Things S2, Archived version by ElevnnsDate: 01 November 2017Length: 8 piecesGenre: Canon
Nothing’s gonna go back to the way that it was.
you’ll see him, soon. in real life, not in that head of yours., Archived version by StrangerThingsCastCharacter(s): Eleven, Steve Harrington, Jim Hopper, Max Mayfield, Lucas Sinclair, Mike WheelerRelationship: MilevenDate: 02 November 2017Length: 8 piecesGenre: Canon
link, Archived version by CloudSonds via StrangersThingsDailyCharacter(s): Scott Clarke, Dustin Henderson, Lucas Sinclair, Mike WheelerRelationship: Will Byers & Lucas SinclairDate: 06 November 2017Length: 4 piecesGenre: Canon
will byers + mental states, Archived version by BylerlyCharacter(s): Will ByersDate: 19 December 2017Length: 18 piecesGenre: needs tags

2018

CW: Blood Stranger Things ► S1: Chapter Three: Holly, Jolly, Archived version by RogerdeakinsdpCharacter(s): Joyce Byers, Eleven, Mike Wheeler, Nancy WheelerDate: 21 January 2018Length: 8 piecesGenre: needs tags

2019

hopper & eleven and their iconic daddy daughter duo dynamic, Archived version by JxpperCharacter(s): Eleven, Jim HopperRelationship: ElhopDate: 18 April 2019Length: 7 piecesGenre: needs tags

2020

“The Dingus has...other qualities.”, Archived version by StevesNailBatCharacter(s): Steve HarringtonDate: 13 August 2020Length: 7 piecesGenre: needs tags
Top 12 Characters as Voted by Our Followers: 12. Jonathan Byers, Archived version by TVStrangerThingsCharacter(s): Jonathan ByersDate: 24 October 2020Length: 10 piecesGenre: needs tags
CW: Blood, D-ath Mention, Violence, Weaponry SUBVERT (v.) to undermine the power or authority (of an established system), Archived version by TransVanyaCharacter(s): Robin Buckley, Jonathan Byers, Joyce Byers, Will Byers, Eleven, Steve Harrington, Barbara Holland, Jim Hopper, Nancy WheelerRelationship: Robin Buckley & Steve Harrington, Jonathan Byers & Steve Harrington & Nancy Wheeler, StancyDate: 26 October 2020Length: 9 piecesGenre: needs tags
TROPE (n.) commonly recurring rhetorical devices, motifs, or clichés
link, Archived version by LesbianRobinCharacter(s): Robin Buckley, Steve HarringtonRelationship: Robin Buckley & Steve HarringtonDate: 25 December 2020Length: 5 piecesGenre: needs tags
anonymous requested: steve and robin + “strawberry milkshake, Archived version

2021

STRANGER THINGS 2, CHAPTER SIX: THE SPY, Archived version by LesbianRobinCharacter(s): Joyce Byers, Steve Harrington, Dustin Henderson, Max Mayfield, Bob Newby, Lucas Sinclair, Mike WheelerDate: 23 February 2021Length: 7 piecesGenre: needs tags
Happy Birthday, Mike Wheeler!, Archived version by Mike-WheelerrsCharacter(s): Mike WheelerDate: 07 April 2021Length: 8 piecesGenre: needs tags

Date Published Unknown

stranger things meme ✿ ( 1/10 episodes ), Archived version by MichaelsWheelerDate: unknownLength: 7 piecesGenre: Canon
Chapter Seven: The Bathtub. ❝Awesome. It was awesome. Everything I said about you being a traitor, I was wrong. I’m sorry.

Meta

Web Graphic

Have you seen me?, Archived version by NotAHammerCharacter(s): Joyce Byers, Will Byers, Eleven, Dustin Henderson, Lucas Sinclair, Mike WheelerRelationship: Will Byers & Dustin Henderson & Lucas Sinclair & Mike WheelerDate: 15 September 2016Length: 3 piecesGenre: needs tags

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