Hey, everyone! I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly counting down the days till October 27th, which is the season premiere of Stranger Things! If you haven’t watched it yet, you still have time to squeeze in all 13 episodes before the next season, and I highly advise that you do so. In the meantime, with the height of spook season upon us, I’ve got a list of things you can do while you’re waiting for Netflix to give us what we’ve all been waiting for. These should be able to hold you off until the time comes:
WHAT TO READ
Ok, guys, I was seriously so shook when I read this series. Heck, I’m still shook. This is one of the greatest series I have ever read. If you’ve never read graphic novels/manga, it doesn’t even matter, because you should still read these ESPECIALLY if you’ve seen Stranger Things because they have a ton in common! The biggest difference is the setting. Akira takes place in Neo Tokyo- a dystopian Tokyo set in the 2020s (this series was written in the 80s). A young group of boys accidentally discover supernatural kids that are being hidden by the shady af government- sound familiar? What happens afterwards is pretty much unthinkable. There is also a movie version, which I haven’t seen. From what I’ve read, it seems as though it strays a lot from the books. When I watch it, I’ll be sure to update you guys on what’s up.
Set in a slightly later time frame than Stranger Things, Paper Girls follows four young girls growing up in a Cleveland suburb (not a far cry from Indiana!) as they encounter aliens from the future. This series is more of a future-meets-past kind of situation, but the idea of young, Midwestern kids who have to figure out why their world gets overridden by aliens is canonically in line with Stranger Things. This series is far from finished- the new issue just came out, so it’d be super easy to catch up!
WHAT TO WATCH
ET the Extraterrestrial
It’s no secret that Stranger Things was heavily influenced by ET. The scene where Eleven gets dressed up, the kids riding their bikes around Hawkins, and many other moments are blatant homages to the Spielberg classic. If you haven’t seen ET, or just want to rewatch one of the most iconic movies of all time, you can stream it right now on Netflix.
The Duffer Brothers were also clearly inspired by The Goonies. The Stranger Things gang and The Goonies are bicycle-riding, adventure chasing misfits. In Stranger Things, the police chase after the kids and in The Goonies, the thieves want their hands on the treasure! There are more similarities, but I’ll stop listing them, so you can find them for yourself. The Goonies is not on Netflix, but I’m sure you can seek out an alternative method to watching this classic.
WHAT TO LISTEN TO
One listen to Tangerine Dream, and you’d swear that they composed the Stranger Things music! The synth-heavy, out of this world sound gives off major Stranger Things vibes. I recommend listening to their song called “The Greek Mirror” on Spotify.
This one’s kind of obvious, but you can listen to the soundtrack on Spotify to relive key moments from Season 1. The album is 36 songs and will definitely leave you feeling all the feels! If you’re not into the synth stuff, tons of users have curated their own Stranger Things playlists on both Spotify and YouTube- don’t forget to listen to the ever-so-important Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash!
Between books, movies, and playlists, this list will keep you occupied till October 27th. How are you getting into the Stranger Things spirit? What was your favorite moment in season 1? Kick off a discussion in the comments- I’d love to chat with you about this series!
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