When I first saw this show being advertised on Netflix, I wasn't sure if I would watch it. I love supernatural type shows, but I am not the biggest fan of Winona Ryder. I had one afternoon where I wasn't sure what to watch, so I decided to give Stranger Things a shot and whoa! I'm glad I did because it wasn't just supernatural. It was dark and interesting and mind bending. I'm just sad there's only one season at the moment!
While I'm waiting for season two, why not reflect on the show by comparing key aspects of it to my favorite thing, books? I saw this tag originally done by Ava at Bookishness and Tea and I want to thank her for doing it so well.
The Vanishing of Will Byers
The First Book in a Series That Left You Intrigued and Slightly Confused
I think this is one of the first book in my recent trend with books that has characters that are villains or anti-heroes that I like more than I would have in the past. The Darkling, for example, starts out as something of a good person, or at least you're lead to believe he is. By the end, though, perceptions have changed and you aren't sure what's happened, only that what you believed clearly is either wrong or is warped.
I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I'm curious to see how this turns out. His development especially is confusing because I'm not sure how I'm meant to view him.
The Upside Down
A Book With a Setting You Would Never Want to Live In
Westeros has some great stories in it (three cheers for Daenerys!) but I would never want to live there. I'm sure there are some beautiful landscapes and the architecture in some of the cities is gorgeous in the show, but the politics would make my existence there a terrible thing. I don't have the stomach for political intrigue and if you don't play that game here, you're soon a dead man. This is all besides the fact that the medical technology is obviously medieval, so I'd probably die sooner than necessary anyway.
A Book You Own That Is Somewhat Damaged, But Loved to Pieces
I found an old copy of Sherlock Holmes stories at a garage sale years ago and it was the most complete edition I've ever seen. Have you ever noticed how volumes these days will say "complete" but will actually be volume one of however many? Well, this was a hardbound edition and it was the real deal. It's too old to have a ISBN, so the above picture will have to to, but it's been well loved since I got it. The binding is a bit fragmented at this point and coming away from the paper, so it stays shelved now until I can find a professional book mender to bring it back to life.
Mike, Lucas, and Dustin
A Trilogy You Always Go to Whenever You Need a Pick-Me-Up
This one is sort of true, sort of not? When I need a pick-me-up I do turn to Lord of the Rings, but it's because I want to try and actually finish the book rather than because I've actually finished it and want to reread it. I love the movies and have watched them dozens of times, but it's been difficult for me to actually finish the book because it's so long. I know it's also not really a trilogy, though it is traditionally published as a three volume set, so does this count really? Sure, why not? All hail Sam, the true hero of the book!
A Book With a Terrifying Beast You Wouldn't Want to Face in a Dark Alley
A Book With a Villain Who is Both Manipulative and Dedicated
A Book You Didn't Expect to Love
Anna and the French Kiss ended up being a lot of fun. Anna was the airhead I thought she would be and Etienne wasn't the typical overheated YA hero. Their story was a fun contemporary read.
A Book With a Setting That's Just a Little Bit Strange
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