It is no secret that Netflix’s Stranger Things has become a cultural phenomenon. With two seasons under its belt and a highly-anticipated third season coming in 2019, the culture has become obsessed with the Duffer Brothers’ irresistibly entertaining throwback to the 1980’s and some of the best storytelling inspired by Stephen King and Steven Spielberg.
The series looks to be the textbook example of why 1980’s culture is coming back to the modern age in full-force. With that in mind, journalist and author Joseph Vogel has written a book entitled, Stranger Things and the ’80s: The Complete Retro Guide. This book explores the influences on the hit series as well as how it brought such a major impact into the cultural zeitgeist.
You can read the official press release for the upcoming book down below:
Stranger Things creators, the Duffer Brothers, describe the popular Netflix series as a
“love letter to the ‘80s.” Stranger Things and the ‘80s: The Complete Retro Guide
(Cardinal Books; Hardback On Sale October 15, 2018; $24.95) reveals how accurate
that characterization is. From its synth soundtrack, to its retro fonts, to its nostalgic nods
to Spielberg and Stephen King, the hit show restored in vivid detail the pulse and feel of
Joseph Vogel—author of critically acclaimed books on ‘80s icons Michael Jackson and
Prince—dives deep into that world, offering the first serious exploration of the series and
its influences, including:
● The parallels to the show’s biggest touchstone: the 1982 classic, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial
● The significance of The Clash’s hit song, “Should I Stay Or Should I Go”
● The context behind Dungeons & Dragons—which incited a national panic in the ‘80s—and an explanation
of the role the game plays in the show
● The connections to a host of ‘80s books and movies, including Stand By Me, IT, The Thing, Aliens, and The
Since its premiere in the summer of 2016, Stranger Things has become a global phenomenon, watched in over 190
countries and inspiring endless social media memes. The 1980s, meanwhile, continue to pervade popular culture in
movies (Ready Player One), music (Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars), documentaries (CNN’s The Eighties), and fashion.
At the forefront of this period renaissance is Stranger Things.
Released ahead of the highly anticipated third season, Stranger Things and the ‘80s is the ultimate companion to
the hit show and the era that inspired it.
Stranger Things and the ‘80s will also be released as an Exclusive Kindle eBook and Audible Audiobook.
This book will certainly be a must-read for any fans of Stranger Things and for those who have a passion for the popular culture of the ’80s. Perhaps this will be a necessary antidote to those anxiously waiting for season 3.
Plot details remain under wraps, however, the new season takes place almost one year after Stranger Things 2, during the summer of 1985. Based on previously leaked set photos, the new season looks to take place during the fourth of July.
Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Joe Keery, and Dacre Montgomery. New additions to the cast for season three include Maya Hawke, Cary Elwes, Jake Busey, and Francesca Reale.
Stranger Things 3 hits Netflix next Summer. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the third season of Stranger Things as we learn it.