I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things by Guy Adams
Published by Touchstone on August 29th 2017
Genres: Horror, Sci Fi
Grab your Eggo waffles and get ready for a visit to Hawkins, Indiana—just don’t forget the fairy lights!
If you devoured Stranger Things on Netflix and you’re looking to fill the demogorgon-sized hole in your life, then look no further than Notes from the Upside Down. This fan-tastic guide has every fact you could ever wish for—from insights into the origins of the show, including the mysterious Montauk Project conspiracy theory; a useful eighties playlist (because, of course); and much more.
If you’ve ever wondered why Spielberg is such a huge influence, which Stephen King books you need to read (hint: pretty much all of them), or how State Trooper David O’Bannon earned his name, then this book is for you.
Entertaining, informative, and perfect for fans of eighties pop culture, Notes from the Upside Down is the Big Mac of unofficial guides to Stranger Things—super-sized and special sauce included.
More Stranger Things before the show comes out with Season two?! Yes, please!
The synopsis explains this book as the ability to fill the demagogue whole in your heart that Stranger Things left when season one ended. I think this is a pretty adequate way of describing this book.
First off, I love Stranger Things for many reasons. I’m a Halloween fanatic, I think that happened to most of us that grew up in the 80’s. I love all things 80’s, so watching Stranger Things was like taking me back to a movie like Evil Dead, but Stranger Things was also able to make its very own mark. Not an easy thing to do when you’re up against so many power shows and movies that the 80’s gave us. This book explains, in lots of fabulous detail and witty, hilarious, and sometimes facetious side remarks, how they were able to create this show. With all the fantastic nostalgia and bloody goodness, that took us back to the 80’s and gave us a story that was similar but different enough to be exciting.
This book is all about how the writers brought this to us. The entirety of the book explains the detail behind how the show was created, what influenced the writers, the music, the movies, the books, etc. But it also goes through episode by episode and delves into the plot of the show.
Side note: I am a little sad to agree about Nancy but I liked the debate and insight into that character and what she did for the show.
To be completely honest, I am not sure which part I liked best. I wanted to devour the book, but I also wanted to read while watching the show, and knowing Notes was publishing soon, I had to read a bit faster than I would have liked, especially since it is chock full of information. Don’t get me wrong, this in no way reads like a manual. It dissects the show, line by line, and gives readers a taste of why the writers are writing the way they are.
Not that fans need more reasons to love this show, but I did not realize how many 80’s references were in this! At the end of the book is a small list of some of the references they used. This was the only disappointing part! I wanted the entire list but I think Guy Adams cut it dramatically. There is a ton of homework throughout, shows and movies to watch, music to listen to, it’s extensive! So, I am just going to go back through the book and write down the list and enjoy this homework!
Guy Adams also has a lot of extras added in, his own thoughts straight to the reader, which I loved. I’m a sarcastic person so every time he mentioned something that was a bit tongue in cheek, I just had to laugh. There are also quizzes throughout. I have to admit, with having only watched this once, I didn’t even try the quizzes. They’re tough! But, still the book is exquisitely fun to read and made me want to re-watch season one. Not that I needed an excuse. And afterwards, I’m attacking those quizzes!
In short: This is going to be fabulous for fans of 80’s and newbies to it, alike. I cannot wait to get this for all of my friends and family that loved Stranger Things as much as I did.
|Overall:||5 / 5|