The Duffer brothers did a lot of great things with the show Stranger Things, but one thing that never fails to amaze me is their ability to make real, imperfect characters that are still 100% lovable. You have Mike, who has an absolute heart of gold and offers to house and care for a stranded girl he’s just met. He’s also impulsive and has a hard time controling his temper. You’ve got Joyce, who is dedicated to her sons and only wants the best for them no matter the personal cost on herself. She’s also scattered and, for a time, refuses to consider other’s opinions.
This also works from a backwards approach, which you see with Hopper. Right away he’s portrayed as a washed out cop that sleeps around and only shows up at work for the paycheck. But instead of keeping him locked into that trope, his other qualities like his refusal to give up on Will, his strength and his independence are shown as the show progresses, giving way to a multi-dimensional character that isn’t perfect.
And finally, we have redemption arcs. The three most prominent being for Jonathan, Lucas and Steve. Jonathan taking pictures of Nancy without her consent was perverted and wrong. Lucas was judgmental and stubborn and insulted Eleven. Steve jumped to conclusions and called Nancy out as a slut without letting her explain herself and insulted Jonathan’s family. And each character has their moment of realizing their mistakes, admitting they were mistakes without trying to justify them, and apologizing to those they hurt with it. And these redemption arcs allow for the Duffers to show the true nature of the characters, which extends far past their bad choices.
We can love the characters not because they’re perfect but because they are relatable and real. They stick out of Tv tropes and they have flaws that so many others have as well. So once again, many thanks to the Duffer brothers, because what they did was pretty amazing.
day 43/100 of productivity. // I’ve had a really busy weekend, my cousin got married and at the end of the ceremony we lit paper lanterns (that you can see on the right picture). It was beautiful, almost like in a Disney film! I still didn’t get my copy of Moby Dick so I’m starting a classical french book The Stranger written by the one and only Albert Camus. ✿
inelegantprose: False, the best moment in Liability is the brief second in which you interpret Lorde singing “So I guess I’ll go home / Into the arms of the girl that I love” as gay.
i interpret “she’s so hard to please, but she’s a forest fire” as gay too! I actually interpret that whole song about her breaking up with her piece of shit predatory boyfriend and then meeting a ghost who ends up being her girlfriend (that’s how i interpret the line “but all that a stranger would see is one girl swaying alone stroking her cheek” anyway)
Everything we know about Stranger Things season 2 (so far)
Will is most likely suffering from PTSD—he’s seeing things from the upside down and can’t quite tell if they’re real or not.
Hopper is attempting to keep all the events of last season, like the disappearance of Barb, a secret in order to protect Joyce and the kids.
Siblings Nancy and Mike have changed and are mourning the (seeming) deaths of friends Barb and Eleven. “She and Mike are both the most screwed-up because they’re the ones who both lost someone,” says co-creator Ross Duffer. “They’re both grappling with that, and we see the effects.”
Max (New female character, 13 years old) becomes pals with the boys and attracts romantic interest from Lucas and Dustin.
Max’s brother Billy doesn’t exactly make friends and Matt Duffer had this to say about him: “Stephen King always has really great human villains. The evil in the real world is often as bad or worse than the supernatural evil, so we wanted to introduce a character like that.”
The rift to the upside down is still open
Dustin will get polliwog-like pet and Gaten Matarozzo says: “It’s a little creature I get to bond with. It’s obviously not from this planet or this dimension.”