We have to agree with Stephen King that the world-famous Netflix show owes a lot to Stephen King’s books. There are tributes to his novels like Dark Tower, IT, Cujo, Shining, etc., in almost every episode of the Winona Ryder starrer. The creator of the show, commonly known as The Duffer brothers, have also admitted that Stephen King is the sole inspiration behind the creation of Stranger Things and especially the novel IT, which was the muse for the central plot of the series.
But, what does Stephen King think of the series in general?
Matt and Ross Duffer wanted to write the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s epic 1986 novel “IT,” however, Warner Bros. was not at all interested in their ambition and rejected their offer. This started out as a motivation to write their own versions of “IT,” which finally paved its way to Netflix in 2015.
And you will find a lot of similarities between IT and Stranger Things. Even the gang of Will Buyers has some sources of inspiration in the “Losers Club”- a group of teenagers who are very hopeless in their own lives, but when they come together, they do something heroic. In Stranger Things, we see a similar group led by Fin Wolfhard’s Mike Wheeler and Mille Bobby Brown’s Eleven saving their beloved city of Hawkins from an evil force that is much bigger than themselves whilst struggling with their own lives.
The “Duffer Brothers” have agreed that the novel “IT” left such a cathartic impression on them that it will be difficult for any other story to overshadow it. They clarified in a statement that they didn’t mean to say that other Stephen King’s books weren’t good enough, “they were,” but because they could relate with the protagonists of” IT” in 1986, it became, and it still is their favorite book of all time.
Matt and Ross hailed King as their “god” and said that “Stranger Things” is just a way of “serial communication” with him.
Now coming to the opinion of the master storyteller himself, King has tweeted several times about the series, and in one of the tweets, he admitted that though he likes the Netflix series a lot, Duffer Brothers’ work owes a lot of gratitude to the novel “IT.”
He acknowledged that The Party and the Losers Club have the same theme- a group of misfits saving a city despite their own shortcomings.
In another tweet, he gave an A+ to the series and said that it’s a fun watch, specifically mentioning the name of the star Winona Ryder calling her a “shining” thing on the show. Ryder leads the cast on the show and plays the role of an emotional yet caring mother, Joyce Byers.
The splendid supporting cast includes David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.
Season 1 focused heavily on the disappearance of Noah Schnapp’s Will Byers and the introduction of “The Upside Down” concept.
“The Upside Down” explored in the series is an alternate universe existing parallel to the one where the characters reside in. The man-eating creatures come from the alternate universe, and though they have not been given any scientific name in the series, Mike Wheeler and his gang call it “The Demogorgon.”
Season 3 of the series ended with the presumed death of David Harbour’s character Jim Hopper; however, he has been shown to be alive in a trailer that came out earlier this year.
And if you have seen the series, you can almost guess that he will be back again in Season 4. Remember that clue in the final scene, “American in prison?”
Scene 4 of the famed Netflix show will probably arrive some time in 2021.