Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things – (The Book Report)

Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things is a new book by author Guy Adams. The cool little book serves a companion guide to the hit nerd fest series from Netflix Stranger Things. And, come on we all have to admit we want to know more.

The book takes you through the journey of Stranger Things episode by episode, with each section explaining music, books, television shows and other basic 80s pop culture featured in the scenes. It explains some of the stand out characteristics from the show like the music. For instance, the origin of The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, which is played in the scene where Jonathan is trying to find Will, is explained. Did you know the song was actually a rerelease for a 1991 Levi’s commercial? If you are around my age you weren’t probably weren’t around in the 70s when it was first released. Just so you know it wasn’t a B-side of London Calling.

The book also offers a really great nod to icon horror film director John Carpenter. This brief but informative section is one of my favorite parts of Notes from the Upside Down. It’s discusses some Carpenter’s work including my personal favorite In the Mouth of Madness. There are also sections on Steven Spielberg, Steven King, and David Cronenberg.

Notes from the Upside Down also provides “homework” that tasks you the viewer to notice little things in each episode, and to watch the different films mentioned or that appear in the episode. There are also to-do if you are so inclined and sections for you to take notes. So, with this book on hand you can take down your giant board with the photos and red strings. I know you have one. 😉

HorrorFatale.com says Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things is a good read.

The second season of Stranger Things begins streaming on Netflix October 27, 2017. You can visit www.simonandschuster.com/books for more information about Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things and for even more information on author Guy Adams.