Why I Want to Live in the Land Of Stranger Things

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Why I Want to Live in the Land Of Stranger Things

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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hen I was younger, I wished that I could get into a “Famous Five” book for a couple of weeks and be that Indian friend the gang always wished they had. To maintain the alliteration, the series would have to be renamed “Sexy Six”, but that’s not the point of the anecdote. The point is that no matter how polite everyone seemed, the Enid Blyton universe had its fair share of problems. Mainly the fact that they were from a time when it was considered perfectly normal to be a racist prick. I would have probably been at the receiving end of a hate crime in a corner of Kirrin Island while the gang was out solving its mysteries.

So I no longer want to be in the “Famous Five” universe. Where I do want to go is the Stranger Things land – Upside Down, Mindflayer/Demogorgon, and all. This universe is different from our world in many ways, one of them being the existence of monsters, but mainly because everyone is so kind to each other.

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The Stranger Things dimension is so sweet its diabetic. There are literally no evil characters in there. Every resident of the Stranger Things Universe goes the extra mile to prove that they can be the best versions of themselves. Three of the main protagonists – Mike, Dustin, and Lucas  – are the kind of people who will constantly duel horrific shadow demons, homework, and puberty, for their friend Will. The town cop turns into a father figure for the alien kid Eleven; everyone is friends with everybody else, and even the bad scientists who created the Upside Down are ready to lay down their lives for their peers. The Stranger Things universe is probably what you get when two baby unicorns collide in a vacuum.

Every resident of the Stranger Things Universe goes the extra mile to prove that they can be the best versions of themselves.

Meanwhile, the character with the most intriguing arc who gets brownie points for all-round goodness this season, is Steve Harrington. Harrington, who was the lead last season for the Asshole of the Series, managed to reinvent himself as the lovable protector of our three tiny heroes and the guy who gave up his girl with a smile. The rise of Steve Harrington as the internet darling extraordinaire is not a freak internet thing.  Excuse me for borrowing wisdom from an Akshay Kumar movie for a quick second, but “everything is planned”.

Steve was never meant to be a jock who got the girl in the end. He was fated to be the guy who hung out with a bunch of kids solving an unbelievable adventure while his former love interest went on a side adventure with the new boy. It’s a sad situation, which let’s be honest, we’ve all been in. But does Steve mope around like a kid who dropped his ice-cream in a gutter? No. He takes the high road, and metamorphs into a human version of a butterfly. He is now the kind of guy who could walk into a movie theatre and convince a random person to get into an intense conversation about the mating rituals of ape men and no one would think poorly of him. You want to be like someone? Be like Steve Harrington.

It’s easy to day-dream your way into the the Stranger Things dimension when in reality we have to deal with a bunch of scary things like terrorism and phones running out of battery. In that Universe things are different. People actually like each other there.

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