Feature: Stranger Things Psychology: Life Upside Down by Travis Langley
There have been a handful of fiction books that bridge Stranger Things TV show to a more in-depth character study, mostly prequels, giving insight into the characters they are on the show. There are show companion guides (those are just great pieces of art for any fan) and now we get a more analytical analysis of the show and the psychology behind some of the world. Life Upside Down is edited by one of the foremost teachers of pop culture psychology (he’s written similar books about Star Wars, Batman, and Supernatural!) and many more contributors tackling topics like:
- “Shame, Survival, and Trauma Processing”
- “An Examination of Black Representation in Hawkins”
- “How Dungeons and Dragons teaches us to Face Our Fears”
Seems like book club material to me! Bonus: All proceeds go to help rescue and assist missing and exploited children.
Many thanks to Wiley/Turner Publishing for the advance copy!
Stranger Things Psychology: Life Upside Down (Popular Culture Psychology)by Travis Langley
Published by: Wiley
on February 21, 2023
How do we navigate friendships to unite against bullying and its many forms?
What happens to missing persons’ families or those once lost upon their return?
Can games and fantasy help us connect with others and make sense of real life?
Monsters of the Upside Down, beware! Travis Langley (author of the acclaimed Batman and Psychology) returns with a group of expert contributors to explore these and other questions to shine a light on true human nature through the Netflix series and cultural phenomenon, Stranger Things.
When do feelings of grief, guilt, depression, fear, and isolation tear us down, and how do we transform them into hope, inspiration, forgiveness, acceptance, and motivation to do what’s right? Growing up is hard enough without metaphors for the dangers that lurk in life’s shadows springing to life in the form of monsters, villains, conspiracies, and enemy soldiers.
Stranger Things Psychology: Life Upside Down descends into the dark sides of adolescence to find the light on the other side of the ultimate coming-of-age story.
The proceeds go to help rescue and assist missing and exploited children.