Stranger Things Book Tag

Sunday, 14 July 2019

I know that I am far from the only person riding the Stranger Things hype train right now (toot toot). Bursting onto the scene in 2017, that innocuous little Netflix series with a penchant for eighties kitsch has become a worldwide, all-consuming pop culture phenomenon.
It seems to be all that the newspapers, magazines, the internet and the blogosphere can talk about; and it is a trend that is probably going to be continuing, even throughout the next few days and months as word of mouth spreads and everyone gets around to watching it.
It is absolutely everywhere; unavoidable, unmissable, inescapable. People put aside days to binge-watch it; the clock strikes twelve and they just can not help but to jump the gun and drive right back in to the world of Hawkins, Indiana. It dominates conversations, it spawns debate, it engages a form of nostalgia that just makes you want to watch Stand by Me and The Goonies for the sixtieth time.
There are dedicated Facebook groups, fancy dress costumes, Funko! pops and now - now! - I have even stumbled upon a book tag. And though, I tried my hardest to resist, I just could not help myself when it came to turning something so big into a thing I could use to discuss books.
After-all, what is better way to celebrate your love for something than to turn it into a book tag?

1/ EPIC INTRO. The opening sequence of Stranger Things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. It is my most recent read and one that I already know will make it to my favourite books of the year list. Engaging, visceral, horrifying; it was something that I needed to tear my eyes away from (for the sake of my own sanity, at least) and just could not.

2/ DUNGEONS & DRAGONS. Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.
If I am being honest, I do not think I would survive in most fantasy worlds. I mean, I am not skilled with a sword or even a moderately-fast runner, so those trope-worthy activities would surely lead to me being beheaded or killed in some equally monstrous fashion. In fact, the only world I would be able to last a couple of months in, would be Westeros from A Song of Ice and Fire... and that is only because I would find a hut off of the beaten track (and hole up there.

3/ SQUAD GOALS. When Eleven met Mike, Dustin and Lucas it was a *mostly* perfect team. Name your favourite bookish group of friends.
Although they are real people, I would probably have to go with Crystal Rasmussen's multitude of fabulous, intelligent, wonderful friends in Diary of a Drag Queen. I know I have said this before, but I just want to be friends with her.

4/ ABC’s & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS. Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favourite mentally unhinged character.
Not going to lie, I am not loving the phrasing of this question but, within the time and context of the show's setting, I am going to let it off without thinking about it too much...
Who am I kidding? I am going to be thinking about it for weeks.
To avoid considering it for too long, I am probably just going to pick Amy from Gone Girl. She is a classic, but there is good reason for that.

5/ THE UPSIDE DOWN. Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.
On a more negative tilt, Frankissstein by Jeannette Winterson. I thought I was going to love it, but my expectations were upended in a really big way.

6/ MAD SCIENTISTS. Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.
Farenheit-451 because of their propensity for book-burning. I mean, seriously? How would I survive? With this book blog, they would come and arrest me for sure - I would be blindfolded and taken in the middle of the night, never to be seen again. And, if I am being honest, I already can sense that I would not make it as a political prisoner.

7/ DEMOGORGON. Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.
The things that are banging about in The Haunting of Hill House. I do not know if they are a figment of the protagonist's imagination, or actual ghostly spectres, but bumps in the night have never failed to raise prickles to the back of my neck.

8/ CLIFFHANGER ENDING. Name a book that left you wanting more.
Ghost Wall. It was around 200/250 pages but I honestly could have read eight-times that.

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