Netflix’s Stranger Things may have its heart in the ’80s, but that’s not the only thing that has influenced the show’s creators Matt and Ross Duffer. Everything from anime to fiction to video games have been cited by the creators as major jumping-off-points for everything from the show’s look to the way its characters are treated. Here are 10 more Stranger Things inspirations that you may have missed in your first run-through of the series.
1. Stephen King’s writing
The Duffer Brothers have continually pointed to the writing of Stephen King as probably the biggest core influence in the series and we could easily write another list just on the specific King novels that run through Stranger Things’ veins. From Stand by Me to Carrie to It — the latter’s upcoming adaptation, which stars Stranger Things’ Finn Woldhard — it’s clear that the work of King runs deep. Even the title style of the show was created by demoing multiple covers of classic King novels.
“It is obviously a huge inspiration for the show. That’s probably the biggest [influence],” Ross told The Hollywood Reporter. “We just devoured [it]. I remember reading The Running Man in like one night. We just devoured his stuff when we were little.” And the respect is clearly mutual as King recently tweeted:
STRANGER THINGS is pure fun. A+. Don’t miss it. Winona Ryder shines.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 18, 2016