Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion” as Want to Read:
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,785 ratings  ·  263 reviews
The official behind-the-scenes companion guide to the first two seasons of Stranger Things and beyond, featuring exclusive color photos and stunning concept art.

Note: This book has been designed to mimic a used book. The marks, scuffs, and tears on the cover and pages are an intentional design element.

Stranger things have happened. . . .

When the first season of Stranger Th
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Del Rey Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.51  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,785 ratings  ·  263 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-the-Scenes Companion
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book is fanfreakingtastic! Will add pictures, etc. later on

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

Well here's some pics!

The front cover vet is sooo cool as Stranger Things do. The cover looks old and even has a used book sticker! I love it!

They even have an upside down section!

The rest of the pictures are just some random coolness, a map and a drawing on the inside cover page. They have plastic around it a library book too.

Highly recommend peeps 😊🖤🐶🐺🐾
Ashley Daviau
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute must read for ANY and every Stranger Things fan out there. I’m obsessed with this show and getting an inside look at how it all came together was such a treat! And seeing all the work and sweat that went into it makes me love the show even more, it truly is a labour of love. I really enjoyed getting to know more about the actors and how the characters were shaped around what the actors brought to the table. I think that’s a big part of what makes this show so great, you can j ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i don't know how this is on goodreads but here we are.

season three was amazing. review to come


| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
Stephen Robert Collins
First of all if you have not watched season 1 on Netflix do not waste your. money on this book.
Second is the odd cover as it says "Don't Freak! this supported to look worn & torn" that is why it has special plastic cover. I sorry I think it's silly.
Thirdly part of the book pages 130-144 are upside down.
This really good TV companion to a dark Ghotic creep show. Lots of missing information facts on background like Nancy Wheeler, HNL, Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove & of all little missing extras that
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading for fans of the popular Netflix TV series who want to take a peak behind the curtains to see how the show is produced and learn about the actors who make the characters so enjoyable to watch on the small screen.

Focusing on the first two seasons with a sneak of what's to come in season 3, Worlds Turned Upside Down is a great source of information. It delves into the writing, production, and post production process to give the reader a well-rounded look inside the hive mind that
Lauren Stoolfire
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This behind the scenes look on the making of Stranger Things is a must read for any fan of the show. It primarily covers season one, but also covers a good deal of season two with a little taste of the third season as well. I just love how they put together the book as well. It's very creative and it totally fits the series.
Mindy (Naughty Book Snitch)

I love the show and I love this book. My friends got me this book for my birthday and it didnt disappoint. Its fantastic. I really love the old, tattered and worn look of the book and all the extras it has with it. Such as Will's drawing of the Shadow Monster as part of the inside cover.


There is also a map of Hawkins and a Morse code pocket guide and of course a plethora of behind the scenes and insight to the entire show and characters.


If you decide to buy this, I recommend buyi
Sophie Crane
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: film-tv
The first thing you notice about this book is that its creators have, like the TV show’s creators, done their best to evoke that 80s feel. It’s been made to appear like a secondhand book, complete with tastefully tatty cover and price sticker (from Melvald’s General Store, of course), nicely covered in a clear plastic protective sleeve. Inside, meanwhile, the photos have the slightly desaturated/high contrast look of a book printed thirty-plus years ago. And to cap things off, there’s a fold-out ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review at Tenacious Reader:

This is a book that just made me smile the minute I received it and any time I would pick it up after that. The entire book is so incredibly retro, straight down to the worn look, complete with plastic protector to prevent further damage. I mean, even the FAIR condition sticker from Melvad’s General Store on the front brings me joy. This is just one tiny example of the details they put in to this book that make it transport
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I spotted this hiding amongst the shelves whilst shopping, I pulled out the book and was greeted by a worn looking cover reminiscent of a book from the 80s. It was the perfect cover for this book!

I had a quick flick through whilst standing amongst the books and thought it was a must buy. I've always loved behind the scenes of any show or film and this was great!

Some of the information I had seen before and was a partial recap, but there was a lot of new parts that I hadn't. The book had a lot ab
Hope Elizabeth Anderson (HopelessBookAddict)
Loved this. It was a great book for any lover of Stranger Things like me!
Anthony Rapino
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The presentation of this book is fantastic. It was a pleasure to peruse, exploring the many glossy photos and inserts (not to mention surprises). While this book acts as a companion to the show, I did find much of the information within its pages a bit basic. A significant number of passages (scattered throughout the text) are dedicated to summarizing episodes or scenes, which anyone reading this book would have no doubt viewed at least once. Similarly, many of the footnotes are simplistic or po ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t often read behind the scenes books but this was SO FUN
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book deserves at least one star simply for its aesthetic: faux-distressed, stickered by "Melvald's General Store in Hawkins, IN, and full-page, full-color pictures. Beyond that, it fails to capture the substance of the show. It reads like a poorly written Entertainment Weekly article, or as a thin defense against allegations of plagiarism by the Duffer Brothers, but it's fun, especially the quotes from the show's five young stars. (And I love Winona Ryder too.) The Epilogue is a short sneak ...more
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was just amazing! Stranger Things is my favorite show of all time and I am always buying merch to support the fandom. I have just about every Funko POP. I have some board games and even some T-shirts. So, of course, when a book is released I HAVE to get it. This behind-the-scenes companion gave us so many details in what goes on during the filming of Stranger Things. We get to see how they made the van soar over the kids while on their bikes (which they used an actual van). They also go int ...more
Out of the Bex
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fans buy companion guides like this for the novelty and to flip through on occasion. Few read the work from cover to cover. However, I decided to give it a go. And I had a blast.

I could not start this review without noting the incredible design details that highlight this book. The cover art, the torn dust jacket, the plastic cover reminiscent of a well-used library book, the convincing distressed look, the fold out map in the back, the drawing on the inside of the jacket... I could go on. It's
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
As a fan of Stranger Things (I’m probably not a level-crazy fan, but I do own an Eleven Funko, several t-shirts that I wear in my weekly rotation, and I dressed my dog as a Demogorgon for Halloween), I think this book is a must-own.

I mean, just look at it.

It is one of those books I put in a category called, The Argument for Buying Real Books. Super amazing dustjacket designed to look like a vintage book you’d find secondhand, complete with a sticker from the general store in Hawkins. Full four-
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like Stranger Things and with the third season just about to be released, I thought it was time I picked up this behind the scenes look at the show.

The content of this book was fantastic. It was interesting to learn more about the creators of the show, the Duffer Brothers, and their inspirations for the series. There were also interviews with members of the crew, from costume designers to visual-effects specialists, which gave an fascinating insight into the production of the series, wh
May (Bethany)
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 4-stars
Definitely recommend if you are in love with the Stranger Things series and you want to learn! ❤️

You learn about how the series was originally made and produced.
So insightful to the Duffer brothers journey and their inspiration for making this series.
I loved reading about the casting process and how the Duffer brothers changed original planning of characters to fit around the actors who they had fallen for during the audition process!

I feel like based on a lot of decisions that were changed f
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m not just a Stranger Things fan; the show is my life. From the synth scores to the retro vibe to the amazing actors, these entire two seasons are a fucking masterpiece. This book deserves 1176392374 stars for the layout and design, let alone the way it’s written. If it wasn’t such a big, chunky hardback, I would’ve slept with this under my pillow every night.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-read
Love love loved this! Can I just rewatch Stranger Things NOW!
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I own hundreds and hundreds of books but this is by far the coolest book own. The whole book was an art piece by itself. From it’s torn vintage cover to its hyper-realistic photos to its faded yellow pages, everything about this book was well thought out. Every chapter had its own unique style and font, it was pure pleasure looking through this book...

This was also a very easy and fun read...Article sections very short but very informative. And the behind-the-scenes photos from the show’s s
Chris DiLeo
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you love STRANGER THINGS, as I do, then this review is unnecessary. Get the book. I've watched both seasons numerous times, and each time I am struck by how wonderfully the show works. (Point of confession: I read the entire book yesterday while rewatching the show yet again.) This book goes through both seasons, offering insights about the Duffer brothers, scripts, the actors, and the special effects. To quote the Duffer brothers: "This book is for [. . .] anyone who dreams for a living or d ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think Stranger Things 3 premieres in July... so is it July yet?

I could've read a ST behind-the-scenes book that was 3X this size and walked away wanting more. As I was only 2-3 years older in real-life than Will, Mike, Dustin, Lucas & El at the time Season 1 took place in the fall of 1984, I was reading anything by Stephen King AND I was basically the same kind of Dungeons & Dragons-playing dork as the ST kids (mixed in with Season 2's Billy Hargrove's love of Heavy Metal), it's like the Duffe
John Stanifer
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obviously, this book is primarily for fans of the show, but what a book it is in that respect. Like the Blu-ray release(s) of the first two seasons, the book revels in the nostalgia for a bygone era that the show embodies.

It's purposefully made to look like a beat-up secondhand book . . . and it's beautiful, down to the "Melvald's General Store" sticker on the front (the store where Joyce works in the show). Be sure to check underneath the rear half of the dust jacket for a note-perfect replica
Alexis P
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you know me, you will know that Stranger Things is one of my favorite TV shows of all time, with that said, this book was phenomenal!! If you are a Stranger Things fan like my self and love the fandom so much, as I do to the point of reading a book on all the details and interesting 80's/90's fandoms that it is based on, then this book is for you!! It goes into so much depth of introducing you to all the characters in season 1 and 2 and where they got their inspiration for them and the making ...more
Ville Verkkapuro
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully designed book that is perfect companion for anyone finding pleasure in the series Stranger Things.
And how you can you not find not pleasure in it? The series is a haven of all things eighties. It is a combination of Gremlins, Stand by Me, E.T., WarGames, Altered States... just to name a few. This book makes me feel like I'm eight years old and I fucking love it.
I love the particular genre of movies and series from the eighties that Stranger Things draws inspiration from, s
Sara King
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
While not as in depth with season two as it is with season one, Worlds Turned Upside Down is still a fun, quick read. The book discusses both seasons, and gives us a preview of season three. It also goes in depth about the backstory of how ST came to me, who and what influenced the Duffer Bros., and interesting little tidbits like what personality traits they changed in some of the characters to better fit the actors portraying them. Plenty of behind the scenes info here with a pretty cool cover ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I became a Stranger Things fan earlier this year, after my husband and two oldest daughters asked me yet again if I wanted to watch the show with them. They re-watched seasons 1 and 2, and I watched for the first time, in preparation for season 3. It’s a fun show. I put this book on hold for my daughter who is a huge fan, and ended up thumbing through it over the weekend. It’s an okay book, and cool looking, but maybe I would have enjoyed it more had it not read like an episode guide. I give an ...more
Sep 18, 2020 added it
Recommended to Brian by: Emuchmore
(4.0) Well designed experience, fun and fairly comprehensive cataloguing of cultural influences

Particularly liked all the footnotes pointing out the film/book/music references that the show makes. We were playing the same game at home as well, though Star Wars didn’t come up as much as we would have thought, though I think there’s at least one reference about Han and Leia.

The Morse code message was fun as well, though this book came out before season 3, right? It must’ve been very confusing, but
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Suspicious Minds (Stranger Things #1)
  • Darkness on the Edge of Town (Stranger Things, #2)
  • Stranger Things: The Other Side
  • Runaway Max (Stranger Things, #3)
  • The Walking Dead Chronicles
  • Stranger Things: Zombie Boys
  • Stranger Things: Six
  • How to Survive in a Stranger Things World
  • Stranger Things - The Companion
  • Will Byers' Secret Files (Stranger Things)
  • Notes from the Upside Down: An Unofficial Guide to Stranger Things
  • Hawkins Middle School Yearbook/Hawkins High School Yearbook (Stranger Things)
  • You'll Float Too: The World of IT
  • The Stranger Things Field Guide: Everything you need to know about the weird, wonderful and terrifying world of Hawkins and the Upside Down
  • Stranger Things #3
  • Stranger Things #2
  • Visions from the Upside Down: Stranger Things Artbook
  • Stranger Things and the '80s: The Complete Retro Guide
See similar books…
Gina McIntyre is the New York Times best-selling author of Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down. Her other books include Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water: Creating a Fairy Tale for Troubled Times, The Art of Ready Player One, and Star Wars Icons: Han Solo. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, and Entertainment Weekly.

She lives with her husband an

News & Interviews

There's something great about a paperback book: They're perfect book club choices, you can throw them in your bag and go, and they've been out in...
35 likes · 12 comments