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

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  98 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
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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
Mandie (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 buying
Wer schon mal eine Handvoll Artikel zur Serie gelesen hat, wird hier wenig Neues finden.
Trotzdem ist das Buch sein Geld wert - liebevoll gestaltet, künstlich gealtert mit Schutzumschlag über dem vorgeblich kaputten Schutzumschlag, einer Karte von Hawkins, einem herauslösbarem Kärtchen mit Morse- und Fähnchen Code.
Ich kann mir aber vorstellen, dass Leute, die jünger sind als ich, mehr Freude an diesem Buch haben werden - weil es für diese tatsächlich etwas Neues zu entdecken gibt.
Für mich sind di
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
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read
"Denn diese Welt braucht mehr Geschichtenerzähler. Sie braucht mehr Träumer. Und, ja, sie braucht mehr Nerds."

Couldn't agree more with the Duffer brothers.

Perfektes Buch für jeden Stranger Things Fan und definitiv jeden Cent wert. Wunderschöne Fotos, haufenweise Hintergrundinformation und Liebe zum Detail.
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-
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
Hope (HopelessBookAddict)
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. It was a great book for any lover of Stranger Things like me!
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Best Best Best Story everrrr! 😭😍
I have watched the TV Show for like 5 times.
I’m so into watching and reading about telekinetic abilities.
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.
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
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
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 Polk
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
Ich mag Bücher, die mir Einblicke in den Entstehungsprozess von Filmen oder Serien bieten, vor allem wenn die Aufmachung zum Werk passt. In diesem "Begleitbuch" kommen verschiedene Beteiligte zu Wort und die zahlreichen Verweise der Popkultur werden aufgegriffen. Und in der Gestaltung ist ähnlich wie in der Serie wirklich viel Liebe zum Detail erkennbar. Manche Passagen lassen erkennen, dass die Zielgruppe jünger ist als ich (auch wenn ich die 80er nicht komplett bewusst erlebt habe, kann ich Di ...more
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
Sarah Hackworth
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I definitely don't usually read things like this, but I have fallen absolutely in love with Stranger Things in the past couple of months and I just had to have more. While this wasn't life changing, it was enjoyable to have more insight into the process making the show into what it is.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars 😊

I really really liked this. It was beautifully put together and I don't think I've ever read a nonfiction book that fast. XD
Skylar Lane || Living as a Reader
I got this book for Christmas and absolutely loved it!
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved learning about the making of one of my favorite TV shows. Can't wait to see what they do next!
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal-library
This was a fun and cleverly crafted look at the series so far. I liked how pages were themed. Like the D&D character sheets talking about the younger cast and how they got their jobs and then yearbook style entries on the older kids.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was so wonderful. The author is obviously a fan. Now I want to rewatch.
Trina Marie
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredibly interesting from a character and story development perspective but I didn't need to dive quite so deep into some of the other elements like set design, which held some great bits of information but overall felt more like a chance to fill out a large number of pages with photos. The outer design is magnificent and it looks amazing on a book shelf as a fan it was well worth the read.
Bryan Borgman
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Stranger Things! This book is a must for any fan of the show and every child of the 80s!
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