The sky is the limit for the gang from Hawkins, Indiana. The Netflix show Stranger Things is just about the biggest thing to come to the network since it’s inception, and the hype is only getting bigger. With the third season currently in production, there is no doubt that Netflix is using this downtime to expand its popularity as much as possible.
Well, besides the fact that the cast of kids, teens, and adults have all turned into superstars, Netflix may have found it’s first Stranger Things expansion material. Netflix will be partnering with Penguin Random House to create a series of novels which will be based on the series. The novels will be mostly spin-offs and origin stories, rather than retelling the TV series. The books will be written by the young adult author, Gwenda Bond.
In the series, Eleven reconnected with her mother, and we found out she has severe mental and physical disabilities. We also got a glimpse into the horrible circumstances involving the MKUltra Program that brought her mother, Terry, to the state in which Eleven met her, but the novel will explore her full history. This news was confirmed by Bond via Twitter, below:
It's about Eleven's mother Terry and her intersection with the MKUltra program and you're going to get to know and love her in a whole new way. I'm SO EXCITED.
— Gwenda Bond (@Gwenda) June 8, 2018
The official news release for the upcoming books are as follows:
The first two titles, set for a release this fall, will be a behind-the-scenes companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers.
Those two books will be followed next spring by a Stranger Things prequel novel, written by author Gwenda Bond, about Eleven’s mother and the MKUltra program. Additional titles for both adults and young readers will arrive later in 2019.
This fall’s companion book will be titled Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion. The as-yet-untitled gift book will offer “advice, wisdom, and warnings from the Stranger Things world.”
There is no word, as of right now, about what the third season of the TV series will be about, so the focus on Eleven’s mother and the MKUltra Program could very well be foreshadowing for the third season or beyond. Stranger Things has already been renewed through the fourth season, so these books could be the start of a full-on anthology series and behind-the-scenes appendices to be companions with the show for years to come.
As for the books themselves, they are sure to please eager Stranger Things fans. The author, Gwenda Bond, has some prior experience with creating prequel series to iconic characters. Her biggest work to date is the “Lois Lane Trilogy” that revolved around the younger years of Lane, pre-Superman. The novels are critically acclaimed, so that can only mean good things for the readers of the Stranger Things series.