The Intriguing Reason Why The Duffer Brothers Call Episodes Of 'Stranger Things' Chapters
BUT WHY?! Why are Stranger Things episodes called chapters?
Stranger Things Season 2 is set to be released on Netflix on October 27th and as many fans prepare for the new season, old questions arise, like why are Stranger Things episodes called chapters?
Let me tell you... This was not an easy piece of fan trivia to find...
However , thanks to Strangerthings.wikia.com and after digging around The Duffer Brothers page, in the expert below, is an explanation as to why the brothers decided to use chapter titles for Stranger Things:
"They wrote the show's pilot script (then titled Montauk), and created a 20 page pitch book with the intention of resembling a Stephen King book. They also created a mock trailer composed of 20-30 films that had inspired the series. They were rejected by 15-20 networks, a major concern being that four of the major characters were kids, but the show itself wasn't necessarily for children. Execs wanted the show to either be made for children, or to have the story centered on Hopper investigating the paranormal occurrences in the town. The Duffers refused to comply with these demands, as they felt everything interesting about the story would be lost. In late 2014, Dan Cohen, the Vice President of 21 Laps Entertainment, brought the script to director-producer Shawn Levy. Levy immediately saw the script's potential and knew he had to do whatever it took to bring the Duffers' vision to life. They then pitched the series to Netflix, and within 24 hours they had bought the entire season."
The chapter titles for Season 2 of Stranger Things, was originallly announced in a trailer released by Netflix on various social media accounts on August 31, 2016 and the chapter titles were listed:
"Netflix was initially going to use a trailer with content from the first season and had the idea to announce the season using the title sequence, but the idea to include the chapter titles came from the Duffer Brothers. Matt Duffer said they had titles they didn't want to add to the trailer because they were too revealing, and some of the announced titles are still subject to change."
However, the Duffer Brothers decided to change some of the chapter title for mystery and because they felt the new titles didn't carry the same flair as Season 1.
The Duffer Brothers are quoted as saying:
"When we tried to unpack the new chapter titles, the more broad ones like “The Storm” or “The Brain” seemed to be both frustratingly vague because nothing is known about the season, but also because they seemed to lack the literary flair of the titles of the first season. Even Season 2 chapters like “The Pumpkin Patch” or “The Pollywog” have a bit more of an energy to them than just “The Brain” despite their possible links to characters or new plot details."
Are you looking forward to the new Season of Stranger Things? What are your thoughts on how The Duffer Brothers use "Chapter" titles? Let us know in the comments below, we're always looking for new fan insights!
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