The New Netflix Series "Stranger Things" Needs To Be In Your Life

The New Netflix Series "Stranger Things" Needs To Be In Your Life

The chills sent through your body will make you watch every single episode and fill your mind with all sorts of questions.

If you're anything like me, binge-watching Netflix shows is basically your second job. You're always discovering new shows and watching all of the seasons in record time.

Then, there's a period of time when you're specifically obsessed with one show and everything seems to relate to it, until you move onto a new one. We've been through them all: "Grey's Anatomy," "The Walking Dead," "Orange Is the New Black," "The Office," "Friends," "Game of Thrones" and many more.

I think you feel the same way as I do: It's time for something new; it's time for a new show that completely takes a turn into directions you could never imagine. "Stranger Things" is a thrilling Netflix-original drama that introduces young, new actors and actresses. It doesn't involve the usual television world of relationship issues, medical emergencies, zombie apocalypses or strictly humor-filled characters. It involves things that will be a challenge for your mind to comprehend.

Season one revolves solely around the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy. This disappearance leads into a heart-racing investigation that only continues down more and more paths of ultimate danger and surprises.

Who can be trusted? It's almost impossible to tell. The local authorities help push the investigation, but will it fall into the wrong hands? The young boy, Will, is not the only problem on these characters' hands. Secret government experiments and supernatural forces also play a major role, which only leads to more and more questions and cliff-hangers.

Not only are the plots interesting and impossible to look away from, but the settings are as well. This show takes place in the 1980s. The little amount of technology makes the show nostalgic for some and intriguing for others. Instead of a simple text message like nowadays, land-line phones and massive walkie talkies are used.

The determination of a mother. The missing presence of a child. The runaway girl. The mysterious lab run by the government. The terrifying woods. The "superpowers." The intelligent children. The hidden romance. The few believers. The unanswered questions.

SMALL SPOILER ALERT (this will not give too much away, but it will definitely have you wanting to watch the show in seconds): "Stranger Things" does not only take place in the world that we know of. It has its own two dimensional reality that completely mimics the first dimension.

For example, look around your town, your street and your house. Inside your house, the furniture is set up in a certain way and things are where you left them. Now imagine another world that looks exactly the same. That's the other dimension, except it does not have the life in it that we are used to. But the real concerns are how do you get there and more importantly, how do you leave?

If you're tired of predictable television shows, then "Stranger Things" is definitely one to keep in mind. I'm surprised by how much it caught my attention with only one season currently on Netflix. These eight episodes had me on the edge of my seat waiting for more. I was waiting to see what would be said next, revealed next, found next, hidden next and what would overall be next to send chills spilling down my spine.

If you've heard anything about this series, you may have heard the words "aliens", "creatures" or "monsters." Which all may be correct, or maybe none are even close to correct. You'll have to figure that out on your own.

These "supernatural forces" that I've been discussing, how do they play a part? This isn't another television show where aliens attempt to take over the world, it's a show that involves supernatural forces in a way that makes more sense than a random invasion. It will have you questioning your own reality. Frankly, I've already said too much.

If you're intrigued by reading this and need a new Netflix series to watch in your well-deserved free time, "Stranger Things" should without a doubt be on your "watch" list really soon. Don't let the title fool you. "Stranger Things" could mean absolutely anything, but you're going to have to find out what it truly means.

Also, don't think season one is all there is. There's word going around about a season two being made soon! Get watching!

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.


You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.


Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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