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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The world of Stranger Things expanded just a wee bit more last week when the first canonical novel, Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds hit bookstores. The story dove deeper into Terry Ives, Eleven’s biological mother, giving us an idea of how things went down from her perspective. I haven’t read it myself, but it does seem like an interesting concept, but something it is missing is real steadfast connections to the show.

With these kinds of books, it’s always nicer to go with a character we already know and love. In my mind, the obvious lead for a novel would be Jim Hopper, the detective who gets thrust into the world of weird at the beginning of Stranger Things Season 1. Just how did they overlook something so obvious? Well, it turns out they didn’t overlook it at all.

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Author Adam Christopher took to his personal blog to share the news of the second Stranger Things novel, which will focus on Hopper. This novel is called Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town. Here’s what he wrote on the novel:

“This was a dream project and the book was a joy to write – I’m a huge fan of the show, and Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper is my favourite character. Digging into his past in NYC was a real blast, and I hope readers have as much fun reading about his bizarre 1977 adventure as I did writing it.”

If you were hoping to see Hawkins in the novel, though, you may be out of luck, as it supposedly follows him as a homicide detective in New York City, prior to his return to Hawkins. But, this will definitely give the film a unique edge. Personally, I question whether or not they can incorporate the supernatural elements into the story in a believable way.

Also interesting…I can’t tell if that image at the bottom is Eleven. If it is, I guess I can see this as proof that her looking through some old case files of him can serve as a frame narrative of sorts? We’ll have to wait and see.

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SOURCE: Adam Christopher

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.