Stranger Things’ Eleven inhabits a very familiar female character archetype: The fragile, mysterious, deadly girl who’s dependent on the people around her for survival.
In Stranger Things, the hysterical, crazed, desperate mother turns out to be the most leveleheaded of the adults around her, in a brilliant subversion of pop cultural and social tropes.
I loathe Neil Gaiman with a flaming and stark passion, but I must give him due credit: The title of this piece is taken from his short story, ‘The Problem of Susan,’ which challenges the treatment of Susan Pevensie in the Narnia books. The essay sparked conversation across the internet, from those defending it as […]
‘I’m a stupid little girl with stupid dreams who never learns,’ Sansa Stark says in anguish at one point, describing everything that has happened to her and what she found when she reached King’s Landing. Not, it turned out, a fantasy city filled with texture, light, and colour, fantastic food and fascinating things, but instead […]