Stranger Things has introduced us to a wonderful set of young actors, many of whom are wise beyond their years. This is none too clear as Noah Schnapp educates a set of ignorant critics about the unimportance of Will Byers' sexuality.
Put a piece of artwork in front of a group of people and none of them will have the same interpretation. Art is subjective by definition, and that is what makes it so important and wonderful. This is what Noah Schnapp of Stranger Things has had to remind many people who are trying to decide whether or not his character, Will Byers, is gay. He posted a screenshot of the culprits onto his Instagram page and his concise and beautiful caption reads: "For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I'm only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that's why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out!" What the audience should be considering instead, is if Will is going to become evil in Stranger Things Season 2.
So I thought it would be time to jump into the conversation. I've been reading stuff for a while. I think everyone here is missing the point. An author called Gary Schmidt came to speak at our school this week and he said that good stories aren't supposed to leave you with answers because then you never question yourself and you forget about it. A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think. Which is what you are all doing. For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point. Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way or are different. Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay? I'm only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that's why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did. So you can ask all these questions. I hope the real answer never comes out! #dufferbrothers ❤️❤️
The Duffer brothers brought something incredibly special to the screen when they wrote Stranger Things and thankfully they haven't answered every question, which leaves us to make the characters our own. There's nothing worse than reading a wonderful book or watching a film, only to have the author tell you what their characters are or aren't after the material has already been published. Then, they reclaim the characters which they gave to their audience.
Do you remember when Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling told the world, years after she had finished the series that Dumbledore is gay? We all had a feeling that this was the case, but not knowing spawned a whole host of fan fiction, theories, and having the creator then edit the character whose story she'd already completed, took him away from us. The Duffer brothers are therefore doing right by their audience by leaving some aspects of their characters up to interpretation. Rowling rant over. If you want to know more about Stranger Things Season 2, go ahead and meet the new cast members! Is Noah Schnapp your new hero?