Stranger Things proves we don't want totally original stories. We want familiar ones.

In a summer filled with overhyped sequels and new installments of elaborate film franchises, Netflix’s Stranger Things has proved a surprising hit.

That’s the thesis of Vulture’s Jen Chaney, at least, who compares the low levels of hype Stranger Things received before its July 15 release to that of the hype surrounding the new Ghostbusters movie, which came out the same day and has already seemingly faded from the public consciousness.

But hop down into the comments on Chaney’s post, and you’ll find a fairly common point of view expressed by a user named yellow_king. He writes:

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Keywords in this article

Keyword Sentiment Site Avg. Compared
Truly original stories + 0.78 0.78
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newly single man + 0.63 0.63
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stars Colin Farrell + 0.63 0.63
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deeper character exploration + 0.53 0.53
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art house theaters + 0.45 0.45
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fairly common point + 0.42 0.42
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Fight Club similarities + 0.35 0.35
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Mr. Robot + 0.33 -0.13
0.46
True Detective + 0.33 0.36
-0.03
elaborate film franchises + 0.30 0.30
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new installments + 0.30 0.30
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slightly different ways + 0.25 0.25
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Matt Zoller Seitz + 0.23 0.02
0.21
Stranger Things + 0.07 -0.02
0.09
director Yorgos Lanthimos + 0.00 0.00
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deeply familiar emotion + 0.00 0.00
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TV series form + 0.00 0.00
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strange alternate reality + 0.00 0.00
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original ideas + 0.00 -0.21
0.21
common refrain + 0.00 -0.17
0.17
Jen Chaney + 0.00 0.00
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domestic box office -0.25 -0.48
0.23
Chaney’s post -0.26 -0.26
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box office -0.35 -0.19
-0.16
new Ghostbusters movie -0.40 -0.24
-0.16
weird fiction -0.43 -0.23
-0.20
box office charts -0.45 -0.45
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way Stranger Things -0.60 -0.60
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pointlessly convoluted noir -0.69 -0.69
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murder mystery fodder -0.72 -0.72
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Author's Emotion Trend

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