'I am Barb': People are sharing their high school photos in solidarity with Stranger Things' most tragic character

By Alice Vincent

The western world's obsession with Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things shows no sign of waning.

Viewers of this summer sleeper hit have become fascinated with its nerdy Eighties references, trappings of small-town America and the frustrated families who live there and even its title font.

However, there's one aspect which has kept people especially captivated: the show's characters.

Sure, viewers are understandably won over by the brilliant and adorable tween actors, Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair) and Noah Schapp (Will Byers), and Winona Ryder, who plays harried single mother Joyce Byers, has experienced a career revival as a result of her mesmerising performance.

But there's one character who has won a disproportionate number of hearts to the minutes she spent on screen: Barb.

Barbara Holland, to give Shannon Purser's character her full name, is the normal-sized, flame-haired, bespectacled friend of doe-eyed good girl Nancy Wheeler.

Barb's untimely disappearance from the show has been one of the few criticisms viewers - and even fans - have levelled at Stranger Things' creators, the Duffer Brothers.

She's been upheld as a style icon. Artistic fans have dedicated fan art to the awkward teenager, including a mural in Los Angeles. The hashtag #WeAreAllBarb has allowed people a much-needed vent to tackle the more miserable parts of their adolescence.

And now, as if to prove that there really is a bit of Barb in all of us, people have started sharing their high school photos - especially those who happen to look a lot like Barb:









And because, well, Dustin remains one of the greatest child characters ever created on television, a couple of people wanted to share that they looked like him, too:



- Daily Telegraph UK

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