New sci-fi series Paper Girl praised for gay storyline: ‘Everything we want Stranger Things to be’

Paper Girls, the new Amazon Prime supernatural sci-fi series, is being praised for its queer representation by fans.

Paper Girls. (Amazon Prime/Prime Video)



The series, based on the comics of the same name, follows four girls after they are snatched from the ’80s and dropped into 2019 where they navigate the supernatural, puberty and encounters with their chaotic older selves.

One of the four, KJ, also comes to realise she is a lesbian, grappling with self-acceptance, burgeoning feelings and what it means to love women.

Fans have been impressed by the diversity of the show – as well as KJ, who is Jewish, there is a leading East Asian character (Erin), a Black character (Tiffany) and a working class character (Mac).

Of course, fans can’t help but draw parallels to Netflix’ hit show Stranger Things – another sci-fi series set in the 80s that has tiptoed around their LGBTQ+ characters.

As one fan wrote: “Paper Girls is nothing like Stranger Things, in Paper Girls the gay people can actually kiss.”

Brian Vaughan, who created the Paper Girls comics, has said the Stranger Things comparisons are only skin-deep.

Vaughan told The Independent: “I knew that it had some surface similarities. But within the first three minutes, you realise these are completely different shows. I hope the world is big enough for both of us.”

Mostly, fans are showing a lot of love for KJ and how needed proper queer representation is.

“It’s so refreshing seeing pre adolescents being gay,” one person wrote, “it’s a fact that people often ignore that kids are gay too and maybe seeing it being so well portrayed in media will help the new generation of queer people to grow up less scared of being themselves.”

Another said the series is the new go-to “if you want an 80s sci-fi show where queer characters’ plots don’t glorify trauma but instead celebrate queer joy”.



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