Do you believe it. This year, Nancy Drew turns 84. Since the publication of “The Secret of the Old Clock” in 1930, more than 200 million Nancy Drew mysteries have been sold and I got to tell you I bought my share. I think there are now 64 books in the series.
The books were 2.99 in my day and any money for birthdays went to buy Nancy. I was babysitting in the sixth grade and six hours of babysitting at fifty-cents an hour meant a new Nancy Drew book! Nancy is the first book I bought with my very own money. Was it yours?
Nancy has gone from a 16-year-old girl with a roadster to an 18-year-old with a Mustang. But no matter how often the details changed, Nancy remained more or less the same. She was a model citizen with a perfect balance of toughness and femininity, and she was independence and poised.
When I read Nancy…discovered Nancy…devoured Nancy it was not exactly Mad Men era but close. Men were in charge. It was a man/boy’s world. There were no girl sports teams at school, no girl altar boy/girls. The only thing women did other than stay home and raise the kids...not that there is one thing wrong with that...is be a secretary, teacher or a nurse. Period.
With Nancy Drew she was in charge. She solved the crimes, took over, drove the car and made her own decisions. She was confident and adventuresome and not afraid and no one put Nancy in the corner...so to speak. She was her own person.
Nancy was/is my hero! I still keep the first three books I bought of Nancy on my desk today.
Nancy Drew was smart and caring. I really loved that she was smarter than the guys. I wanted to be Nancy! Reading Nancy Drew was great for mystery and the ego. Personally it planted a seed that took root in enjoying mysteries and life.
I owe a lot to Nancy Drew. I think a great deal of who I am today is because I read Nancy Drew books. If she could live like that I truly believed I could too.
So, are you a Nancy girl? Did she inspire you? Is there another read that made you the person you are today?
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Happy reading and thanks for chatting.