This week-end was Nancy Drew's birthday and I thought it would be fitting to dedicate a blog to her since so many of my fellow writers (and readers) grew up reading about this very talented sleuth.
The character of Nancy Drew has appeared in a number of series over the years. The first and longest-running of these is the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series, begun in 1930 and ended in 2003. The first spin-off series, the Nancy Drew Files, was begun in 1986. Since then, Nancy Drew has appeared in a number of other series and books, including a number of spin-offs where she investigates with The Hardy Boys.
Why do we love Nancy Drew so much? She was bright, fearless, always ready to take on a dare or a challenge. Some might call her "feisty." She didn't suffer fools gladly and never was afraid to speak her mind. And her crime-solving skills were phenomenal.
There was always a sense of drama, danger and adventure to the books. I loved seeing a strong female character not afraid to use her brains, to take risks, to stand up for what she believed in.
Carolyn Keene is the pseudonym of the authors of the Nancy Drew mystery stories and The Dana Girls mystery stories, both produced by the Stratemeyer Syndicate. In addition, the Keene pen name is credited with the Nancy Drew spin-off, River Heights and the Nancy Drew Notebooks.
Each of us probably can remember a lazy summer afternoon, curled up on a lounge chair (or in a tree house!) absorbed in a Nancy Drew book. We loved them, we exchanged them with friends and we tried to match wits with the intrepid girl detective. I was fooled all the time! The plots were so wonderful that the books kept me guessing, right up until the end. So many of my fellow mystery writers grew up reading Nancy Drew, maybe imagining they would write their own mysteries one day. How about you? Do you have a favorite Nancy Drew book that you loved? Did you long to write a mystery?
Please join me in wishing happy birthday to the ageless Nancy Drew!
Happy reading, everyone, Mary Kennedy