When I was ten years old, Carolyn Keene came out with a series called The Nancy Drew Files. It was a Nancy Drew series for the 80s and Nancy was all stylish, like right out of Seventeen magazine. She solved the toughest mysteries and even had a hot boyfriend named Nick. Who wouldn't want to be in her shoes? While I'm not as much into mysteries as I was back then, I still have a fondness for Nancy Drew and feel all nostalgic whenever I see one of those 80s style books about her. I also just came across this hilarious fashion analysis for this series.
Our Chick Lit Cheerleader, Jen Tucker, also has a girlcrush on Nancy Drew. She's here today to talk about that delightful detective. (Maybe she and I will watch the Nancy Drew movie from 2007 the next time we hang out...)
What would Nancy Drew do?
|Channeling my inner child|
Around the age of ten, I discovered the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories penned by Carolyn Keene. The teen sleuth who solved mysteries before Unsolved Mysteries and Dateline NBC was a thing. I don’t know about you, but I can’t watch those shows. I cringe, believing those criminals are hiding in my barn waiting to get me. I’m not a paranoid person, so I’m not sure why the fear. Nancy Drew would tune in, wouldn’t she? No—she’d be the host and investigative reporter, I’m sure.
What endeared these books to me as a preteen was reading about a girl whose sense of adventure and righting wrongs drove her. She was an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances. She didn’t need ninja skills, super powers or weapons of mass destruction to avenge the innocent and catch bad guys. She used her noggin. Sometimes she was described as a “strawberry blonde” and at other times, a “titan blonde”. Regardless of the hue of her highlights, she was crafty.
I often think about Nancy at times I should feel brave. WWNDD? I’ve asked myself when there’s a foreign noise coming from downstairs and I’m the only parent present, at 2:00AM, while my husband travels for work. She would put on her big girl bloomers and investigate. If Nancy lived at my house, with flashlight in hand and fearlessness abounding, would tiptoe downstairs, listen closely for a few moments as her heart raced, then realize it was just her golden retrievers snoring. Me, on the other hand, would quietly tiptoe from my bed to the bedroom door then quickly lock it. “I’m the bravest girl of the bunch,” said no Jen Tucker ever.
My Nancy Drew novels rest on a bookshelf in my office. I only own six, yet read the entire series back in the day via the library or borrowed copies from friends. My daughter, Gracie, has not yet read them. I’m thinking it might be time to dust them off and introduce her to Nancy and the gang while reintroducing myself to some of my favorite titles: The Mystery at Lilac Inn, The Clue of the Velvet Mask, and The Sky Phantom just to name a few. I’m curious about some of your favorite books when you were younger or the first series you remember diving into as a young reader. We’d love you to share those titles with us here at CLC. You might mention some that many of have forgotten we loved too. Remembering those loved books, buried deep in the grey matter, is a wonderful thing.
|Gracie (left) and her friend|
Jen Tucker is the author of the funny and true stories, The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out and The Day I Lost My Shaker of Salt. In September 2012, she had her children's book, Little Pumpkin published as an e-book. She also blogs monthly for Survival for Blondes. She currently lives in Indiana with her husband, three kids and two dogs. You can find her at Twitter, Facebook, her blog and on her website. And in case you missed them. check out her previous Chick Lit Cheerleader posts here.