It’s Nancy Drew’s 80th Anniversary! Instead of growing older, she’s grown younger. As publishers continue to introducer her to new audiences (with hopes of creating continued followship), she can be seen in graphic novels, computer games, and spin-off series that range from Nancy’s elementary to college years.
This week, I participated in a wonderful Nancy Drew Web Conference. Kudos to Jennifer Fisher, the Nancy Drew fanatic who put together this amazingly diverse Web Conference (which also featured the Hardy Boys). Each day, three guest speakers shared essays and photos on various topics, which ranged from cover artwork to collector tips.
5 Things I learned from the Nancy Drew Web Conference:
- She’s Been Busy the Last 80 Years!: Nancy Drew has solved over 500 cases–but she never solved a murder until 1980.
- What’s Hot in Collecting: Collectors tend to focus on books from the era when they grew up reading Nancy Drew. As the oldest books see less circulation—the hot commodity is now the yellow-covered books from the 60s and 70s. (That’s what I grew up on!)
- Writing Clue #11: Penny Warner, author of The Nancy Drew Handbook, suggested that writers “Make the situation hopeless…[then, like Nancy] she must find the courage to go on, make another decision, and get herself out of this devastating trouble.”
- Nancy’s Secrets are Archived: Many records from the Stratemeyer Syndication (the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boy, etc., original creator) are on file at the New York Public Library in the Manuscript and Archives Division. For any of you New Yorkers looking for volunteer work—much of it still needs to be inventoried (wish I lived closer).
- Nancy Shows Brief Romanticism: In the 1980s books, The Phantom of Venice and The Bluebeard Room, the usually-aloof Nancy Drew falls victim to a hunky news reporter and a rock star. Quite different from her platonic relationship with boyfriend, Ned Nickerson
It’s not too late to read join the Web Conference, which is archived at http://www.nancydrewsleuth.com/2010webcon.html. You can register ($20) at anytime to access all 24 articles. It was delightful–I highly recommend it.
Check out my next blog posting, which will be 5 More Things I learned from the Nancy Drew Web Conference!