Thank You Nancy Drew

“Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.” ~ Helen Keller

Teen Detective Extraordinaire

Books literally feed my soul. They have since I was a child. The first person to do that was teen detective extraordinaire, Nancy Drew. Their is nothing like seeing those yellow jackets hiding a mysterious adventure. A girl who could do anything, and always used her wit to get out of any situation.

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Heck I wanted to be Nancy Drew. At a young age I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to be a detective (private eye of course) or a lawyer like Nancy’s father. I would gulp her books down like they were a milk-shake for my brain and imagine I was in the books tackling the mysteries and saving the day. I even wished that I had Titan hair like Nancy, maybe that explains why I died my hair red at sixteen!

My Best Friend

She may have been a character in a novel, but she felt like my best friend. Even now when I am in a book store I will venture over to the children’s section to see if she has any new books out, though nothing can beat the originals.

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If Nancy Drew was real (though to my six year old heart she is) I would be sending her a wine basket weekly. At a young age, I saw my sister reading her books and I just had to read them. I didn’t even bother with Doctor Seus or any of the learn to read books. I ran past go and straight to Nancy Drew.

Why I wanted to be a Writer

It is thanks to her that my love of reading and writing was cultivated. In an era before their was Fan Fiction, I was writing picture books (well stick and circle people really) in first grade with Nancy as the protagonist. (my mom still has them!) And when FanFiction.net was created, I began writing Nancy Drew Fanfics there. Why do I bring that up? Well for shits and giggles I went to see if my account was STILL there and if my novels were Still there…

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They were! It literally gave me all the feels! I also apologize to all my cyber readers out there who were left waiting because I never finished the FF…Oops.

Okay back on subject.

Thank You Nancy (and Carolyn Keene!) 

I owe a lot to dear old Nancy and gang. She taught me a lot about strong females, how to solve a good mystery, (and somehow always look impeccable while doing it) friendships, relationships, and while I can’t thank her, I can thank Carolyn Keene for creating a world and showing me at a young age what great plot, solid characters, and dedication to her craft is all about.

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In a world pre Harry potter Carolyn Keene really was ahead of her time, in creating a world that felt as real as it was fantastical.

As I reread (and cringed) over my FF as well as read the comments (I know, I know NEVER read the comments, but it was all surprisingly supportive and great advice) I also remembered that I didn’t just love reading mysteries, I also loved writing them too. While I have gotten away from that genre, I just might have to pay a visit to it again.

Yes I owe a lot to Miss Drew. Somewhere out their in literary fiction I hope you know how influential you were and how much I appreciate you my dear book friend. Thank you!

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Did you ever read Nancy Drew? Or have books that remind you of childhood?