This is a meme from The Introverted Reader. Basically, every Thursday we highlight a character we love in fiction. Last week I picked Jane of Pride and Prejudice fame and this week, I am picking another classic character who has spanned the generations: Nancy Drew.
Nancy Drew has been around for something like 80 years and still hasn't aged a day. (Lucky her!) Why do I love her and her many incarnations? Because! Because everyone likes a smart, intelligent, quick-on-her-feet heroine. She's not one of those who stumbles around blindly wondering what she needs to do, she springs into action and just takes charge of the situtation. She has stared down mobsters, international drug lords, kidnappers, murderers and any other type of n'er-do-well you can think of without flinching. My favorite Nancy is from of course the original Grosset and Dunlap yellow book versions but in high school I also had a really big infatuation with the Nancy Drew on Campus books. Nancy in college, dealing with mystery but also dating, relationships, mean roommates ... That was bliss for me and to this day, I love those books for escapist literature even more than Sweet Valley High and its many spin-offs. Come on, how can you not love a series where prudy George loses her "V card"? (lol I hate that phrase, not sure why I used it either lol)
For all of Nancy's many twists and turns, she is forever the girl I'd love to be. When I'm eighty, I hope I look half as good!