A teen detective, I just learned that the character of Nancy Drew dates back to the 1930s. The creator of the Hardy Boys series realized that young girls were reading the stories as well as boys, which of course was the original target audience, and thought there would be a market in these girls and maybe they’d enjoy a strong detective heroine. He came to this decision even while he held the opinion that a woman’s place was in the home.
I also learned that Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym for many different ghost writers over the years. Which of course makes sense if you consider the age of the series. I actually had no idea the character was created nearly 90 years ago!
Well, I’ve never read a Nancy Drew story, or seen one of the shows but I have always loved these kitschy book covers. When Cobble Hill first released this puzzle I was very tempted. I found this one at my local Value Village a few months ago and smiled once the last piece was placed. 1000 pieces and complete! I’m definitely keeping this puzzle in my collection, it’s awesome. A nice medium challenge and so much fun to see each cover come together.
I’ve saved my favourite for last. The Haunted Showboat. It sounds thrilling. Do you have a favourite? Did you ever read Nancy Drew as a kid?