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Did You Read Nancy Drew Books as a Kid?

Long before Veronica Mars was everyone's favorite smart, sassy girl detective, there was Nancy Drew. I remember reading some of my mom's old Nancy Drew novels as a kid, though even then I found some of the language and other aspects just a little gee-willakers outdated for my tastes.

So I think it's nice to make Nancy Drew palatable to modern girls with the new movie coming out this Friday June 15. However, I've heard some hard-core Drew fans lament the fact that the movie looks like a far cry from the original series.

What about you? Do you have a soft spot for Nancy Drew?

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mollipop mollipop 8 years
I read a few Nancy Drew books, as well as a couple of The Hardy Boys books. I never got too into the series, but I loved the idea of an young, intelligent, female lead in a book.
PennyCheesecake PennyCheesecake 8 years
George was and still is my favorite name for a girl. :) I agree, it is really nice to see a young female hero in a movie in these days of Paris and Lindsay.
loveny21 loveny21 8 years
i also read them and loved them. i secretly want to see the movie too. emma roberts looks adorable as nancy. even though it might not be exactly like the books i hope it gets younger kids into the books. i also hope that younger girls will see it and want to be more like nancy and not lindsay or paris.
BonjourChaton BonjourChaton 8 years
Yes and I still have them all! I loved Nancy Drew! And I want to secretly see this movie.
gen92 gen92 8 years
I think I have read every nancy drew book. Movie looks soooooooooooooo far off from the book. :( ill watch it to make sure.
ml345 ml345 8 years
I love the Nancy Drew series and read the whole series so it gets me so upset that they messed up the whole movie and it's so different from the books. I don't even want to see the movie. They should make a Nancy Drew movie that is actually like the book
dabridgeta dabridgeta 8 years
My first one was "The Mystery at the Lilac Inn" in first grade. I can remember loving it so much I finished it in one day. I read them religiously after that; I had a neighbor that had a huge, almost complete collection of the originals. My favorite was "The Mysterious Mannequin." I thought it had such an exotic cover. I also loved how the authors changed Nancy's hair color from Strawberry Blonde to Titian Blonde randomly like halfway through the series. I had no idea what Titian meant in third grade, but I wanted to be one. I also wished dearly that my mom had named me George. Ohh...good times, good times.
mrflibble mrflibble 8 years
I loved it so much!! Nancy is called "Alice" in the french translation of the books. Now my oldest daughter reads them (time flies ...). By the way, the girl in the movie doesn't really look like the Nancy/Alice I used to imagine reading the books.
pixelgirl pixelgirl 8 years
I loved the Nancy Drew books when I was little! As for the movie not staying true to the book... well, most movies do not. I'm always disappointed when a book I love is turned into a meh movie. I do have high hopes for the "His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass" movie though.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 8 years
I absolutely loved Nancy Drew! This movie really doesn't seem like it would be anything like the Nancy Drew from the books though.
girlgreen girlgreen 8 years
i liked nancy drew, probably read about half the series! but i have to admit, if they made her older and stayed truer to her character, they might miss out on that key tween audience. wouldn't teens think it's uncool to see it? unfortunately, movies are all about money, not faithful adaptations.
brokenhalo brokenhalo 8 years
Oh hellz yeah! I wanted to BE Nancy Drew! :) I loved the classic books and the modern ones (The Nancy Drew Files). Random fact: The author's name, Carolyn Keene, was actually the pen name for a duo; a man, Edward Stratemeyer (who wrote the original books) and his daughter Harriet, who wrote the modern versions. From what I've heard of this movie it sounds like someone wanted to make a movie about a girl detective and decided to use Nancy Drew's name only because it would be a crowd puller. Sounds nothing like the books IMO :OY:
CamillaCat CamillaCat 8 years
My first comment!! I looved Nancy Drew, still do! I happily own all 56 of her old books. I am sure to slip some of these books to my step-daughter in the near future. But seeing the previews for the movie makes me wonder if the creators even read one of her books? Nancy was envied by all her friends and adored by the community, she was not at all geeky as the movie portrays. I am sure it is still a good, innocent movie, but why couldn't they make it like the real Nancy? And yes, where are Bess and George? Is Ned in here? Those characters made Nancy Drew!
reese05 reese05 8 years
i have nothing againsta Emma but she is not the NANCY DREW that I envisioned while reading the books. She is far from it actually!
etab etab 8 years
Meemaroo, I tried the Trixie books and couldn't get into 'em- isn't weird what we get and don't get hooked on?
etab etab 8 years
Wow, there are so many of us Nancy Drew nerds! I love it! I read every single book of hers, and the Hardy Boys, and the Bobbsey Twins! LOL, I had forgotten about the Bobbsey Twins books... This movie looks like it has nothing to do with "our" Nancy Drew and they just stole the name. May be cool for little kids now, but it is seriously irritating to me.
Meemaroo Meemaroo 8 years
Read a few of the Nancy Drew books but was really a big Trixie Belden fan!!
azbezzy azbezzy 8 years
my mom bought me a whole bunch of the books but i only ever remember reading the clue of the dancing puppet and the mystery of the old clock, or whatever it was called. all i really remember was nancy being titian blonde, george and portly bess, having luncheons with her dad, and all sorts of other boring stuff. ...the movie looks cute though.
mandykw mandykw 8 years
My mom gave me a bunch of her old Nancy Drew books when I was younger and I loved them. The movie looks cute, though not at all like the books, which seems to be the case with most book to film movies.
figurine figurine 8 years
No, which is surprising seeing how I read a lot.
sumnboutme sumnboutme 8 years
I loved nancy drew but somehow I don't have an inkling to watch this movie. It seem like the studios are killing some of the children's classics...look what they did to poor Scooby Doo.
juiceejuice juiceejuice 8 years
i loved nancy drew, but i like anything with a mystery.
missyosigirl missyosigirl 8 years
i read the bobbsey twins too ekdkdk1! :D and i read all of nancy drew book in one short phase, reading and finishing one every day. i never went beyond the 56th book though. and i never read the "modern" versions. i was happy with my "conservative" nancy drew :D
ekdkdk1 ekdkdk1 8 years
I read Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys and the Bobsey Twins(cageyme nobody even knows what I Am talking about when I say that name..haha) I don't remember Nancy as an "outkast, uncool" typer person. I also don't remember her being all "Martha Stewarty" I am not sure if I am going to like that. But I do have a 6 year old that wants to see it.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 8 years
I loved the books as a child and I even kept a few of my very favorites; they still sit on my bookshelf. My friends and I used to play make believe Nancy Drew. =)
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