As a Nancy Drew fan, I purposely avoided reading the news about her demise. But, curiosity being what it is, I finally gave in.
Whew! She doesn’t actually die . . . well, maybe, maybe not. Per the New York Times:
“A new comic book series imagines that Nancy has been killed, infuriating some fans of the unstoppable teen detective who made her debut 90 years ago.” (The optimum word here, people, is “imagines”.)
Yes, 90! Can you believe our pretty, spunky young sleuth has been around for nearly a century (and sold nearly 80 million books)? As an FYI, the brainchild of Edward Stratemeyer, Nancy’s mystery-solving adventures were penned under the pseudonym Carolyn Keene for decades.
More from NYT:
“The forthcoming comic book series “Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Death of Nancy Drew!” was intended to commemorate the publication in April 1930 of the first Nancy Drew book by putting a noirish spin on the classic tale of the roadster-driving, truth-seeking sleuth from River Heights.
But the possibility that Nancy — whose pluck and valor have helped her triumph over villains since the Great Depression — was murdered infuriated some of her passionate fans . . .”
Per CNN Entertainment, “Some fans criticized the decision to apparently “fridge” Nancy Drew in her own series. “Fridging” is a comic book trope in which a female character is killed to build a male character’s development and motivation.”
And per CTV News: “Nancy Drew is dead! Or so it seems,” teases publisher Dynamite in a press release. “Through twists and turns, this dark noir-infused story unfurls as the biggest Nancy Drew mystery of all time.” (“Seems” and “teases” certainly suggest her return.)
Some claim it’s a marketing ploy. Hopefully. I’d hate to think my favorite detective is no more. She’s been part of my life—as she has for countless others—for many, many years. She’s rather like family and losing a beloved family member is beyond tragic.
So I’m going to firmly hold the faith that Nancy will be back to sleuth for 90 more! (Please say it is so, folks!)