2018 A to Z: V… All About Nancy Drew
In 2016 I learned of the first annual April A to Z… it immediately intrigued me and I began racking my brain for a theme. After much reading, and thinking… I finally came up with the theme of Southern Foods and Memories… it said to write what you know! When April of 2017 rolled around, I decided to share Conversations with Mama to the world… the best of my on-going blog post that has generated from nightly talks to my mother. It’s now 2018 and as Nancy Drew has been on my mind… since I began re-building my collection back… well, I hope you will join me in celebrating All about Nancy Drew during the April A to Z Blog Hop!
V is for… Villains and Video Games
Do you know which covers of our Nancy Drew books match up to these illustrations within… there is always a villain, criminal or person of suspected character which creates that mystery for Nancy to solve?
The “villains” in the Nancy Drew mysteries are who Nancy always escapes from… they were the suspicious characters who she chased, and often who chased her in trying to scare her away! If you’ve only read one Nancy Drew mystery, you know that nothing scares Nancy, it only intrigues her even more!
As Nancy went about her “mystery solving”… she ran into all type of characters, from kidnappers, burglars, psychics, thieves and just dirty rotten scoundrels… and Nancy always prevailed! She’s been locked in closets… left to starve, received countless phone threats, chased by ghosts, and how many times has her car been sideswiped or run off the road! Nothing deters her!
Nancy isn’t easily scared off… in fact, it only encourages her!
A few of the more well-known villain names were Mortimer Bartesque (OT) but it was later slightly changed to a less sounding “villain-like” to Martin Bartesque in the later revised text (RT) volumes.
Don’t laugh, there are even more odd villain names… to the likes of El Gato, Snorky, Swahili Joe, Stumpy Dowd, Nathan Bombet, Fleetfoot Joe, Hector Keep, Cobb Hooker, Tom Tozzle, One Caputti, Zany Shaw, Sid Zikes, Biggs the chauffeur, Harry Tyrox, Ferdinand Slocum, Sniggs, Grumper Franz, Bushy Trott, Horace Dight, John “Bullseye” Bellows, and even Spike Doty, which makes me think of the old cartoon… Spike the bulldog!
There are even more villains with names like Howard Fay, but known as “Flip Fay aka The Crow,” and the Carr brothers with their evil wives. How horrible to be labeled as your husband’s evil wife! And sometimes, they’re even just referred to as “dark, short, or sort of a crooked mouth with beady eyes (The Clue of the Black Keys (OT)).
If they didn’t have a nickname, you just knew they’d be referred to as a descriptive, to the likes of… the “crinkly-eared man,” the masked man, old grizzle face, the bearded man with cruel, beady eyes, or the villain who’s tall and gaunt with piercing eyes, and not to forget the dark-haired, beady-eyed stranger, or just plain written as having a cruel face with a set-jaw and fiery eyes… and there’s also even been a tin can robot villain creature who attacked Nancy Drew.
If only Ned had chased Nancy as well as he helped her chase the villains… well he might have really made her his girlfriend… which was never actually implied!
There’s not even one of the Nancy Drew mystery books which doesn’t have a victim or victims… as what else would Nancy do without them? If I haven’t mentioned all their names here… well you’ll recognize them by their square jaws, ruddy complexion or just plain ornery looks! Don’t tell them I told you!
88 years later, Nancy is still empowering girls to be brave… she’s still the role model of showing how to be the strong female!
Picture from Her Interactive… the creators of the Nancy Drew video games.
If only they had video games when I was reading Nancy Drew as a young girl… My, Oh My… wouldn’t I have had fun!
I have not actually played any of the Nancy Drew games for the computer by Her Interactive… but I have watched a few videos of them on YouTube as I’ve been contemplating if my eight-year-old granddaughter could play them. I think I may give her a little more time before buying one, but you never know as kids operate the computer better than we think. I recently gave her a book on Helen Keller and it definitely kept her interest, as her mother said that after reading the entire book, she googled her on the Internet.
Many of the games are somewhat along the same plots as the books, such as The Secret of the Old Clock, while others are completely different; mostly targeted for ages ten and up, so I guess I’m not left out!
While I’ve never been much of a game player on the computer, I might just have to buy one and give it a try before giving to her. I just hope I don’t become too interested, as I already have enough on my plate… especially since adding Nancy Drew back in my life and recently becoming addicted to knitting socks… I just found a yarn that reminds me of the colors of Nancy Drew in yellow and blues… and it’s calling to me!
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