Every few years I get the urge to re-read certain books. One series on regular rotation is Anne of Green Gables. I simply adore the books. Well, growing up, I can vividly remember my little blue bookshelf, where quite a bit of space was taken up by a collection of Nancy Drew books with yellow spines.
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About a year ago, I happened to pick up a novel from my local library whose characters were obsessed with rare Nancy Drew books. This reminded me that I had my own (not so rare!) editions and they would be fun and easy reading. They are hilarious! The books are incredibly formulaic and are sure to mention past books in the first chapter, and the upcoming title on the last page to whet the appetite. I guess publishers were all about selling their product even in the 1930s (or could this be part of the updates made to the original texts?).
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It turns out that revisions were made when these books were re-published. Doing a quick bit of internet research reveals that the texts were changed during the 1950s to alter her age and to take away some of
independent spirit and moxy and make her a bit more dependent on others. Shame on them!
I would love to read the original.
I mean, how outspoken and pushy could she possibly be?! Today there are hundreds of books that have been published, and instead of Nancy's "little blue coupe" she now has a cell phone and hybrid car. Well, I will stick with my "old" updated version, thank you very much - the thought of Nancy Drew with a cell phone is just too much to take! Nancy
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Last night I pulled out The Secret in the Old Attic. Part of the story line involves a spider silk formula and a nefarious character who steals the secret to make his own silk fabric, using black widow spiders! (The bad guys are easy to spot because they always enjoy scary things like killer spiders and dark attics.)
Well, imagine my surprise when Threads Magazine added an online article about spider silk! How does this happen!? Coincidence, fate, serendipity? Whatever it is, I love it!
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And I adore the original cover art from the 1930s and 1940s illustrated by Russell H. Tandy! Nancy Drew never seems to age, but her hairstyles and clothing transform dramatically over the years. It is a fascinating looks at how teen fashion changed throughout the years! And now I think I may have to find myself some 1930s patterns . . .