YOUNGER COLLECTOR JANE MB EXPLAINS how she got interested in collecting: Nancy Drew has been around since 1930. But I, having read a couple of the books as a little girl, only began collecting the books a few years ago. In that short time, I’ve come to realise why Nancy is such an icon for girls and women.
Nancy Drew PC games led back to books
I began playing the Nancy Drew PC games (published by the company, Her Interactive), in 2008, and from there I began reading the books that the games were based upon.
At first, I began reading to see what was similar in the books and games. In some cases, there were few differences and in other cases, the game company had taken small parts of the books and written the rest of the plots themselves.
What she liked in the books
Soon, I got hooked on reading the books for the mysteries and for how Nancy tackles each challenge she faces.
There are many different series and I enjoy reading all of the different ones because they put Nancy in interesting situations. For instance, a very short series focused on Nancy attending University. While it’s not as good as the other series, it was quite interesting to see how Nancy and her friends face the challenges of being on their own, dating or studying or working and handling life crises without the help of their parents. In another later series, the “Mystery Files” (a series that was more mature and included murder), Nancy deals with extremely dangerous people who have murdered, and at the same time, breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and meets other guys. All of the different series show a different side to Nancy and who she is as a person.
Collecting hardcovers v paperbacks
I own a large number of the hardcover ones, and the paperback ones. The hardcovers – what is considered the original 56 Nancy Drew books – are very popular, and occasionally I come across them in second-hand bookshops or in Op shops. They can be quite hard to find.
But the paperbacks can be even harder since they’re not as popular. I have tended towards collecting the paperbacks because I enjoy the challenge of trying to find them. Sometimes I buy them online, but mostly I try and find them in second-hand bookshops.