A Lot of Nancy Drew, and a little Trixie Belden

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I don’t recall how old I was exactly when I read my first Nancy Drew book. I do remember that I was young, because there were several words that I didn’t know the meaning to. For example, who at eight years old knew the meaning of quandary? Like what? I’d sit next to Mom while I read so she could be my human dictionary.

The first book I read, which was actually the second book in the series, was The Hidden Staircase. Reading about the way Nancy used her wits and detective skills to solve the mystery of a “haunted” mansion was exciting! It made me want to solve mysteries of my own. But due to the lack of suspicious activity around our neighborhood (which, in hindsight, is a good thing) I settled for reading about them instead. Plus, it’s been proven to be less dangerous to read about crooks than meet up with them in real life. Ever since I found that book tucked away in a box (along with my mom’s complete Trixie Belden series) I have loved Nancy Drew.

The_Hardy_Boys_Nancy_Drew_Mysteries_dvd_coverThe next obvious step, after reading about Nancy, would be to watch a show, right? Nancy_drewMom introduced me to the 1978 Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries that she used to watch. I’ve watched every episode (at least those available on Netflix at the time) multiple times over. I was thrilled when I recognized a couple of the episode plots as plots in a ND book. When the 2007 Nancy Drew movie starring Emma Roberts came out? Mom and I saw it. Twice.

Then I thought, I love Nancy Drew and I love books–I’m always looking to expand my library. Why not collect the entire series??? So that’s what I set out to do. It became my mission to find the yellow hardcover Nancy Drew books in either version, matte or glossy. No garage, library, or used book sale was safe as I searched high and low for all sixty-four books.

At times it was frustrating. Once I got past book 56 they became harder for me to find. Some days it felt like I’d never get them all! I didn’t want to pay twenty dollars (or more) for one book….

Family, friends, wonderful people who follow my blog that I haven’t even met–I am pleased to announce that after years and years of casually searching and three months of aggressive eBay searching, I have done it. Last month book 58, The Flying Saucer Mystery, arrived in my mailbox in all its glossy hardcover, new book glory. It was a very happy day as I slid it in between books 57 and 59 and was able to bask in the fact that

MY COLLECTION WAS COMPLETE!

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As you can see, I have several matte books sandwiched between the glossy. A couple library books, and I’m debating whether or not to try and remove those stickers. (Probably won’t because it would be a horrifying experience, trying to remove them without damaging the cover) But the books–the stories–they are all there, and it makes me so excited to see the bright yellow when I look at my bookcase.

Quick Fun Fact:

A lot of people say that the original Nancy Drew collection spans only from books 1-56–not 1-64. Why? Upon Googling, I found this interesting tidbit: Originally Nancy Drew mysteries were published by the Grosset & Dunlap company. For a reason that presently eludes me, books 57 onward were published by Simon & Schuster. Because they switched publishers, a lot of folks regard books 57-64 as an entirely different series. I, however, don’t really care about who published it as long as it’s hardcover and yellow. Regardless, it’s interesting!

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Something I Find Kinda Cool:

As years progress and a book gets older, publishers will update the covers of books and release them again. The same is true for Nancy Drew. In 1930 when the books were first released, they had a blue cover with the title in orange font. It was later changed to add a silhouette of Nancy Drew holding a magnifying glass. In 1962, they were yellow matte with a full-color picture on the front and in ’86 the glossy version was released. For example:

Nancy Drew Covers

I also found two sites here and here that show all the different covers on the series. If you’re like me, maybe you’ll find it neat on how they change the pictures. These pictures look similar for the most part, but some of them are pretty different!

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One More Thing I Find Interesting:

Did you know that the first 34 Nancy Drew’s were revised? Because they were! Beginning in 1959, they began to revise the books to update the way they talked and to eliminate racial stereotypes. If you want to see the differences between the original synopsis’ and the revised version (also kinda cool) you can check out this link! So the Nancy Drew books your great-grandma read back in 1935 don’t necessarily have the same text….

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You know, one thing that I find as particularly impressive is that when a crook jumps into a vehicle and burns rubber down the road, Nancy Drew instantly memorizes the license plate. But I’m pretty jealous that she can dash after criminals in pumps! Just sayin’. 😉 Haha, I will say though that a few incidents are a little far-fetched. I particularly remember one book when Nancy, George and Bess were investigating a room belonging to a potential criminal. It was filled with picture and portrait frames, some filled with pictures and some empty. They heard the crook approaching and..wait for it…they decided to hide by posing as pictures behind the empty frames! Man oh man, that made me pause for a second…then laugh! But hey, this is Nancy Drew we’re talking about. Crooks stand no chance against the pretty and quick-witted girl detective!

As I said above, I used to want to solve mysteries, just like Nancy Drew. Even though mysteries were scarce, I had a clue book at one point and made the paper clip, string and pencil gadget that she had in the movie. That way, if I were ever balancing precariously ten feet above my needed object, I could send my paper clip attached to the string and pencil down to hook it like I was fishing.

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Another great girl detective is Trixie Belden. And as much as I enjoy a good Nancy Drew…I might even like Trixie Belden…just a little bit better. 😀 Okay, okay, let me explain myself here. I’ve been saying how much I love Nancy Drew–so how can I say that I like Trixie even better???? I wasn’t lying when I said that I love ND. The reason I enjoy Trixie so much though, is that she seemed more real. She argued with her brothers and friends at times, rode her bike places (as opposed to a blue convertible), and she made mistakes. It’s easier for me to relate to her than Nancy, who sometimes seems a little too perfect.

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Both are marvelous mystery books and I’m sure people have their own reasons for loving (or not loving) them. And now that I’ve told you all about what I think, I’d hate for this to be a one-sided conversation. While the post was more about Nancy Drew than Trixie Belden, if you’d rather talk Trix, I’m all ears!

Does anyone have any cool fun facts about either girl detective? Do you collect? Favorite book? For Nancy Drew mysteries, loved The Mystery of the Brass Bound Trunk and The Password to Larkspur Lane (which I always read, and still think of, as Lakespur). My favorite Trixie book…I think it’s the first one, The Secret of the Mansion.

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10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag

10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag | Majestic Adventures

Hello hello! I have been nominated by the lovely Sarah @ Life of a Homeschooler to participate in a “10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag.” My second ever tag. (You can read my first one here) I love tags. I am very excited. So, here’s what’s gonna happen here. Below I am going to share some characters that I like from some of my favorite shows! Boom baby! You guys ready? Let’s see if we share any favorites!


Barney Fife | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures1. Barney Fife (Don Knotts) | The Andy Griffith Show

Barney. Dear Barney. He’s my all-time favorite character of The Andy Griffith Show. Working as a deputy in small town Mayberry, Barney’s full of big and wild ideas. Barney gets worked up about the littlest things, and small towns like Mayberry really have no need of tear gas and smoke bombs, but don’t tell him that. 😉 He carries his one bullet in his front pocket because of how many times he’s accidentally fired it! Even though he sometimes meddles in other people’s business, he means well and genuinely cares about others. (Plus Don Knotts himself is just hilarious. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and The Shakiest Gun in the West are hilarious, and I love his character in both those movies as well!)

 

Data | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures2. Data (Brent Spiner) | Star Trek: Next Generation

Data the Android! Because he’s a robot, he doesn’t have emotions or feelings, and he’s constantly trying to understand human behavior and to be more “humanlike.” Some of the things he says though are just plain funny, like the picture. I can hear him saying it in my head in a monotone tone (since he doesn’t have emotions he doesn’t have any fluctuation in his voice) and it just makes me chuckle every time. (Most) everything he does is logical, and that’s just Data!

 

Olaf | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures3. Olaf (Josh Gad) | Frozen

FROZEN. I didn’t see this movie when it first came out, so I was pretty anxious to see what made this movie so great. So when I did finally see it, Olaf became was my (one of many) favorite character. He’s hilarious! He enjoys warm hugs and doesn’t “have a skull. Or bones.” He enjoys all things warm, but doesn’t have much experience with heat. And he’s a true believer that some people are worth melting for. With these reasons and more, it’s easy to see why so many people love Olaf! He’s a happy-go-lucky snowman buddy, and frankly, super adorable.

 

Samwise the Brave | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures4. Samwise the Brave (Sean Astin) | The Lord of the Rings

Dear ol’ Sam is my favorite character in the LOTR trilogy. He’s loyal, brave (hence his name, Samwise the Brave) and perseveres. He stuck with Frodo even when Frodo got really loopy and weird because of The Ring. Sam went back for Frodo and saved him from the orcs and a giant spider, and then carried Frodo up Mount Doom! Sam’s a true friend, and that’s why he’s earned a rank on ten of my top favorite screen characters.

 

Larry the Cucumber | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures5. Larry the Cucumber (Mike Nawrocki) | VeggieTales

I love VeggieTales. Larry the Cucumber is my favorite. While he’s not busy being LarryBoy with “super suction ears!” he’s singing silly songs about his lips, Cebu’s, and water buffalos. He’s part of a gang of pirates, The Pirate Who Don’t Do Anything. What do they do? They don’t do anything.  He’s known for losing his hairbrush and, in case you were wondering, he’s a cucumber, not a pickle.

 

Mr. Howell | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures6. Mr. Howell (Jim Backus) | Gilligan’s Island

I’ve watched and rewatched Gilligan’s Island many many times. I love all the characters, but I really like the billionare Mr. Howell. He thinks about ways to make more money, and sometimes just about himself, but cares about the other castaways on the island as well. He makes sure he has his teddy bear when he goes to bed at night, but if someone really needs it, he’ll loan it out.

 

Jessica Fletcher | Favorite Screen Characters Murder, She Wrote7. Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) | Murder, She Wrote

I love Murder, She Wrote. Jessica is pretty amazing because she’s not only a (world?)famous mystery author, she solves mysteries as well. I mean, 12 seasons worth of solved mysteries. That takes some pretty awesome detective work there. It also makes for a really awesome show. Sometimes I can’t even guess who did it, and I like to be surprised. She helps her many friends, nieces and nephews when they get in trouble. Plus, there’s typewriters, and I really like typewriters. (The looks of them at least. I have never used one.)

 

Elizabeth Thatcher | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures8. Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) | When Calls the Heart

I love this show. Despite the fact that it doesn’t follow the book but for about five little details, it is a marvelous show. A little predictable, but still. Marvelous. And I haven’t seen the second season yet, so I am kindly requesting you please no spoilers! Anyways, this is about Elizabeth. First of all, I have to admire how she journeyed out West to become a school teacher. She left her comfortable home in the East to teach little kiddos, after all! It wasn’t what she was used to, but she didn’t give up. She can be stubborn and determined, but she’s loving and loyal.

 

Rob Petrie | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures9. Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rob Petrie, comedy writer for the Alan Brady Show. The whole show is just hilarious, I really can’t narrow it down to just Rob as my favorite! Other than writing, he enjoys skiing (but that didn’t end up well), sailing (neither did that) and is a constant tripper. I love the jokes that he and his writing staff come up with for Alan’s television show. He loses things too, from a brand new watch to the script for this week’s show!

 

Dory | Favorite Screen Characters, Majestic Adventures10. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) | Finding Nemo

P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. I think that’s all the second address we have memorized. (I can’t take credit for that, I found that on Pinterest.) Dory, a fish who loves parties, also loves to help out clownfish she meets in the ocean. She’s also not too good on names, as you can tell. She suffers from short term memory loss, and isn’t quite sure where her family is. I’m excited for Finding Dory!!!


 

Ta-da! A few of my favorite characters from a few of my favorite movies. 😀 What about you? Do we share any favorite movies or characters? I’d love to hear your faves in the comments, or read about them on your blog! (Just leave a link so I know where to go. ;))  I was supposed to nominate people, but I think I’ll leave the nominations open to whoever wants to do it. So if you have a blog, this is your official notification that you have been tagged for the 10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag. 😀

Thanks for reading! Until next time!

 

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The Andy Griffith Show

The Andy Griffith Show

(Characters from left: Opie Taylor, Aunt Bea Taylor [Andy and Opie’s aunt] and Andy Taylor)

The Andy Griffith Show is one of my all time favorite television shows. It was filmed in the 1960’s in black and white (until a later season when it went into color).

Andy Taylor is the main character and he works as the Mayberry town sheriff. Andy has one son named Opie, and he’s not married (They never say what happened to Opie’s mother). Barney Fife is the town deputy.

The show is set in Mayberry, West Virginia. It’s a small town, with not a lot of crime. Most of the time, things are pretty calm but there’s always something going on that keeps the sheriff’s office busy. Whether it’s trying to prove that the old abandoned house isn’t actually haunted, or catching a crook, it’s always an adventure in Mayberry.

Then there’s the comedy side. 😀 If there is a fugitive hiding in an abandoned house, Deputy Barney Fife wants to call in for reinforcements, get the tear gas, and a whole bunch of other crazy stuff. Or, he arrests the whole town on flimsy charges. Some stuff like an eighty-year old man yelling at the top of his lungs that his friend cheated (which isn’t very loud considering he’s eighty!) . Or even some of the ladies hanging outside the sheriff’s office talking for a while when Barney said to move along.

What I love about the Andy Griffith Show is, not only is it funny, but the characters in it really care about each other. If someone makes fun of Barney, Andy will try to boost Barney’s self-confidence, and help him know that he is loved even if people laugh. Even if there are arguments, everyone in Mayberry always sticks together and looks out for one another. People don’t put each other down because it’s fun. If someone’s sick they take care of one another. Yes, I love The Andy Griffith Show and I encourage you to watch it sometime!

What are your thoughts about the Andy Griffith Show? Have you seen it before? 🙂

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