My apologies for missing the last week with no blog. As I have said, I am a high school teacher, and we had to report back to work last week. School begins tomorrow, and I'm going to have to figure out how to maintain a twice a week blog along with the various demands school brings. In addition to school, I'm working nights part time until the middle of October, and taking a graduate level course towards my Masters degree. So bear with me, at least for the next month or so. I'll do my best!
Based on comments made, it seems everyone feels that the Nancy Drew books 1-175 are the official canon. I find that interesting, as I would think many would feel that only the Original Text Nancy's constitute the official canon. Or that only the first 56 books published by Grosset and Dunlap count. But that is not the case.
Personally, I'm glad that there is room in readers minds for the later paperbacks. I find the pace of the books acceptable, and really like the modern Nancy of the late twentieth century. I like the mysteries, and find them reflective of their time, just as the early Nancy reflected her own era. I have only read a handful, but I like the paperbacks. I'm glad folks don't mind including them. It adds to the appeal of the series, in my opinion. The longevity of the series is a testimony to the Stratemeyer vision.
I'll post later this week again. If you haven't done so, check out my Bonanzle booth. I have some paperback Nancy's, as well as first printings of the early Girl Detective series.