Thursday, March 5, 2015

Letters to Literary Heroes #1 - Nancy Drew

Hello, and happy first Thursday of March to you all! I've got a really exciting (well, I think it's exciting) new feature on the blog that I'm introducing, titled (yep, you guessed it), Letters to Literary heroes:
What are these letters, do you ask? To put it simply, on the first Thursday of every month I'm writing a letter to some of my favorite book characters, from old to new and new to old. What do I have to say to these characters? Stick around and find out; I have something that I owe to many of them.


Dear Nancy Drew, 

Thanks to you, I wanted to be a detective when I was in the fifth grade. That was the first time I picked up one of your books, and I spent the next four years fervently collecting each of your original tales. I'm twenty years old, now, and I haven't been in the fifth grade for about ten years, yet I can say for a fact that you inspired me to be who I am today.

No, I'm not a detective (although I still think that would be awesome). Yet you taught me how to remain calm, cool, and collected in any situation, no matter how stressful. You taught me to not be afraid of being smart and of doing what I'm talented at. You taught me to follow my dreams and do what I love.

Because of you, I refuse to back down when I feel threatened; maybe I'm not up against practiced criminals, but I am up against a world that wants to push down anyone who'll listen to its harsh words. More importantly: I'm up against myself. Confidence has been my greatest weapon, and I've always attributed it to seeing it for the first time in you.

I wanted to be a detective, yes, but more than that I wanted to emulate you, and in that way I found myself as a reader, and eventually as a writer.

Happy Sleuthing,



Have you ever read Nancy Drew? What would you say to her given the chance? Or, write your own letter to a literary hero and link me in the comments!

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  1. Oh my goodness, Rae! I LOVE this so much! I think I may jump in on this too! (if ya don't mind ;) ) Wether or not the letter will be to Nancy Drew, I don't know but considering those books were my childhood I probably will. Eeep!

    1. Thanks, Adriana! I'm glad you like it so much! And I'd love it if you did; I'm going to make a page about this feature that'll invite anyone who wants to join to have fun with it, too, so keep a lookout!

  2. When I was younger, I struggled to read the Nancy Drew books, and preferred the Hardy Boys. I didn't like the girly side of Nancy Drew, but looking back, I am now impressed that she did what she did without losing her feminine side :)

    1. I was actually the opposite! After I began Nancy Drew, I tried out the Hardy Boys; for some reason I was never able to get into those, but I've heard great things! Nancy's feminine side is what always pulled me in: smart, tough, stylish, and always herself!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!