Since I just renewed my acquaintance with Nancy Drew while at the beach last week, I noted with interest an article in today’s Washington Post. It presents an interesting theory as to why she’s not as popular as she once was:
Girls now don’t need Nancy Drew. They know what we had to learn — that self-confidence is something to celebrate, not suppress; that they don’t need to apologize for being assertive, or even, heaven forbid, ambitious.
For us, Nancy Drew was revolutionary. Today, she’s the new normal.
I don’t know enough (any?) preteen/teenage girls to know if this is an accurate assessment, but if it is, it’s such a tremendous leap forward. I’d be lying, though, if I said I wasn’t sorry that Nancy — and Anne, and Ramona, and all the other great girl heroes of my childhood — won’t have as treasured a place on future bookshelves as they did on mine.