I didn't grow up with a love of superheroes or famous athletes, and only a few musicians and actors. The one thing that always drew my attention however, were books, and the first "superhero" I grew to love was the worlds greatest amateur sleuth, Nancy Drew.
I've got a collection of almost every Nancy Drew novel tucked away in a bookshelf in my old room at my parents house, with their yellow bindings stowed away neatly in order. There's always been something about a good mystery that gets to me, rendering me completely useless until I get past the red herrings and the traps to find out the secret that's been hiding in plain sight the whole time. I love the thrill of the chase, and following along as more clues come to light, all from the safety of the living room couch.
There's something about Nancy herself too, a young, spunky teen who's charm, wit and bravery combine to fight against the odds. She's a great role model really, with her go-getter attitude and strong work ethic, she's friendly and kind, but also knows when to lay down the law.
When I was a lot younger my dad got this computer game, called "The Haunted Mansion", a mystery game starring the one an only Nancy Drew. It's a point and click game, where you take the place of Nancy and search through a spooky old house to solve a mystery. My sister and I were much too young to play it at the time, but my dad played it for us while we sat in dining room chairs that we'd pulled up next to him. It became something of a ritual, with the three of us packed together in the study, solving puzzles and trying to get to the bottom of the case at hand.
I continued to play the games into my teen years, along with my sister, and we'd take turns with the latest game. My style differed from my sisters, I was so eager to solve the mystery and figure out whodunnit that I'd visit online forums to get hints for some of the harder puzzles. My sister was much more of a puritan, and refused to take hints or cheats to get through the games. I've got so many fantastic memories of playing those games. Some were so scary, and playing them in the dark provided the greatest thrill, and some were just plain fun. Nancy traveled the world in her games, and I got to join her.Read More