Nancy is a "teen detective queen" who offers girl readers something more than action-packed adventure: she gives them something original. Convention has it that girls are passive, respectful, and emotional, but with the energy of a girl shot out of a cannon, Nancy bends conventions and acts out every girl's fantasies of power.

Other commentators see Nancy as "a paradox—which may be why feminists can laud her as a formative 'girl power' icon and conservatives can love her well-scrubbed middle-class values." - Wikipedia on Nancy Drew

All I know is that I wanted to be Nancy Drew . . . I wanted Ned as a boyfriend, the little car, and her picture perfect preppy wardrobe. Now, not so much the preppy wardrobe. I tried to maintain her sense of neatness and order without making her syrupy.
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