The other day, I was wondering how Ned Nickerson became Nancy Drew's boyfriend. Is there a Nancy Drew book where the two of them become a couple? I know for a fact he wasn't a character in the early books of the Nancy Drew series. Which book is the one that Ned first shows up in? Does he become her boyfriend right away, or does that happen in another book?
I decided to look up the answer to my questions about Ned and...well, it's less exciting than I hoped.
In the original book series, Ned was a guy who spent a lot of time around Nancy. And that's about it. They're just friends who go out a lot. When a new publishing company took over the Nancy Drew series in 1979, Ned got upgraded from "good friend" to "boyfriend". I guess you could say Nancy and Ned sort of became a couple by default. They went out on dates a lot in the first series, so the next set of publishers made them a couple.
...That is not the romantic story I was hoping for.