Saturday, January 25, 2014
Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase
Huh, there wasn't much of a reaction to the idea of a Nancy Drew Mega Marathon. I might do it anyway. My girlfriend is busy on Saturdays, so I don't have much going on.
Well, besides for all the writing I keep putting off, and the video walkthroughs.
One writing project I really need to hurry up with is my review of Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase. This is the second book in the Nancy Drew series. I have the original 1930 edition, and the rewrite, and let me tell you: the original is so much better.
I only read the first few chapters, but both versions start with Nancy meeting Nathan Gomber/Gombet. In the original version, the two of them get into a huge fight, and he tries to hit her, prompting her to call the police. In the rewrite, Nathan is more of a sleazeball than a hothead, and Nancy politely asks him to leave.
Maybe it's just me, but I thought it was more interesting to see Nancy get in a fight than it is to see her calmly discussing legal matters. Nathan is definitely more dangerous in the original; in the rewrite, he's more of a con artist than a dangerous person who is likely to kill you.
The rewrite has five fewer chapters than the original, so it condenses things a bit. In particular, the storyline about Nancy going to solve a mystery at a haunted house. This gets brought up in Chapter One of the rewrite; I'm on Chapter Three of the original, and Helen Corning is still nowhere to be found.