I've read two Hardy Boys books, where the Hardys have to go up against rivals. In the one Hardy Boys book, the rivals were basically social rivals. That is, they were just like the Hardys, only cooler and more popular. All the Hardys' friends started hanging out with the new guys; Frank and Joe got sad and lonely, and they felt like they were replaced. It was a good premise, but badly written; everyone in that book comes off as a huge jerk, EXCEPT for the rival characters.
The other rival Hardy Boys book I read was one of the supermysteries, where two teenagers frame Frank and Joe for bank robbery. The teenagers were more or less evil clones of the Hardy Boys. They looked and acted like the Hardys, and they were just as obsessed with being strong and manly.
Yesterday, I talked about Nancy Drew's rivals, who are basically more nasty, incompetent versions of Nancy. And I wonder, why do the Hardy Boys get competent rivals, while Nancy Drew doesn't? It would be interesting to see Nancy go up against a competent rival. I can think of some possibilities.
#1. The smart girl. Nancy's rival is smart, and she notices clues before Nancy does. Or she notices clues that Nancy overlooks, much to Nancy's chagrin. But Nancy is still a better detective, because she does a better job of fitting clues together and figuring out the big picture.
#2. The tough girl. Basically, 1980's Nancy Drew. I want see her be the rival of 1930's Nancy Drew.
#3. The clone. Just like those Hardy Boys rivals, a girl who acts disturbingly similar to Nancy. I don't think I've ever seen Nancy interact with someone who's just like her. If I was writing a book like this, I'd have Clone Nancy become friends with Bess and George, but I'd make it so she hates Ned with a passion. I think that could be interesting.
Do you readers have any ideas for a Nancy Drew rival? Or do you think Deirdre Shannon is good enough competition for our detective hero?