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The Mystery of the Hardy Boys and the Invisible Authors

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By Lacy Baugher Unfortunately, however, she is also dead, and it is her apparent murder that sets her sons off on their path to become sleuths, as they work to solve this very close-to-home mystery. Your mileage may vary regarding how you feel about the fact that Laura is basically killed off to drive emotional development for the men in her life. This is something of a shift from the novels, in which he is basically the dream ideal of a perfect father, so perhaps The Hardy Boys is meant as something of an origin story for Fenton, too. Join our mailing list Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! As a result, a season-long mystery shapes up, albeit one with many moving pieces. A trend which we can likely thank popular teen shows like Riverdale for. And though these characters are all based on figures from the novel, many of them are changed onscreen in ways that help modernize and update the story for a audience. This TV version of Chet is much more of an everyman figure, a regular guy who loves small-town life in Bridgeport.

Their namesake books, which were written as a result of Franklin W. Dixon and debuted all the rage , feature suspenseful titles such at the same time as What Happened at Midnight, Footprints Below the Window, and The Haunted Castle, which are brought to life along with vibrant cover art and dramatic frontispieces. Within the slight volumes themselves, the young detectives, who are often joined by their friends, solve mysteries all the rage the fictional town of Bayport. At the same time as a 7-year-old, I felt the books extended an invitation, a promise: You, too, can save the day. Although beyond the fun exploits, the continuing appeal of the Hardy Boys chain, and the reason it has sold more than 70 million copies, branch from its broad relatability. That is, the books take seriously the actuality that growing up often means having boundless curiosity, challenging authority, and wrestling with questions of good versus criminal. Rereading the Hardy Boys series has been an opportunity to untangle my nostalgia around the sleuths, who accidentally helped me understand my identity all the way through a fictional world not exactly built with boys like me in attend to. Fittingly, the origin of the Enduring Boys franchise was veiled in its own kind of mystery for decades.

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