Well, I’m doing another very stupid thing. Worse yet, people are actually encouraging me to do so.
Starting next Friday (May 27th) at 7 pm Eastern, I’m going to be diving head first into the world of my childhood – or pre-teenhood, I suppose, and I’ll be live streaming it 2 hours a week, all for your entertainment. Oh, the things I do for you people.
When I was younger, say between the ages of 10 and 14, I read a LOT. That was the height of my book consumption, when I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning reading books by flashlight and thinking I was a badass for being up past my bedtime. I devoured fantasy novels from The Chronicles of Narnia to Harry Potter to His Dark Materials. I read books assigned for school, and books I found on weekly trips to the library. But no matter the fantasy worlds or historical sites or far off places I could visit in the pages of these books, there was no series I went back to more often than Nancy Drew.
Nancy Drew, the 18-year-old detective from River Heights, Illinois, was my childhood hero. She was smart, resourceful, audacious, and too curious for her own good. She could drive stick, pick locks, ride horses, ski, skate, and hold her own in a fight. Hell, she’s still my hero and I haven’t picked up a Nancy Drew Mystery in at least 12 years. Until today.
Earlier this week, CBS decided not to bring Nancy Drew and her friends back to our television screens when they passed on a new show slated for fall. While I’ve been extremely vocal in my opposition to this show (despite the bullshit “too female” reason given for passing on it), the fact remains that I love this character, and wish more young people had the same experiences I did, going out on adventures with Nancy, Ned, Bess, and George.
Because I’m always looking for stupid things to do with my life, and because this renewed conversation about my favorite childhood hero ignited the fires of nostalgia deep within my soul, I’ve decided to bring you all on a mystery solving adventure … on Twitch. Starting next Friday, and for at least 2 hours a week until I either finish or go insane, I’m going to play through each of the Nancy Drew Mystery titles released by Her Interactive. These point and click games are about the only style of computer game I can guarantee won’t begin with my setting myself on fire (it’s happened), and the puzzle cracking, mystery solving format guarantees at least a level of outright hilarity as I fail to solve puzzles written for 12-year-olds.
But the best part? Each of the (so far) more than 30 titles in the game series is based on one or more books in the various Nancy Drew novel series. This means, not only can I entice streaming audiences with my video game ineptitude, and penchant for hilariously detailed character backstory creation and commentary, but I can build a pre-teen book club out of the deal, reading and discussing each of the novels as I play through their corresponding games.
So, have I convinced you to join me in my ridiculous adventures yet? The first game/book is Secrets Can Kill (Nancy Drew Files #1). If you’d like to follow along with the streaming adventures, you can join me on Twitch, and be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with all the announcements.