This is just a great moment for me. I love that Nancy Drew has somehow become an insult for some people. Like a story is somehow lesser for being close to Nancy Drew and her series. I’m sorry. Nancy Drew was a HBIC and she knew it. She grew up without a mother, with a lawyer father who encouraged her independance in the 1930’s. The original series has her as a 16 year old running around solving mysteries.
And you know what, I would take Nancy’s insights anyday. The girl is pretty much a prodigy in the original canon, she studied psychology in high school, she helps people and never once accepts monetary compensation despite the fact that it probably cost a lot of money, and as Castle mentions she “solved every case”. She’s a good person who does good things.
The only reason I can think that a person like Sorenson would use this as an insult is because she’s a young woman. Nevermind that she’s super talented and really good at what she does. Castle’s comback is more than a “she solved every case”. He’s challenging the statement. He sees Nancy Drew as a capable young woman, albeit a fictional one. You don’t see people taking a stab at the Hardy Boys despite them being just as popular and sold right alongside those classic bright yellow covers. I don’t know what else to call it than blatant misogyny on the part of Sorenson. He wrongfully uses a female sleuth and hopes that it strikes Castle the wrong way. AND IT BACKFIRES.
Nancy Drew and Miss Marple are the epitome of the female amateur sleuth that makes up the vast majority of the Cozy Mystery genre. If you’re going to use Nancy Drew as an insult, you’re better off not saying it to a mystery author who likely read those books to his daughter growing up, thinking that a woman like Nancy was just the kind of influence he would have wanted Alexis to have.
Edward Stratemeyer sees your misogyny and raises you one independent HBIC who will solve the case before you can say River Heights.