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Thursday, July 7

The (Modern) Hardy Boys

BAR EXAM STUDY BREAK: If you were a fan of The Hardy Boys Series as a lad, you will doubtless get a chuckle now from This Piece from today's McSweeney's. It is a rejection letter from the publisher concerning a Hardy Boys' manuscript for The Case of the Secret Meth Lab. Some highlights:
Page 42: While it is important to end each chapter with a cliffhanger, we don't think Joe pacing outside the bathroom door while his girlfriend, Callie, uses a First Response pregnancy test is consistent with the Hardy Boys formula. And he certainly shouldn't be muttering under his breath about doubts that it's even his.
And for the Nancy Drew fans:
Page 60: We encourage including Nancy Drew in the adventure as it represents great cross-marketing with our other adventure series. We would think it goes without saying, however, that she would not have, nor even contemplate, surgical enhancement. Please delete all references to her "killer rack."


  • I freakin love the Hardy Boys. And Nancy did have a nice rack.

    By Anonymous Micah P., at 7/07/2005 3:38 PM  

  • I was always a Matt Christopher fan myself. I read one Hardy Boy's book and thought they were a bunch of smug bastards and vowed to never read one of their books again.

    I wish the modern Hardy boys had been around when I read children and young adult fiction.

    By Anonymous Mark, at 7/09/2005 4:41 PM  

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