Nancy Drew remains happily unmarried after more than 66 years of literary existence. Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, daughter of Nancy Drew creator Charles S. Stratemeyer, and head of the Stratemeyer syndicate after her father's death in 1930, imposed a strict rule: none of the popular girls' series characters would marry. This edict, laid down in the mid-thirties, occurred after a well-loved heroine, Ruth Fielding, married, and the readership of Fielding books declined. The series was discontinued. According to Karen Plunkett Powell, author of The Nancy Drew Scrapbook (St. Martin's 1993), "Young girls reading these books were unwilling to trade mystery, suspense, and danger for marital bliss and career ambivalence. What the readers wanted most of all was the freedom their heroines enjoyed—uncluttered by domestic realities."


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