What are some of your favorite realization moments in Nancy Drew? Like plot twists or subtle lines that make you realize that a character is actually darker than they appear?
*to be completely honest, a some of these are theories that came from other posts. I didn’t ‘realize’ them on my own, but I do accept them.*
- Replaying CAP and noticing all the ways Anja edges you on- she doesn’t outright tell you all the horrible things about the monster. She pretends to hold back. She begins with “I shouldn’t be telling you this” because she knows that’s going to make Nancy want to know more and more and get engrossed in the story. She gives you advice and pretends to be your friend, just to gain your trust.
- Lori seems to be the stereotypical dumb blond through and through even at the end, but her desire for fame drove her to mastermind a plot to find a treasure for her, gather a bunch of detectives on a train and disappear.
- The note Kasumi left for her daughters that (when I played when I was younger) seemed oddly coincidental. Why would Kasumi leave her daughters a note saying she was afraid she’d “be leaving them sooner than she wanted to” ? At first I assumed it was just a plot device. Years later, I realized what it really was- A suicide note.
- The Banshee in HAU was in reality, an old woman that had been isolated from the world since childhood and raised by a hermit, receiving little education or care that left her demented. On the family tree in the bedroom you can see that Fiona marked a couple names that extend below her’s as dead. Either Fiona adopted crows and marked when they died on the tree, or she had children of her own who died.
- Ghost of Thornton Hall. That entire game. Where do I even begin? First there’s the whole Jackson incest theory that Clara’s father was actually her grandfather. Then there’s the whole thing how Jessalyn was born the same year Charlotte died, implying that Clara either recently had a baby or was really really pregnant the time she killed Charlotte (which is maybe why she knocked over the candles that set the house on fire). Or the fact that Jessalyn’s father, Austin Neely, isn’t around, but isn’t marked dead on the family tree (meaning he was probably an absent father and giving Clara more reasons to act crazy). The fact that its never explicitly stated whether Harper was sent to a bording school or a nut house. And the hauntings that can’t be explained by the furnace fumes, implying that Charlotte might actually be a real ghost. That whooole game.