ned nickerson

Am I the only one that...

Is it weird that I completely love it when we get, like, snippets of Nancy’s friends’ lives outside of Nancy and the “mystery world”? Like I loved hearing that the Hardy Boys were in business school (even ‘on the side’ as they put it) and George had a job and was doing things at the Technology of Tomorrow Institute (that we saw in SPY). And even as drawn out as Ned’s whole “I don’t have a life outside you” thing in CAP, in VEN he was doing research at a medical library and I TOTALLY WANTED MORE ON THAT. I LOVE hearing that they have lives and aspirations outside Nancy. I even excessively called Deirdre in DED because I just loved hearing her talk about all the things she was doing at college. It just makes them all sound… I don’t know, grown up? Even though the older games are my all time faves, this is like the main reason I love the really newest games too. It just feels more realistic that way? Someone please tell me I’m not alone in this I’ll love you for forever.

I used to read the Nancy Drew books as a kid, though I preferred Hardy Boys because they got to do more crazy stuff (because old-fashioned ideas about what’s ladylike and what girls can do meanwhile Joe Hardy has been given a concussion for the twelfth consecutive time but nahhhh he’s fine, he’s a dude. Right? Geez, that poor kid)

But when I did read the books, I remember thinking that Nancy’s boyfriend Ned was kind of a useless character. Like any time he showed up, I would be like “let’s see how many chapters end with Ned blacked out! this time!”
Kind of cynical for an eight year old I guess, but hey. I thought he was boring.

I can’t remember anymore. In the classic Nancy Drew books, did Ned ever do anything useful to the plot? Or was he just kind of an obligatory male character that Nancy kinda kept around for some reason?

ND Characters Ask Meme~
  • Nancy Drew: What happened to your mom?
  • Ned Nickerson: On a scale of 1 to 10, how worthless are you as a human being?
  • Frank Hardy: Have you ever been friend zoned?
  • Joe Hardy: What's the weirdest thing you own?
  • Bess Marvin: Who's your celebrity crush?
  • George Fayne: What's something that you are a complete nerd over?
  • Carson Drew: Do you ever wish that you could escape reality and become a golf ball?
  • Hannah Gruen: Do you have any "old person" tendencies?
  • What she says: I'm fine.
  • What she means: I really don't understand Nancy's letters at the end of the game. She always seems to write them when she solves the mystery, meaning right when she's about to go home, but that doesn't make sense for several reasons. First off, people tend not to write paper letters anymore. Most people will use email because letters are slow. Not to say that Nancy can't be old school, but if she's really writing these letters right when she finishes the mystery, before she goes home, chances are Nancy's going to hop on her plane, get to River Heights, and see Ned/Bess/Hannah/whomever in person long before the letter arrives, making the letter useless. Unless she gets home and her friends are like "Nancy, what happened with that case of yours?" and she's like "Well I have a letter explaining the whole thing heading to you in the mail, so you'll just have to wait and see!" I suppose there are a few cases where Nancy stays for a couple days after solving the mystery, so the letter would make a little sense in that case, but this is pretty rare. Second, there are a bunch of instances where Nancy talks about what happens in the aftermath with each of the characters. Mostly this is fine, sometimes she'll talk about what the person is doing months in the future. Like "______ moved here," or "______ got a new job," "_______ has been really successful," or whatever, and then she talks about how they're loving it, but like?? Nancy??? How long have you stuck around to know how their doing in their new job/home/relationship? I don't think she usually stays for months later so how would she know this information? Or is Nancy for some reason writing these letters from home, months after the mystery? But if this is the case, why write a letter at all when she is in the same town as the person it is addressed to? She could just tell them in person. No need to write a letter. Or even if she did, wouldn't her friends already know most of the letter's contents, assuming Nancy told them about the case? Third, all the letters where Nancy goes into great detail about things she uncovers in the mystery and then follows up with, "oh and by the way, all of this is top secret and I took an oath to never tell a living soul what I just told you, so maybe don't mention this to anyone else :)". She just gives her friends classified information like it's nothing. She doesn't even tell them in private, she just writes it down where anyone could later get their hands on it and read it. And don't even get me started about the photos Nancy sends her friends! Some of them are just awkward pictures of people from the case. So did Nancy just ask, "hey, can I take your picture to send to my boyfriend?" That's weird, Nancy! Or some are pictures of random objects. Does she think to herself, "Yeah, my housekeeper would really like to see this picture of this footprint I found"? And then of course there are the pictures where there would be no way Nancy could ever get the picture in the first place. Like pictures of the culprit smirking evily. Nancy would either have to get that picture before she solved the mystery, in which case why would they be smirking evily if they're still pretending to be good, or she would have to ask them to pose for the picture as they're being arrested or something. Then there are the pictures of the culprit doing something shady or actually committing some crime. If Nancy had a picture of that, she would have had the mystery solved long ago. Or she asked them to pose, which is pretty unlikely. All in all the letters just don't make sense and there are so many problems with them.

If the Nancy drew series was an anime I feel like Ned would wear classic schoolboy uniforms
Frank would have glasses and be “the hot nerd”
Joe is just… always shirtless… ?
Bess is the cutest w/blush all the time
George would be rocking a pixie cut
Deirdre always with that anime™ cleavage
Nancy doesn’t realize how many people are in love with her

Things About Ned Nickerson Everyone Should Know

*feel free to add* (Book Fact)

  • Full name is Edward Coleman Nickerson
  • Still lives with his parents
  • also basically lives at the Drew House
  • introduced in the seventh book
  • but really started dating Nancy between 7th and 8th
  • Nancy didn’t like him at first
  • In fact she thought he was a car thief
  • but then realized he was the nicest guy in the world
  • He has two best friends
  • Who date Bess and George
  • Burt was in SEA and is a complete dork(GF’s BF)
  • Dave is basically Adrien Agreste but 5 years older(minus sad rich kid)
  • learned how to fly an airplane to surprise Nancy
  • also once escaped a crazy kidnapper by flying a helicopter
  • Fought a lion for Nancy
  • loves ghost stories
  • and dancing
  • will basically go through hell with/because of Nancy
  • and be fine three minutes later
  • Togo loves him
  • Nancy once had a noxious gas induced dream where she and Ned turned to bird people and were flying
  • Ned’s dream(by the same noxious gas) was him as a knight riding a horse through a forest fighting dragons
  • Tells Dad Jokes
  • his lips turn blue when he’s scared
  • calls Nancy “Miss.Detective”
  • She in turn calls him “Mr.Detective”
  • He’s a camp counselor during the summer
  • is working for a degree in chemical engineering
  • has a special code with Nancy in case he gets kidnapped
  • he Can speak Chinese

Who should I do next?