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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #8- Nancy Drew VERSUS Sam McGee


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Nancy Drew VERSUS The Hardy Boys), with a final score of 6-4 was Nancy Drew.

Some interesting comments and implications last week. Why is it that no one thinks it odd that some girls prefer the Hardy Boys to Nancy Drew but no boys are expected to prefer Nancy Drew? I had similar thoughts recently when thinking of Pixar and other Disney movies. Why is that no one considers the Pixar movies to be particularly "boy" movies (with the possible exception of Cars and the Incredibles) even though all the protagonists are male, yet all the princess movies are considered by most people to be "girl" movies?

Anyway, I've read exactly one Nancy Drew book and one Hardy Boys book. Who did I prefer? The Bobbsey Twins.

While you ponder what that says about me...

Vote in the comment section below before November 9th: Who is the better character?


9 comments:

pinksheepcafe said...

Sam McGee for sure!

Kate said...

Sam McGee! Despite having a much smaller body of works written about him, he is a much more engaging character than Nancy who (looking back as an adult) is very 2-dimensional.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sam McGee, because I can quote part of the poet but am sadly lacking in my ability to quote any Nancy Drew.

raidergirl3 said...

The Bobbsey Twins! oh, wait. I preferred the twins to Nancy or Hardy Boys as well.

Sam McGee - what a character!

Kyall said...

Sam McGee!!

Becky said...

Sam McGee

wollamshram said...

Without doubt, Sam McGee.

Melwyk said...

1. Sam McGee!

2. It is a very interesting question you've raised about the gender-based judgements of Pixar films & Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys. I feel the same about "women's fiction" as opposed to "all other (presumably REAL) fiction". Why is it only gendered if it is supposed to be a 'girl's' book, or movie, or anything else? It is a phenomenon I notice often -- I'm glad to see you mentioning it also.

Nicola said...

Sam McGee!