This past holiday weekend, my husband and I settled down to play the latest Nancy Drew adventure game, The Silent Spy, the 29th installment in the computer game series by Her Interactive. We are hard-core Nancy Drew fans (I grew up on the book series, as well as related spin-off series like The Nancy Drew Case Files), and we look forward to playing each new computer game together. This latest game release is set in Scotland and involves a highly affecting backstory about Nancy’s deceased mother, Kate. We both enjoyed The Silent Spy, especially as it had so many elements right up my husband’s alley: Scotland, clan tartans, old coins, archery, the “Samantha Quick” tie-in (you have to be a longtime fan and player of the computer game series to get this reference), etc.
But what does this have to do with librarians? I was surprised — very pleasantly so! — that a librarian reference was worked into a phone conversation between Nancy and her father, Carson Drew (he’s a lawyer and protective single father). This conversation occurred about 2/3 of the way into the game, with Carson continuing to urge Nancy to stay safe and return home as quickly as possible. Here’s how this specific conversation begins:
Nancy is quite surprised at Carson’s suggestion of a career change! The conversation concludes:
What I love about this: Carson Drew (or rather, the game writers) know about library science. Score! And he recognizes us as “the world’s unsung heroes”? ♥ LOVE ♥ (But pssst, Carson, you might want to check out The Librarian TV movie trilogy. That’s one reel librarian who DOES get himself involved in all sorts of adventures, and I’m pretty sure Flynn “The Librarian” Carsen has found himself kidnapped a time or two… )
But I digress … Nancy Drew as a librarian? Gotta say, Nancy Drew would be an AWESOME librarian. Am I right or what?! Her ability to recognize patterns and organize information would definitely be put to good use as a librarian. As would her lifelong quest to ask questions and find out info relevant to whatever adventure she is currently pursuing. Plus, in the games, Nancy is always seeking out books to read up on whatever topics are relevant to the game’s backstory and puzzles; for example, in The Silent Spy, we (through Nancy) get to read about clan tartans, Mary Queen of Scots, the history and construction of bagpipes, as well as different kinds of archery bows.
For librarians — especially those of us who work with the public at the Reference Desk, like yours truly — every day holds the promise of learning something new, every day is like a scavenger hunt, every day is an opportunity to hunt down useful information. So there actually are quite a few similarities between detectives and librarians, however much our tools in trade and work locales may differ. And similar to private detectives, our job is to locate relevant info as efficiently and seamlessly (read: quietly) as possible.
Unsung heroes, y’all. Carson Drew, YOU are my hero. ♥
And if you’re interested in learning more about The Silent Spy, click here for more info, including character profiles, trailers, screenshots, and reviews.
- The Quotable Librarian (reel-librarians.com)
- Her Interactive Releases Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy (virtual-strategy.com)
- Haunted Nancy Drew: Haunted Mansion (autigergirl74.wordpress.com)
- I Killed Nancy Drew… Again (standinginthestorm.wordpress.com)
- Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy (en.wikipedia.org)