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Haunted (Hardy Boys Undercover Brothers: Super Mystery)
Add To Cart. Return of the Fallen. Add To Cart 0. The Killer Bear - eBook. Angel Academy: The Road of the Watchers. Related Products. Melody Carlson. Carolyn Keene. Have a question about this product? Of course, there was no Franklin W. He was merely a house name for a long, long string of rotating authors working for the syndicate, a kind of literary sweatshop, working from supplied plot outlines, and following some strict guidelines: -- low death rates, as many action verbs as possible and a ban on kissing.
Supposedly, Edward Stratemeyer discreetly scheduled his appointments so writers would not bump into or recognize one other. In fact, although the syndicate took credit for the house name of Franklin W. Dixon, the actual writer of the first sixteen novels for a flat rate of a eighty-five -- and later a hundred -- bucks apiece was Canadian novelist Leslie McFarlane, who named Dixon after two of his brothers, Frank and Wilmot, who was also known as Dick hence, both the W.
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Not that the books were high literature to begin with, but starting in , the first thirty-eight stories were revised and somewhat abridged gutted, bowlderized, bleached of colour and white-washed are other terms that come to mind much to the dismay of long-time Hardy fans. Revisions ranged from slight tinkering to, in some cases, completely new stories.
Perhaps it was all well-intentioned, but it was basically literary castration. The stories were reduced in length, had out-of-date prose updated "roadsters" became "cars," "chums" became "friends," stuff like that and had racial stereotypes okay, maybe those should go removed.
But the slam-bang action and danger-packed, thrill-a-minute atmosphere of the original stories was also too often replaced by annoyingly cautious, overly polite, non-offensive prose. Hey, these were supposed to be pulp! Even at the wee age of twelve or so, back at the dawn of time early seventies , my and my pals were outraged when we discovered that the old dust-coverless "brown" editions our older brothers and cousins passed down to us and the new, blue-spined editions we received as birthday or Christmas gifts often had very little to do with each other.
The subsequent, toned-down versions were certainly read -- all the boys in our Grade Six class at St.
Stephen's were in a rush to read them all. But it was the older, brown editions many actually written by Canadian author McFarlane, though we didn't know it at the time that were much sought after and passed a round.
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But, whether you read the originals, or the new, good-for-you revisions, or ended up like me reading a mixture of the two, you probably can look back with fond memories to the crotchety rantings of mother-figure spinster Aunt Gertrude; Chet Morton, the boy's plump, good-natured, constantly-eating best friend, his sister Iola, Joe's occasional romantic interest who unexpectedly and rather inexplicably gets blown to smithereens in The Hardy Boys Casefiles 1: Dead On Target in ! And on it goes. In the boys were re-imagined and re-introduced to yet another generation of young readers as "Undercover Brothers," special undercover operatives for a clandestine American government agency called ATAC American Tenns Against Crime in a new series of books and manga-style graphic novels.
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Stratemeyer began his career writing dime novels, and actually wrote several of them under the name of Jim Bowie well, Jim wasn't using it, having been killed at the Alamo and all Upon his death, his daughter took over his company. Pretty much paralled the cartoon, with the boys and their chums as a traveling rock band. Imagine Scooby Doo as written by Franklin W.
A supposedly hard-boiled take on the perennial kids' reads, as they return to their pulpy roots well, sorta. Nancy femme fatales it up a little Ooh! It's being billed as "a twisting, hard-boiled tale, complete with double-crosses, deceit and dames We'll see In this Saturday morning cartoon, a low budget Filmation production, the Boys use their way-groovy rock band think the Archies or the Monkees as a front to travel around the country in a souped-up Rolls-Royce investigating mysteries.
About as groovy and bad as it sounds, although the music is --surprise, surprise -- better than expected, in a bubblegummy pop sorta way. This little-seen Canadian production took a more light-hearted look at Frank and Joe all grown up. Or at least a bit. Frank is a reporter, but Joe's still in college, apparently majoring in hacking. Dad's in Europe, leaving the boys to run the house.
As some horrified Puritains discovered, Frank and Joe are indeed adults now. Ambitious first stab at the Stratemeyer story, though at times infuriating, as it cleaves far too closely to the corporate line. There are gaps in the story you could drive a speedster through.
Wirt, the people who actually wrote the first Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, and indeed most of the actual authors of the books, are conspicuously absent. The biography of Leslie McFarlane, originally a journalist from northern Ontario, who penned the first 16 books of the famous Hardy Boys series under the pseudonym Franklin W. Dixon, while dreaming of writing the Great Canadian novel.
Hoff, a lifetime fan of Franklin W.
Dixon and the Hardy Boys, was apparently appalled by the way the series had been turned into bland, vanilla pap and decided to write a "real" Hardy Boys novel, capturing the flavour of the "original What if Franklin W. Bob Finnan's tribute to everyone's favourite Bayporters. Make no mistake -- Bob's a true believer. This site features fan fiction based on the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and other teen detective series.
They also have some stories featuring original characters based on the Hardy Boys genre, and an active moderated message board where they discuss the Hardy Boys, fan fiction and just about anything else they can think of. Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith , with a tip of the hat to R. And thanks to Steve Bridge for the hot lead on a great site. Copyright , thrillingdetective.
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