Get Ready For A Modern, Non-White Nancy Drew

New TV show promises diverse adventures

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

One of the smartest and empowered women in literature, Nancy Drew, is getting a makeover. Millions of girls have grown up reading the adventures of the 18-year-old detective and now, those stories are coming to television. Drew promises a modern take on the classic sleuth and get this: she’s not going to be white.

According to Variety, the pilot centers around “a diverse, 30-something title character. A more mature version than the classic story, Nancy is now detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.” 

According to the President of CBS, the network behind the show, Nancy will not be Caucasian. It’s not known whether she’ll be African-American, Latino, Asian or another ethnicity.

The original Nancy Drew books were notoriously homogenous. The character first appeared in 1930, so people of color--when even featured at all--were relegated to roles like servants or fetishized stereotypes. This update is a breath of fresh air for fans of the girl detective everywhere.

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