I grew up reading The Hardy Boys stories from the early 50's. Never as good as the covers, the books with numbingly memorable heroes and villains were a staple of every adolescent boy's reading in that era.
My favorite cover, and because of that, my favorite book, was The Missing Chums. I related to The Hardy Boys because of the danger the boys found themselves in -- which was not much, but enough to be fun. Reading the series as a kid, I never imagined that I might one day create my own version of The Hardy Boys.
In 1994, with my cast of four weimaraner stars, I set my mind to work on stories set in Rangeley Maine. The Hardy Boys become The Hardly Boys in my film Hardly Gold, starring sisters Batty and Crooky. Hardly boys, they are girls and dogs. Sequels in print and film were planned but not completed...yet.