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Categorizing the Casefiles
« on: March 23, 2009, 02:52:24 AM »
Just for the fun of it, I thought I'd categorize every Casefile by the type of story they are. I'm going to try to keep the number of story "types" or "categories" as small as possible. I'd like all your input, since I haven't read all the Casefiles - and what would be the point of posting this here if everybody didn't join in?

So far I've got the following categories. We'll probably need more, so post your ideas below. Again, though, keep in mind I'd like to keep the amount of types/categories as low as possible.

Network vs. Assassins: I think the name is pretty self explanatory. This category is for any story that revolves around the battle between The Network and the Assassins. Stories in this category, will also, often feature a sup-plot or even mean plot line involving the death of Iola, and it's after math. In fact you could say "Iola stories" is a subcategory of the "Network vs. Assassins" category. The most obvious example of a "Network vs. Assassins story" would, of course, be Dead on Target - the first of them all! Other prime examples are The Lazarus Plot and the Ring of Evil Trilogy.

Personal: Most of the time the Hardys are just solving other people's problems, but not in these stories! "Personal stories" are about, well, that get personal. Dead on Target is definitely a Personal story, but since I've categorized it with the Network/Assassins stories, I'm not going to include it here. Often Network/Assassins stories can fit in this category, because of the Iola plotlines. It's just depends on what category you feel the story belongs in more...let the debates begin! Examples of Personal stories are Brother Against Brother and Witness to Murder.

Classic: These stories are classic, because they're like the Original series, in that the Hardys are just solving a mystery for a client/friend etc, as opposed to the Personal stories, listed above. Also Classic stories usually (but not always) have the Hardys working alone, rather then working with an organization. I think The Deadliest Dare is one of the best examples of a Classic story.

Again, I'd like all the in-put I can get, so, please, post your suggestions and comments. Have fun!

Note: Lets try to keep this thread spoiler free...like I said, I haven't read all the Casefiles. If you feel the need to post a spoiler, however, to make a point or something, please, give us a warning.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 03:57:19 AM »
Network vs. Assassins
Dead on Target (#1)
The Lazarus Plot (#4)
Trouble in the Pipeline (#26)
Ring of Evil (#77-79)
Dead of Night (#80)
True Thriller (#100)
Law of the Jungle (#105)

Personal
Edge of Destruction (#5)
Brother Against Brother (#11)
A Killing In The Market (#18)
Witness to Murder (#20)
Double Exposure (#22)
Operation Phoenix (#65-67)
Blood Money (#32)
Danger Zone (#37)
Flesh And Blood (#39)

Classic
Evil, Inc. (#2)
Cult of Crime (#3)
The Crowning Terror (#6)
The Genius Thieves (#9)
The Borgia Dagger (#13)
The Number File (#17)
Street Spies (#21)
Disaster for Hire (#23)
Scene Of The Crime (#24)
The Deadliest Dare (#30)
Highway Robbery (#41)
Mayhem in Motion (#69)
Real Horror (#71)
The Emperor's Shield (#119)

On the fence
Deathgame (#7) - Personal or Classic?
See No Evil (#8) - Personal or Classic?
Nightmare In Angel City - Personal or Classic?
The Borderline Case (#25) - Netwrok vs. Assassins or Classic?
Beyond The Law (#55) - Personal or Classic?

New category?
Books like Evil, Inc. (#2) and The Crowning Terror (#6) may not fit into any of the three categories, above.

Modify/add to this, or make your own list.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 01:08:24 PM »
I'll just do the first 30 for right now.

Network Vs. Assassins
#1 Dead On Target
#2 Evil Inc. (note: the Assassins don't appear in this book, but the Network does play a strong role in getting the Hardy's involved in the mystery)
#4 The Lazarus Plot
#10 Hostages of Hate (could also fall into Personal, since Callie Shaw is heavily involved in this Network/Assassin story)
#14 Too Many Traitors
#26 Trouble In The Pipeline

Personal
#3 Cult of Crime (note: the Gray Man and the Network do make a cameo appearance in this book, but not enough to change the plot into a Network story)
#5 Edge of Destruction (could also be classed as a Classic
#6 The Crowning Terror (could also be classed as a Classis
#7 Deathgame
#11 Brother Against Brother
#12 Perfect Getaway
#17 The Number File
#19 Nightmare In Angel City
#21 Street Spies
#23 Disaster For Hire (could also be classed as Classic)
#25 The Borderline Case
#27 Nowhere to Run

Classic
#8 See No Evil
#9 The Genius Thieves
#13 The Borgia Dagger
#15 Blood Relations
#16 Line Of Fire
#18 A Killing In The Market (could also be classed as Personal)
#20 Witness to Murder (could be classed as Personal)
#22 Double Exposure (could be classed as Personal)
#24 Scene Of The Crime
#28 Countdown To Terror
#29 Thick As Thieves
#30 Deadliest Dare
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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 03:28:56 PM »
Good idea! The categories chosen are just right too. I like it.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009, 03:35:02 PM »
Tom, how are The Number File, Street Spies, Disaster For Hire, and The Borderline Case more personal then A Killing in the Market, Witness to Murder, and Double Exposure?

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In both A Killing in the Market, and Witness to Murder, a Hardy is suspected of murder. And in Double Exposure someone claims to be their brother. All pretty Personal, IMO.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2009, 06:26:57 PM »
Network Vs. Assassins
#1 Dead On Target
#2 Evil Inc. (note: the Assassins don't appear in this book, but the Network does play a strong role in getting the Hardy's involved in the mystery)
#4 The Lazarus Plot
#10 Hostages of Hate (could also fall into Personal, since Callie Shaw is heavily involved in this Network/Assassin story)
#14 Too Many Traitors
#26 Trouble In The Pipeline
#47 Flight Into Danger
#100 True Triller
#105 Law Of The Jungle

Personal
#3 Cult of Crime (note: the Gray Man and the Network do make a cameo appearance in this book, but not enough to change the plot into a Network story)
#5 Edge of Destruction (could also be classed as a Classic
#6 The Crowning Terror (could also be classed as a Classis
#7 Deathgame
#11 Brother Against Brother
#12 Perfect Getaway
#17 The Number File
#19 Nightmare In Angel City
#21 Street Spies
#23 Disaster For Hire (could also be classed as Classic)
#25 The Borderline Case
#27 Nowhere to Run
#OP Trilogy

Classic
#8 See No Evil
#9 The Genius Thieves
#13 The Borgia Dagger
#15 Blood Relations
#16 Line Of Fire
#18 A Killing In The Market (could also be classed as Personal
#20 Witness to Murder
#22 Double Exposure
#24 Scene Of The Crime
#28 Countdown To Terror
#29 Thick As Thieves
#30 Deadliest Dare
#91 Hot Wheels

Awfull
These are the ones considered to be the worst, with absolutly no one who likes the books. These four are the only ones that fit into this catogory.
#60 Deadfall
#87 Deadman In Deadwood
#114 Cave Trap
#120 Survival Of The Fittest






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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2009, 06:43:55 PM »
I don't think they're should be a "Awfull" story - lots of topics have rated the Casefiles by how "good" or "bad" they are. This is different.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2009, 09:13:34 AM »
Casefiles 31-60.

Network vs.Assassins
#56 Height Of Danger



Personal
#32 Blood Money
#35 Dead Season
#37 Danger Zone
#38 Diplomatic Deceit
#39 Flesh and Blood
#47 Flight Into Danger
#55 Beyond The Law (could also be classed as Classic)
#60 Deadfall



Classic
#31 Without A Trace
#33 Collision Course
#34 Final Cut
#36 Running On Empty
#40 Fright Wave
#41 Highway Robbery
#42 The Last Laugh
#43 Strategic Moves
#44 Castle Fear
#45 In Self-Defense
#46 Foul Play
#48 Rock 'N' Revenge
#49 Dirty Deeds
#50 Power Play
#51 Choke Hold
#52 Uncivil War
#53 Web Of Horror
#54 Deep Trouble
#57 Terror On Track
#58 Spiked!
#59 Open Season

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2009, 12:10:04 PM »
I am wondering about "sports", "pop culture", and "environmental" categories.  Or perhaps Bayport, US, Non-US categories.  Oh, there are so many directions one might go with the categorization process.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2009, 04:44:00 AM »
Go ahead and make up the list, SkyWarp! LOL! I'm interested in seeing everybody's.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2009, 10:42:14 AM »
I am wondering about "sports", "pop culture", and "environmental" categories.  Or perhaps Bayport, US, Non-US categories.  Oh, there are so many directions one might go with the categorization process.

Well, I know that if you did a sports category, Collision Course, Spiked! & Hot Wheels could go in that one, but then Hot Wheels could also go under the Environmental category along with Toxi Revenge.  Non-US would have to include Countdown To Terror & Strategic Moves
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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2009, 05:11:41 PM »
Why not a Misc. catagory?

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2009, 09:43:27 AM »
Casefiles 61-127

Network Vs. Assassins
#76 Ring Of Evil #1 Tagged For Terror
#77 Ring Of Evil #2 Survival Run
#78 Ring Of Evil #3 The Pacific Conspiracy
#80 Dead Of Night (could also be classified as Personal)
#100 True Thriller
#108 Blown Away
#126 Fire In The Sky
Best of Enemies (SuperMystery'88) (Network only story, no Assassins)
Islands of Intrigue
Operation: Titanic
The Alien Factor (Hardy Boys/Tom Swift Ultra Thriller)

Personal
#62 Final Gambit
#63 Cold Sweat
#67 Lethal Cargo
#69 Mayhem In Motion
#79 Danger Unlimited
#84 False Alarm
#85 Winner Take All
#89 Darkness Falls
#90 Deadly Engagement
#91 Hot Wheels
#95 Illegal Procedure
#97 Pure Evil
#99 Frame-Up
#103 Campaign of Crime
#105 Law of the Jungle
#106 Shock Jock
#114 Clean Sweep
#117 Blood Sport (aka Duel with Death)
#118 The Last Leap
#119 The Emperor's Shield
#120 Survival of the Fittest
#121 Absolute Zero
#122 River Rats
#123 High-Wire Act
#124 The Viking's Revenge
#125 Stress Point
Shock Waves (SuperMystery'88)
Mystery Train
High Survival
Tropic Of Fear
Passport To Danger
Danger Down Under
Dead On Arrival
High Stakes
Nightmare In New Orleans
Exhibition of Evil
Royal Revenge



Classic
#61 Grave Danger
#64 Operation: Phoenix #1 Endangered Species
#65 Operation: Phoenix #2 No Mercy
#66 Operation: Phoenix #3 The Phoenix Equation
#68 Rough Riding
#70 Rigged For Revenge
#71 Real Horror
#72 Screamers
#73 Bad Rap
#74 Road Pirates
#75 No Way Out
#81 Sheer Terror
#82 Poisoned Paradise
#83 Toxic Revenge
#86 Virtual Villainy
#87 Deadman In Deadwood
#88 Inferno of Fear
#92 Sabotage at Sea
#93 Mission: Mayhem
#94 A Taste For Terror
#96 Against All Odds
#98 Murder By Magic
#101 Peak Of Danger
#102 Wrong Side Of The Law (could also be considered a Personal)
#104 Wild Wheels
#107 Fast Break
#109 Moment of Truth
#110 Bad Chemistry
#111 Competitive Edge
#112 Cliff-Hanger
#113 Sky High
#115 Cave Trap
#116 Acting Up
#127 Dead In The Water
Double Crossing (SuperMystery'88)
A Crime For Christmas
Dangerous Games
The Last Resort
The Paris Connection
Buried In Time
New Year's Evil
Tour Of Danger
Spies and Lies
Courting Disaster
Hits and Misses
Evil In Amsterdam
Desperate Measures
Hollywood Horror
Copper Canyon Conspiracy
Target For Terror
Secrets of the Nile
A Question of Guilt
Murder On The 4th of July
Out of Control
At All Costs
Process Of Elimination
Time Bomb (Hardy Boys/Tom Swift Ultra Thriller)
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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2009, 01:13:41 PM »
I am wondering about "sports", "pop culture", and "environmental" categories.  Or perhaps Bayport, US, Non-US categories.  Oh, there are so many directions one might go with the categorization process.

What about combining "sports" and "pop culture" to make an "entertainment" category? An "environmental" category sounds good.

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Re: Categorizing the Casefiles
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2009, 05:22:32 PM »
What about combining "sports" and "pop culture" to make an "entertainment" category? An "environmental" category sounds good.

Combining the two is probably a good idea.