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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2010, 12:55:42 AM »
I've read all of The Three Investigators Crimebusters and thought they were great. Though, yes- they were obviously at least inspired by The Hardy Boys Casefiles.
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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #31 on: June 26, 2010, 01:47:27 AM »
The Crimebusters were made by the same people who made the Casefiles, so I wouldn't say it's a ripoff.

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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #32 on: June 26, 2010, 03:37:18 PM »
The Crimebusters were made by the same people who made the Casefiles, so I wouldn't say it's a ripoff.
http://www.threeinvestigatorsbooks.com/Lynds2.html
"JM:  We note the format changes between the original series to the Crimebusters series: the page count for Crimebusters seems to have gone down, and the format of the books is very consistent no matter who the author is.

    GL:  It was very consistent.  As you will see in the bible, we were given the size of the page that we had to put on our computer, the number of chapters, and so forth.

    The format changes were a marketing decision.  Random House analyzed the "Hardy Boys" older series.  They figured out the elements that went into that, and they tried to duplicate it while adding a 3Is spin."

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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #33 on: June 30, 2010, 01:54:52 PM »
I haven't read them or heard of them before. If they are like the Hardy Boys, I would certainly check them out. I will always love the Hardys more...but there is room for both. :)
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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #34 on: June 30, 2010, 03:27:00 PM »
The original Three Investigators is a really good series. A better detective series than The Hardy Boys, I have to admit.

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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #35 on: June 30, 2010, 08:47:08 PM »
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I haven't read them or heard of them before. If they are like the Hardy Boys, I would certainly check them out. I will always love the Hardys more...but there is room for both. 
Oh, they're definitely both great! I love The Hardy Boys and I love The Three Investigators! (and some other literary detective heroes too for that matter). 8)
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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #36 on: July 08, 2010, 12:27:22 AM »
The original Three Investigators is a really good series. A better detective series than The Hardy Boys, I have to admit.

Very interesting! I understand you are emphasizing the detective aspect of the Investigators as being superior to the Hardys. However, I don't know if I would like them better overall. I suppose a trip to the library is in order. :)

Oh, they're definitely both great! I love The Hardy Boys and I love The Three Investigators! (and some other literary detective heroes too for that matter). 8)

Hopefully I will also feel that way. :)
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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #37 on: July 30, 2010, 05:45:11 PM »
Okay, I know I'm late but I thought I'd share too. hehe

That's the problem. S&S doesn't seem to realize that The Hardy Boys are classics, and the Undercover Brothers are trying too hard to be cool, rather then trying to be good, long lasting stories. In 50 years people won't be reading the UB, they'll be reading the Originals and maybe the Casefiles, too.

I sadly think you're right. It's frustrating to watch such a lack of quality and honestly respect for what the Hardy Boys are. I do enjoy reading the UB stories -- at least some of the older ones. I haven't read the later ones. I think they nailed some of the humor from the older books I missed in the Casefiles but there's such lack of plots and substance. I've been disappointed. The most saddening thing about the whole series is what will be left for HB? I know they've had lackluster series before but it's still difficult. I'm not sure how popular they are. I just worry what will happen to them.

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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #38 on: July 30, 2010, 10:53:03 PM »
I'm pretty sure no matter what version of The Hardy Boys it is, as long as it's making money, it'll keep getting printed. No company lets go of a franchise like that that has been a money-maker for 83 years and counting.
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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #39 on: August 13, 2010, 10:03:18 PM »
I don't doubt that but it saddens me with the quality as lackluster. Eventually, I just wonder if the effort will be continued to produce especially if the lack of quality leads many fans turned off by newer versions. I don't know honestly. I think they will be or at least hope so but it stinks to watch sometimes.

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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #40 on: October 03, 2010, 08:48:15 PM »
I don't know why they can't get their acts together either. I am sure they are trying to see what kids are into nowadays and work with that but it changes so frequently. First it's vampires then it's silly animal shaped rubberbands, and then who knows what? The Hardy Boys are classics and originals. They shouldn't need to conform to the popular trend of the moment. They are failing because this is what they are trying to do. On store shelves I see a lot of ORIGINAL blue spines and maybe a few older UBs that haven't sold. Why is that?? It's because the originals will always be better than lukewarm misrepresentations.

Great way of putting it.

And LOL at you and MacGyver's convo on the other page :D

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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #41 on: October 19, 2010, 01:45:47 AM »
Thanks Olivia! And yeah we had fun with that!! lol

I found a blog from a year ago that someone was writing while they read some of the digests and such....I thought I would share....

http://hardyboysdigests.blogspot.com/
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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #42 on: October 19, 2010, 02:15:32 PM »
I've seen that blog once before- some amusing reviews of some of the later Digests and early Undercover Brothers titles. Some get a bit risque, but it's pretty funny overall.
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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #43 on: October 20, 2010, 02:33:56 AM »
Yeah, that's a good blog.

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Re: Why have the UBs not been canceled yet?
« Reply #44 on: October 22, 2010, 04:35:28 PM »
It seems to be quite outdated. Anyone want to start a new one? :)
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