Posted on 06/08/2018 at 03:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Kaite Welsh probably wasn’t the only person bracing for a backlash against a reimagined Nancy Drew series.

The New Nancy Drew Mystery Stories— set to be released this month — are graphic novels in which George is gay (with a black girlfriend, even) and Bess isn’t white. 

They follow similar retellings of Little Women and Pride and Prejudice, not to mention the years of discussion, speculation, and revelations about characters in the Harry Potter series.

Yet to those who cry political correctness, Welsh has a response: Take a look around you.

As writers’ rooms and publishers become filled with the very people the books previously ignored, the product starts to look different as well.

And what happens when a product includes people you relate to?

You consume that product ... and either revitalize it or straight-up save it from fading into obscurity.