I read over 100 Hardy Boys books when I was a kid and I can't remember a plot or story from a single one of them. I know that one of them had something to do with the game Dungeons & Dragons, but that's all I retain from those hours spent up reading all night. Before I was a teenager the Hardy Boys Casefiles came out. If you didn't have the pleasure of reading them, they were the stories where the Hardy Boys got legit. In the first 100 books no one ever got hurt. And then in book 1 of the Casefiles, Joe's girlfriend gets blown up and the Hardy Boys get into a big shootout. It was a revelation to me, it would be like if you watched a new episode of Scooby Doo and Wilma got stabbed by a ghost.