Title: Legend of the Unsolved Mystery Author: Karianasan
Source: Scooby Doo & A Pup Named Scooby Doo Rating: K
Character(s): Mystery Inc. & Parents Genre(s): Humor / Mystery
Chapter(s): 7 Status: Complete
Author’s Synopsis: The gang comes together for Christmas. With family around, they recall the story of the Red String and the only Unsolved Mystery the gang has ever faced. COMPLETE! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Welcome Readers, it’s the end of the work week and oh man, everyone is truly feeling the holidays. There are holiday parties, shopping to be done, lots of food to make, etc. I thought that I would unwind a bit with story that played to my nostalgia; take me back to a simpler time when I didn’t have to worry about my bank account and try to juggle events with family and friends. Scooby Doo definitely fit that bill.
I always enjoyed the cartoon as a child and the spin-off cartoons like A Pup Named Scooby Doo. It was great watching this group get pulled into mysteries and watch them collect clues, set up a final trap, and ultimately capture the baddy. It didn’t matter that some of the mysteries were hooky and the motivations were lackluster; it was just fun. That was what I needed this week and I found it in “Legend of the Unsolved Mystery.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am your reviewing host, the Fan Fic Reviewer; here to review the good, the bad, and those that should never exist in fan fiction. I actually wish this story was an episode of either Scooby Doo or A Pup Named Scooby Doo. The story hits all the right notes in terms of creating a Christmas mystery, creating a plan, and the interaction between the Mystery Inc. children. Bravo story!
The story has the gang and their families gathered together for Christmas at the Blake cabins and the group – parents – recant the events of a Christmas from when Mystery Inc. were children. The kids hatched a plan to catch Santa and demand answers from him; not unmask him. After all, why is this guy coming into strangers’ homes and laying out presents? How is he getting in? Is he an alien?
This story screams Christmas, not just because it’s Christmas Eve and they’re planning to catch Santa red handed, but the atmosphere, the interactions, and the components for their trap. It’s all Christmas! The parents play games – Monopoly and cards – while the children play Operation; Daphne catches Fred’s dad in her parents’ room closing the closet and he has to cover that he was hiding presents. When the kids decide to use Velma’s trap, they need to collect the components by finding some of the craft supplies used to create some decorations and steal parts from store bought decor. It’s cute and helps maintain the holiday atmosphere of the story.
The plan is simple – tie bells to a thread and connect the thread to the trees then when Santa comes to put out the presents he’ll hit the thread and the bells will ring, awaking the kids. Maybe the plan is a little too simple given Mystery Inc. but it works for young children. I think Fred’s plan of making a pressure plate that would sound an alarm in the kid’s room when Santa put the presents under the tree would’ve been doable – especially with Velma’s intellect – but the simple plan of thread and bells works too. Especially because Fred’s the only one truly gung-ho about capturing Santa while Velma and Daphne just want to ask a few questions and Shaggy wants his Easy Bake Oven refills.
Finally, the true charm of this story is the kids; it stays very true to their characters in A Pup Named Scooby Doo. Scooby and Shaggy both have food on their brains and are easily distracted by its presence. Fred is the conspiracy theorist of the group and tries to act like the grown up – like when he tries to act nonchalant while trying to gather bells. Velma is definitely the most accurate – quiet but smart. Unlike Fred or Shaggy, when she was trying to gather bells she let her natural curiosity drive the parents to give her the bells she needed. Daphne is ever resourceful, calling forth Jenkins when she can no longer try to find the thread without arousing the parents’ suspicions.
Their interactions are very similar to the ones in A Pup Named Scooby Doo where Fred will see a mystery and connect it back to conspiracy theory while Daphne and Velma reign him in. Daphne telling him that it’s not true and Velma pointing out the merits of the mystery but not the conspiracy link. Shaggy and Scooby are uninterested in catching the person – this time because he doesn’t want to screw up his chances to get those Easy Bake Oven refills – and suggest to let it go. It’s spot on.
Finally, I like that the story brings this entire thing around 360° at the end. After recanting the story and jogging the gang’s memories, Daphne finds the ball of yarn they had used – confirming the story – and the gang share how they eventually found out the truth about Santa. However, Shaggy’s last example ends up igniting the suspicion that Santa is real. It’s a nice cliffhanger.
Overall, this story is a great one for the holidays. It has the Christmas theme down, it’s fun children’s narrative with Mystery Inc., and it wraps up nicely. I definitely recommend this one for Readers looking for something to read during the holiday season.