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#989124 - 11/18/14 06:33 PM Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew)
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I learned of this a few days ago via social media, and I then wrote to the company asking them why this decision was made. Nancy Drew #32, due out next May, entitled Sea of Darkness, will be the last time that Lani Minella will be doing the voice of Nancy Drew. Lani has posted via social media that she was "floored" by this decision and apparently did not know that they were planning on replacing her.

What follows is Her Interactive's response to my email:

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Thank you for taking the time to communicate your concerns to us as it relates to Lani Minella. We read every email, post, tweet, etc. from our fans and take all of their feedback very seriously. Please know that we always have the best interests of our fans in mind.

As clearly illustrated in your email, we understand the emotional connection that our fans have with Lani Minella and the impact that this decision will have on our fans. This was a very difficult decision for us and many factors played into this decision. Unfortunately, many of those reasons I am unable to share with you at this time but may eventually come to light later down the road. It’s too early for us to announce the new voice of Nancy Drew and provide additional details regarding this decision but we hope to provide more insight and reveal the new voice of Nancy Drew shortly. We appreciate your patience during this time.

You may have read some similar message on social media but we need to have a consistent message so that all fans understand where we are at this moment. It's not about copy/paste but rather being consistent when addressing this issue. We mean it when we say that Lani Minella will always be a part of the Her Interactive family and we will continue to enjoy a tremendous working relationship with her. We hope to maintain this fantastic creative partnership for many years to come albeit in a different capacity than in the past.

A core value of Her Interactive is to always show transparency, and this situation is no different. Again, we will update all our fans as soon as we can. Thank you for supporting Her Interactive and Nancy Drew games.

Sincerely,

Her Interactive


I thought that fans of the Nancy Drew games would be interested in this news and thus am posting about it here.

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#989130 - 11/18/14 06:47 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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Marian,

That is a sad thing. Nancy Drew adventure game is Lani Minella.
Lani also mentioned it in her FaceBook page.
Thanks for the information.

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#989133 - 11/18/14 07:04 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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I'm very saddened to. The two are one and the same.

Thanks Marian.

Ana wave
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#989136 - 11/18/14 07:11 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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According to one of Lani's tweets, Her Interactive needs to appeal to a larger audience and wants to try different things. I am quite upset with this decision (actually, a lot upset). It would be one thing if Lani had decided to withdraw from the series, but I can't begin to imagine why the company would think that removing her would be a good idea. I think they are nothing but fortunate for having had her doing the voice of Nancy Drew for such a long-running series (approximately 16 years). As MaG said, Lani Minella IS Nancy Drew.

I haven't read one post on any forum suggesting that anyone thinks this is a good idea. I have always been a big fan of Her Interactive, but when they tell me that they have the fans' best interests in mind, it rings rather hollow to me at the moment.

Very, very disappointing.

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#989141 - 11/18/14 07:33 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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I can't imagine a good reason to eliminate her. I think it will backfire.

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#989142 - 11/18/14 07:38 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: BrownEyedTigre]
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Originally Posted By: BrownEyedTigre
I can't imagine a good reason to eliminate her. I think it will backfire.

Ana wave


This is no doubt the most uncharitable thing I've ever said on this forum, but I would like to think that is true. They are getting lots of posts/comments, petitions, and emails about this, but it appears to be falling on deaf ears. sad

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#989145 - 11/18/14 08:12 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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Wow, this shocks me. After playing every game in the series I can't imagine hearing Nancy with a different voice. "It's Locked!" will never seem the same. I'm actually surprised how much this bothers me. She IS Nancy. This decision is not going to go over well. I seem to recall Her Interactive cutting the Nancy Drew/Dare to Play theme song from the game at some point and fans weren't happy, so it was put back in. That was nothing compared to this change. Not good.

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#989146 - 11/18/14 08:16 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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I would totally recommend that anyone bothered by this let them know!
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#989148 - 11/18/14 08:25 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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If it ain't broke, don't fix it!!!

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#989153 - 11/18/14 09:16 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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I pity the person they try to replace her with -- they'll be reamed.

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#989154 - 11/18/14 09:17 PM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Jenny100]
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Originally Posted By: Jenny100
I pity the person they try to replace her with -- they'll be reamed.


An unenviable position to be in, indeed.

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#989191 - 11/19/14 05:37 AM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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Doesn't make sense to change the voice of the main character for no good reason.
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#989198 - 11/19/14 07:24 AM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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It's probably something simple - like she asked for a raise.

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#989214 - 11/19/14 09:04 AM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Marian]
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Wow! What a shock. I can't imagine how this will effect my decision to play ND from now on. At the moment, I am inclined not to play in the future.

Interactive stated that she will remain in the company in some capacity...?????
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#989233 - 11/19/14 11:01 AM Re: Her Interactive replacing Lani Minella (voice of Nancy Drew) [Re: Kootsie]
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Tally Ho, money is sometimes the reason for such decisions, and that was my first thought too (it often explains the otherwise inexplicable). But I have heard that Lani does voices for free at times, and in this instance I'm not at all certain that this is the issue. I think there's something else going on.

Kootsie, I believe Her Interactive is suggesting that Lani might do voices in Nancy Drew games for lesser roles in the future, something which she has in fact already done. In past ND games, she has voiced other roles, including Freddie in White Wolf of Icicle Creek, a parrot, and several others. There is seemingly no voice that she cannot do - she has done voices for World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Diablo, you name it. If she wasn't so outstanding and so versatile, I would be less puzzled by this decision. It's hard to understand why the company would voluntarily throw away such an asset.

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