Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret" coming to to big screen


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/18/judy-blumes-are-you-there.html


Holy fucksocks, getting older sucks.

That said, this is a good thing.


We can hope that she lives as long as Beverly Cleary…
(102 and still going)

edited to add:

Since the alternative is dying young, I’ll have to disagree.


Holy fucksocks, again;

I had no idea Beverly Cleary was still alive; good for her!


Didn’t Fudge et al. become a TV movie or some sort of series? (Certainly not the least bit memorable either way, it seems.)


Is it weird that I read these as a child? I’m a cis-white male and just wanted to understand what was going on with the girls. I remember not being able to visualize any of the contraptions she had to endure, and asking my Mom about them but she just said they didn’t use those anymore. I felt pretty lucky to be a boy at the time.


What I’m going to need is a great 12-year-old actress to play Margaret.”

I hope that works because that can really make or break a movie.


Beats dying.


That’s what they always say, anyway; but I’ve never heard the dead’s side of the story…


If you do, give me a heads-up, please.


Next time I’m invited to dance ‘the Macabray,’ I’ll try to remember…



Judy Blume’s demystification of these subjects made adolescence bearable for so many Gen-Xers in a way it hadn’t been previously.

So which of my books, kids and/or adult would you want to see adapted for series or movie?

If I had to choose, I’d suggest “Blubber” and “Then Again, Maybe I Won’t.” “Iggie’s House” was also good.

Blume has consistently refused to allow her books to become movies.

For some reason I recall a movie or TV series based on “Fudge”.


Somehow, I think I’ll survive.


I’m so confused. I saw Tiger Eyes in an empty theater in 2012. It was not a dream. Or a good movie. https://m.imdb.com/title/tt1748260/




Nah, Blume had appeal. Somehow I never got around to this one specifically, but I definitely read Blubber and Freckle Juice, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and its sequels were universally appealing. (Perhaps I would have picked up Forever if I ever happened to see it on a shelf.) In that vein I also picked up a fair bit of Paula Danziger, Ellen Conford, Betsy Byars, and a little Caroline B. Cooney.

It struck me at the time how much of this fiction seemed to be dreary in tone.




Ah! Thank you.


That’s Kelly Fremon Craig, fwiw. Not being familiar with The Edge of Seventeen, and taking “Fremon” to be a rather male sounding first name, it seemed odd that Judy Blume’s resistance to filmmaking would be overcome by a couple of dudes’ overtures. But… not the case.