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


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


#2

Holy fucksocks, getting older sucks.

That said, this is a good thing.


#3

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.


#4

Holy fucksocks, again;

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


#5

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


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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.


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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.


#8

Beats dying.


#9

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


#10

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


#11

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


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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”.


#14

Somehow, I think I’ll survive.


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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/


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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.


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#19

Ah! Thank you.


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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.