One Of Judy Blume's Most Controversial Books Is Becoming A Movie

Diply 22 Oct 2018

I'm pretty confident that most of us grew up reading Judy Blume's books. For me, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my go-to novel on a rainy day, and so were all the Fudge ones that followed. She really understands how to write for a young audience.

Anyway, one of Judy's most controversial books is being made into a movie, and my 10-year-old heart is soaring.

Over the years, Judy Blume has written countless young adult novels.

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Her books date back all the way to 1969, so I know for a fact that there are generations of Blume fans out there.

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One of the many reasons that her novels resonate with a wide audience is because of the relatable and even sensitive topics that she tends to touch upon.

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Unfortunately, topics like menstruation, teen sex, and death left a sour taste in the mouths of some critics.

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Being known as an author who touches on many taboo topics for young readers has even earned her the title of one of the "Most Frequently Challenged Authors of the 21st Century," according to the American Library Association.

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If that were me, I'd be very proud of this accomplishment.

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In fact, they claim that five of her books are on the list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990 to 1999.

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Those books would be Forever, Blubber, Deenie, Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, and Tiger Eyes.

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Blume appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers where she talked about her books being censored. 

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"The '80s was bad, the '80s was very very bad. That was the height of censorship," she explained. "Parents are getting coocoo," she added.

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She even referred to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and how back then, people were fine with Fudge swallowing the turtle because it was funny, but she actually gets a lot of criticism about it today.

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She said that parents tell her about how their child is "never going to get over" the turtle being swallowed.

So basically, everybody is very sensitive nowadays.

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Blume's 1981 novel Tiger Eyes was met with controversy and was even banned at some schools.

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Some administrators didn't want their students reading books that included "sexual content, drinking at school, and language," according to *Banned Library*.

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Nevertheless, it was adapted into a film in 2012.

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Even though Blume has had some of her books adapted into television shows previously, this was the first of her novels that was adapted into a movie.

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Another rather controversial Blume novel is Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

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It features a young girl going through puberty (getting her period, buying a bra, trying to have bigger breasts). It also covers the topic of religion, mainly how she grew up without one specific affiliation and how she explores that aspect of her life.

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It doesn't take a genius to figure out why those topics lead to a pretty swift ban on the shelves of some schools.

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Still, as someone who read this book growing up, it's definitely an important one, and it had a pretty big impact on some young readers.

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So, you can imagine our excitement when we learned that after nearly 50 years, this beloved novel is finally being turned into a movie, according to Deadline.

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Producer James L. Brooks and Kelly Fremon Craig were granted the rights from Blume. 

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The pair last collaborated on The Edge of Seventeen, back in 2016. It was a coming-of-age story that starred Hailee Steinfeld.

It was actually really good, so I have high hopes for this movie.

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Of course, Twitter has their own opinions on the book being turned into a movie.


And to literally nobody's surprise, they're divided on the news.

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There were a lot of people who seemed to be excited about the upcoming movie.

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You just know that it'll take you right back to your childhood when you would read this book in your bedroom (and maybe hide it under your pillowcase so your strict parents didn't see it).

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And then there were those who were less than enthused about the news.

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I think that most of the negativity comes from those who also hold this book close to their heart and don't want to see it ruined by Hollywood.

Not all book-to-movie adaptations are horrible, but there have been a few bumpy ones out there.

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Since the rights have already been granted, all we can do at this point is cross our fingers and hope that the producers give this book the beautiful movie that it deserves!

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