5 Judy Blume books that should be adapted
It was announced Wednesday that Judy Blume’s classic YA novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret? is being adapted into a film by James L. Brooks and The Edge of Seventeen writer/director Kelly Fremon Craig. Here are five more of Blume’s coming-of-age classics we’d like to see turned into movies.
Just as Long as We’re Together
This book follows the intricacies of a female friend group as the girls go through puberty and grapple with all the stresses of being a teenager. Nuanced takes on female friendship are relatively underexplored on screen, and this beloved novel would be a welcome addition.
Starring Sally J. Friedman as Herself
Set in post-WWII Florida, the novel follows Sally, a 10-year-old aspiring actress with an active imagination. The book deftly explores the ways in which the war affected children at the time, making it a great fit for a film adaptation.
Blume’s revealing look at a 17-year-old exploring her sexuality for the first time would make a great CW show for the same reasons it was banned from countless school libraries.
The title of the novel comes from the nickname given to a shy fifth-grader named Linda after she delivers a class presentation on whales. The compassionate look at bullying inspired many young readers who would surely welcome an onscreen adaptation.
The 12-year-old title character’s life is upended when she’s diagnosed with scoliosis and forced to wear a back brace, which complicates her overbearing mother’s expectations that she’ll be a model. Deenie offers a nuanced look into the pressures teenage girls face.