My favorite Judy Blume tweet is undoubtedly her response to the Twitter follower who asked how Blume felt about the title of Chelsea Handler's book, "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea."
@JudyBlume's reply: "After initial WTF, turned into CH fan!"
Handler's book title, which is currently being made into a TV show, is a nod to Blume's classic 1970 children's chapter book, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret." Blume's Twitter bio is, aptly enough, "Are you there, Twitter? It's Me, Judy."
There is a funny recollection on Blume's blog about the book title being so long. "When I finished writing," wrote Blume, "I had no idea for a title so I took the first line in the book. If I'd known then how often I was going to have to say the title, I might just have called it 'Margaret.'"
The title itself takes up 37 characters, including spaces - precious real estate out in the Twitterverse, where the book might perhaps be referred to as "AYTG?IMM," or "RU There, OMG? It's me, Mrgrt?"
Not only does Blume, 73, tweet and blog, she's also on Facebook and regularly Skypes with schoolchildren around the world.
I still have Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," "Superfudge," "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret," "Forever" and "Just as Long as We're Together" nearly memorized.
I was, however, slightly disheartened to learn that some of Blume's books were edited for updates - updates of the Times They Are A-Changin' kind. For example, reprints of the books in the "Fudge" series switched up the Christmas gift list of the book's character Peter: the coveted record player is replaced with an MP3 player and so forth. Little Fudge doesn't watch "The Electric Company" and "The Muppet Show" anymore - he watches Nickelodeon.
Post 2006-editions of "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" forgo mentions of belted menstrual pads (the fictional brand name, "Teenage Softies" made me laugh even as I read the book, back when I was a fourth grade nothing) for "sanitary napkins." I had no idea what the belts were - they were before my time - but I got the drift.
With Blume having embraced (and mastered!) the 140-character confines of Twitter, I find myself looking forward to the author's tweets the same way I looked forward to her books as a kid. While she charmingly tweets about daily life (e.g. Zumba class, a favorite purple jacket), she also comes up with gems like these:
Did you grow up reading Judy Blume's books? If so, which one was your favorite, and why?
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I was more into The Babysitter's Club when I was a pre-teen. Never read any Judy Blume.
I spent my younger years ready her books over and over again!! My fave will always be tales of a forth grade nothing. (at that time I too had a younger sibling and felt that there was someone who understood my life as an older sister!) I will make sure my daughter reads these books !
Love judy blume! I grew up reading her books.
Of course it will always be...Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing
I loved everything written by Judy Blume! I would have to count "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." as my favorite. It was like reading the diary of a girl just like me........Love Judy Blume!!! I'm so happy to hear that she is still contributing, but I hate that her books are being edited to reflect today's culture. There is something to be said about reading classic books and generating discussion about things of the past. Would we want to update "Tom Sawyer"?
I knew I was "growing up" after reading Forever and Summer Sisters. Her books were really a great transition from childhood into adolesence.
Are you there God? It's me Margaret.
'We must, we must, we must increase our bust....'
We (all the girls in our class) passed around the book 'Forever' in eighth grade, back in the day.
Just as Long as We're Together! Got it for Christmas from my mother. I got a kick out of the fact that my mom (unknowingly) bought me a book in which the main character called a boy the "Class A–hole". Sheltered, I was!
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. I never did understand what they were "doing" with that Kreskin Crystal.
My favorite Judy Blume book has to be Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. I read it countless times and found it helpful in many ways. I was a pre-pubescent girl with asthma and it seemed like someone finally understood what I felt. I read all the Fudge books, too and will definitely have to get them for my sons who remind me of Peter and Fudge.
Me too, air. I loved Judy Blume.Oh, and I read and re-read "Deanie," the one about the pretty girl with scoliosis.Remembering how I read that one so much makes me wish i had a copy. I might go in search of a copy soon. I love to revisit childhood favorites as the decades go by and find out what I originallysaw in them.
how could i pick a favorite?! that would be like picking my favorite child! they're all my favorite. judy blume was such a huge part of my childhood/teen years, i read her books over and over till they literally fell apart. when my niece gets older (she's only 1 years old. haha) she's getting the entire line of judy blume books.
judy blume is like a modern day jane austen.
/Love her. I read all of her books growing up and I buy them for my daughter. My fav was Starring Sally J. Freedmen as Herself and her adult book, Summer Sisters.
AYTG?IMM was an eye opener for me! Loved it! Also liked the Fudge books and Blubber.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing!! My third grade teacher read it too the class and I read it on my own so many times the book fell apart. All the Fudge books were great!
Judy Blume is the greatest. Her books are a rite of passage and I still have all of her books that I get out to re-read from time to time. I bought my daughter the boxed set of young readers books and she still has them. I also have the set of her adult novels that I cherish as well. I love you Judy Blume!
Was always a Tales of Fourth Grade Nothin and SuperFudge fan.
I love Judy Blume. She made growing up in the 1970's a little bit easier.
I don't know if I could pick just one, but if forced I'd say, Forever. Margaret would be a close second.
This is so great! A group of friends recently decided to form a book club with the sole purpose of reading the books we remember from childhood that were a little too mature for our young eyes. "Forever" was the first book and we loved reading it from an adult perspective (a few of us read it as pre-teens in secret!). It was great fun discussing that topic!! Can't wait to tell the group JB is on Twitter!!
I read these books growing up... they were wonderful, funny, and made me feel like she understood the pains of childhood. I think my favorite books of hers are "Are You there God, It's me, Margaret"(about puberty, crushes, and growing up) "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and "Deenie." Though they were all great books, especially "Blubber", about an overweight child. I will follow her on Twitter.
Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing! Then Superfudge.
My daughter read "Are you there God..." about 100 times. Judy Blume never talks down to kids but instead has an uncanny ability to remember the thoughts and feelings that for most of us fade. I love all of her books and admire her relentless fight for first amendment rights.
I am not sure I have a favorite. Never read a book (even her books for adults) that I didn't like. As a teacher, I would always introduce kids who don't like to read to one of her books and they always would finish as many as I had in the classroom, begging for more. Love Judy Blume...
I love Judy Blume. I'm very disturbed, however, at the mention of edits. Must everything by stripped of history so it can be more convenient for today's know-nothing kids? It's really, really sad that we as a society think it's ok to tamper with literature. Let the kids figure out what a record player does, for goodness sake. Maybe they'll actually learn something.
I have always loved Judy Blume books..I have read everyone she ever wrote multiple time. I will now be reading her tweets very cool :)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was always my favorite because it reminded me of my own two children. I also teach school and enjoy reading her books to my students.
Judy Blume's books are timeless. I have recommended, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret." to many, many students, and I rarely have one who doesn't love it as much as I did when I was their age.
Loved her books when I was a kid. The first one I remember reading is Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing. I so want copies of all those books again, but in original form. I do NOT want updated ones.
She also wrote adult books, which I found out as a teenager when I came across a copy of Wifey. Boy, was I surprised. :)
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Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. All the way!
loved all her books. Are you there God? It's me, Margaret was my all time favourite. I enjoy her adult literature as well. Would love to see one more, Judy!
Had a dysfunctional childhood. Her books saved my life! Thank you Judy Blume.
Americans should stop blaspheming before modern literature turns into a trash can.
Loved everything she wrote...can't say I have a fav.....loved in OKA SHeila the Great they swapped out Libby listening to a CD instead of records...lol. Blubber would be interesting now in the age of cyber-bullying
Thanks to Judy, I learned about all the things my mother should have told me about but didn't. One of my faves was Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. Sally's fears about Hitler resonated with me because I had my own irrational fears as a girl and Judy Blume's books always made me feel OK about the world. I am much more open with my own daughter than my mom was with me but I will still keep those books on my shelf for when she's ready to read them. You're the mom I wish I had, Judy!
I loved her book "Wifey." I was 16... it was raw, up front, and "naughty" and at that age, it was perfect. I've read a few others, but that's really the only I remember nearly 30 years later.
I've read them all being a 44 year old woman, but my favorites are now the ones she writes for adults, such as Summer Sisters. Great books!
The Fudge series. And Iggie's House.
I gave all my Judy books to my niece when she was 8 and she loved them as much as I did! She now has a 7 year old sister who loves to read and devoured her first Fudge book in 3 days and loved it! I hope they have those books to pass to their daughters.
i went back and read starring sally j freedman as herself as an adult and it was even better than when i was a kid. I hope authors like judy blume exist when i have children.
Very great pal, Maggie Root, gave a copy to a very small child who read Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret, and kept reading it throughout childhood, and early adult years. I very much doubt I would have given my daughter that book, but am thankful to Maggie that she did.
Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself remains my favorite Judy Blume novel. I read that book over and over until the cover had come off and the pages curled. As my parents are packing up my childhood home, I came across it and am looking forward to the day that my daughter (6) can enjoy it. I don't think Judy Blume could ever really comprehend the impact that she has had on generations of children, particularly girls.
Ah Superfudge! Peeing in the plant was priceless!
GREAT article!! I LOVE Judy Blume! I was born with a facial deformity and spent most of my childhood in the hospital having multiple surgeries. Judy's book "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret" was my FAVORITE book! I loved it so much that I wrote a letter to Judy a few years later to thank her for making me laugh during a very rough time in the hospital one Summer. Judy actually wrote a letter back to me! I still have it! LOVE JUDY BLUME! She's one AWESOME lady!
My favorite two were Dennie and the aforementioned Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself. Loved, loved, loved Judy Blume as a teen. I am 42 now and somewhat bereft that I have two boys and no one to give Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret? to...
I would never have gotten through my first monthly without Are You There God. My mother never talked about it, or explained it, and even though we had sx education in school, I still had no idea what was going on. It was a wonder that someone else had the same thoughts and feelings that I did. Deenie was also great – forgot about that one. Judy Blume is a national treasure!
Starring Sally J. Friedman As Herself was the first "chapter" book I ever read and still have fond memories of it. It started me on a long path of reading (including all sorts of other Judy Blume books!)
I didn't read any of Judy Blume's books until I had a four year old daughter (she's now seven). So far we've only read the Fudge books - all of which we both have thoroughly enjoyed. I don't know what my daughter thinks, but I think of Peter as the main character, not Fudge. Anyway, I agree with the comments about not modernizing the books. My daughter is currently reading Strawberry Hill, a book by Mary Ann Hoberman that's set during the depression. My daughter understands most of the period references, and when she doesn't understand something we ask my mother. I don't see what the big deal is in mentioning a record player or going to see Superman with your first girlfriend.
I too grew up reading Judy Blume, reading the books over and over again untill they fell apart. I do not think that you can be a girl and NOT read Judy Blume. As "J" said above Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton are classic authors and their books are "must read"!
Loved ALL of her books. They were about the terrible childhood that I was having but also about the childhood that I wished that I was having. Her books helped this teenage girl see through the dark.
I loved Judy Blume and began reading her books when I was probably 10 years old. Are U There God...Margaret was the first, and will always have a special place in my heart. Forever is another favorite, along with Starring Sally J. Friedman... and Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great. I find it appalling that details of the lives of the characters have been modernized for fear that children will not understand or relate to them. I did not use the feminine protection described in ....Margaret, but I had an understanding of what HISTORY was involved. We need to keep books as they were orignally written and not coddle kids; believing they can't appreciate what things were like before they were born is absurd. But...enough of the soap box. Thank you Judy, for your heart and talent.
Loved Sheila the Great! Must have read that about a thousand times growing up.
Judy Blume autographed my copy of Deenie when I was around 9 years old. I still have it somewhere. She definitely influenced a lot of my childhood. She's simply iconic.
Are You THere God? It's Me, Margaret was one of my all time favorite books growing up! I must have read that book 100 times...so much so, pages started falling out. I also loved Forever. Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton are classic authors for young adult readers.
Loved her books growing up...loved her adult novels just as much! I can read Summer Sisters over and over again and never get bored w/it
I enjoy reading her books while on the can
Read her? I summed up my entire childhood based upon her books, even named my blog fourthgradenothing dot com!
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