July 22nd, 2011
10:34 AM ET
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:
Maybe I'll find my old Judy Blume books and re-read them all....Then Again, Maybe I Won't.
Did you grow up reading Judy Blume's books? If so, which one was your favorite, and why?
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