History Literature / Blubber

1st Jan '18 11:02:16 AM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Tracy's [[SesameStreet Big Bird]] Halloween costume, homemade by her mother, wins the school's contest for most beautiful costume. And Jill wishes her class could do a Thanksgiving pageant like the Christmas pageant in HarrietTheSpy, in which Harriet got to roll around on the floor while playing an onion.

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* ShoutOut: Tracy's [[SesameStreet Big Bird]] Halloween costume, homemade by her mother, wins the school's contest for most beautiful costume. And Jill wishes her class could do a Thanksgiving pageant like the Christmas pageant in HarrietTheSpy, ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy'', in which Harriet got to roll around on the floor while playing an onion.
1st Jan '18 11:00:39 AM nombretomado
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** And probably the only adult in the book who ''isn't'' useless is the nanny, Mrs. Sandmeier, who seems to fill a role similar to Ole Golly in HarrietTheSpy in that she does more parenting than both of Jill's parents put together. It's telling that when the tables turn on Jill, the first person she tells about it (in a letter) is Mrs. Sandmeier (although, being on vacation in Switzerland, Mrs. Sandmeier isn't in a position to help).

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** And probably the only adult in the book who ''isn't'' useless is the nanny, Mrs. Sandmeier, who seems to fill a role similar to Ole Golly in HarrietTheSpy ''Literature/HarrietTheSpy'' in that she does more parenting than both of Jill's parents put together. It's telling that when the tables turn on Jill, the first person she tells about it (in a letter) is Mrs. Sandmeier (although, being on vacation in Switzerland, Mrs. Sandmeier isn't in a position to help).
22nd Dec '17 8:35:57 PM GarrulousTiger
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Linda gets bullied at school and everyone, including the narrator, makes fun of her. Then the narrator gets bullied and suddenly, itís not funny any more.

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Linda gets bullied at school Fischer, the pudgiest girl (though not the pudgiest ''student'') in Mrs. Minish's fifth-grade class, is singled out for bullying (physical ''and'' emotional) by Wendy, the classroom's queen bee, and everyone, including the narrator, makes fun of her. Jill Brenner, happily joins in. Then the narrator gets bullied tables turn on Jill and suddenly, itís not funny any more.
9th Nov '17 7:15:11 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Tracy is an interesting case: She doesn't seem to like Linda any more than Jill or anyone else and in fact participates with Jill in vandalizing Linda's house on Halloween. However, she seems to grow and mature in ways Jill doesn't, as evidenced when she refuses to take part in Wendy's revenge plan because she's not convinced Linda was the one who tattled on her and Jill for their prank on Mr. Machinist. Part of this could be due to better parenting, as it's implied that Tracy's parents are much more hands-on and involved with their daughter than are Jill's (Mrs. Wu even has time to make Tracy's award-winning Halloween costume).

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** Tracy is an interesting case: She doesn't seem to like Linda any more than Jill or anyone else and in fact participates with Jill in vandalizing Linda's house on Halloween. However, she seems to grow and mature in ways Jill doesn't, as evidenced when she refuses to take part in Wendy's revenge plan because she's not convinced Linda was the one who tattled on her and Jill for their prank on Mr. Machinist. Part of this could be due to better parenting, as it's implied that Tracy's parents are much more hands-on and involved with their daughter than are Jill's (Mrs. Wu even has time to make Tracy's award-winning Halloween costume).costume, while Jill's mother barely has time to ''talk'' to her daughter let alone do things like cook, leaving the parenting to the nanny).



* ShutUpHannibal: Jill ''does'' eventually call Wendy on her bullshit, even if in the end it amounts to little. (All it does is cost Wendy her friendship Caroline.)

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* ShutUpHannibal: Jill ''does'' eventually call Wendy on her bullshit, even if in the end it amounts to little. (All it does is cost Wendy her friendship with Caroline.)
9th Nov '17 7:12:25 PM GarrulousTiger
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* FictionalCountry: Actually averted with Nagaland (Jill mentions her favorite stamps in her collection are from Nagaland), which is actually a real part of India.
9th Nov '17 7:11:03 PM GarrulousTiger
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* CreepyChild: Wendy and her followers are a borderline example. They ''write lists'' of new ways to torment Linda, including ''forcibly undressing her'' on two separate occasions. Later, Wendy and her gang attack Jill at the bus stop and throw her books on the ground.

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* CreepyChild: Wendy and her followers are a borderline example. They ''write lists'' of new ways to torment Linda, including ''forcibly undressing her'' on two separate occasions. Later, Wendy and her gang attack they torture Jill in the exact same ways, including attacking her at the bus stop and throw throwing her books on the ground.


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** More recent editions of the book feature commentary from Judy Blume herself urging readers who are being bullied or witness bullying taking place to tell someone they trust, but on the other hand, the authority figures in the book are all [[AdultsAreUseless inept and/or uncaring]], which implies that telling an authority figure won't always help.
9th Nov '17 7:03:07 PM GarrulousTiger
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** It's also possible that the character of Great Maudie may have been inspired by the title character of the sitcom Series/Maude as played by BeaArthur.
9th Nov '17 6:58:34 PM GarrulousTiger
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* MoralityPet: Tracy seems to be this for Jill, as she's the only one Jill has a consistent good relationship with.

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* MoralityPet: Tracy seems to be this for Jill, as she's the only one Jill has a consistent good relationship with. Even after Jill becomes her class's ButtMonkey, Tracy continues to stand by her.
** Tracy is an interesting case: She doesn't seem to like Linda any more than Jill or anyone else and in fact participates with Jill in vandalizing Linda's house on Halloween. However, she seems to grow and mature in ways Jill doesn't, as evidenced when she refuses to take part in Wendy's revenge plan because she's not convinced Linda was the one who tattled on her and Jill for their prank on Mr. Machinist. Part of this could be due to better parenting, as it's implied that Tracy's parents are much more hands-on and involved with their daughter than are Jill's (Mrs. Wu even has time to make Tracy's award-winning Halloween costume).



* ShoutOut: Tracy's [[SesameStreet Big Bird]] Halloween costume, homemade by her mother, wins the school's contest for most beautiful costume. And Jill wishes her class could do a Thanksgiving pageant like the Christmas pageant in HarrietTheSpy, in which Harriet got to roll around on the floor while playing an onion.
** In fact, both ''Blubber'' and ''Harriet the Spy'' have thematic similarities, in that in both books, the protagonist is singled out for bullying by the rest of her class.



* TokenGoodTeammate: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior. She becomes Jill's new friend at the end of the book.

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* TokenGoodTeammate: Rochelle, who is quiet and stays out of the class' bullying behavior. It's implied she doesn't approve of her classmates' treatment of Linda but is afraid to speak up, which she finally does on the day of Linda's "trial." She becomes Jill's new friend at the end of the book.
25th Jul '17 9:05:30 PM MaskedApple
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* NoEnding: The book really doesn't have a conclusion. It just sort of stops in a "just another day" kind of fashion.
9th Jun '17 11:40:20 PM Adept
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* AdultsAreUseless: The teachers scold the kids occasionally for their antics, but never make a move to stop it. Jill's mother comforts her when the class turns on her, but doesn't step in to actually ''help'' her. When Jill and Tracy are forced to rake Mr. Machinist's yard as punishment for their prank, Jill's dad defends the girls when Machinist (rightly, at least in Jill's case) calls them "brats," and afterward doesn't disagree when Jill remarks that Machinist really ''did'' deserve the prank, thus ensuring that Jill hasn't learned a thing from this.

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* AdultsAreUseless: AdultsAreUseless:
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The teachers scold the kids occasionally for their antics, but never make a move to stop it. Jill's mother comforts her when the class turns on her, but doesn't step in to actually ''help'' her. When Jill and Tracy are forced to rake Mr. Machinist's yard as punishment for their prank, Jill's dad defends the girls when Machinist (rightly, at least in Jill's case) calls them "brats," and afterward doesn't disagree when Jill remarks that Machinist really ''did'' deserve the prank, thus ensuring that Jill hasn't learned a thing from this.
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