Judith "Judy" Blume (born 1938) is an American writer, best known as an author of children's and young adult novels, she has also written several novels for adults. Her works were frequently banned
because she was one of the first authors of Young Adult novels to write about certain subjects previously considered "adult." She is a highly esteemed author in those circles that aren't trying to ban her.
And is responsible for providing Nightmare Fuel
to a whole generation.
She wrote many books. Among them are Blubber
, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
, and Forever
. She has written one series, beginning with Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
, featuring Peter Hatcher and his Annoying Younger Sibling
Farley, universally known as "Fudge
Books by Judy Blume with their own trope pages include:
Other books by Judy Blume books provide examples of:
- Age-Appropriate Angst
- The Alcoholic: Davey's friend Jane in Tiger Eyes
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Played straight with a number of characters; mostly averted with Davey's younger brother Jason in Tiger Eyes.
- Coming-of-Age Story
- A Date with Rosie Palms
- Deenie, in the book of the same name, mentions touching her "special place" and wondering if that's why she developed scoliosis. Blume said that a principal banned the book from his school library, saying he might've allowed it if the character were a boy.
- Similar passages in Then Again, Maybe I Won't have made the book a favorite target of censors. Or perhaps it's because of the boy protagonist's nocturnal activities.
- There were passages about Davey, the female protagonist of Tiger Eyes, masturbating over an attractive, slightly older man, Wolf, in the first draft of the novel. Blume was told to edit them out due to the possibility of younger readers picking up the book.
- A Day in the Limelight: Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great spotlights Peter's neighbor and rival Sheila.
- Badass Decay: In-universe, Tony thinks his brother Ralph came down with a severe case of it. Ralph used to want to be a mathematician and was nicknamed "The Wizard," but after his family gets rich, he gives up on math to follow his father in the computer software business (which he doesn't particularly enjoy) and gains weight. He also loses his close relationship and connection with Tony.
- Dead Guy Junior: Gender flipped in Then Again, Maybe I Won't. Tony's baby niece is named Vincenza in honor of his eldest brother, Vinnie, who died in the Vietnam War. They call her Vicki for short.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Tiger Eyes begins not long after protagonist Davey's father dies; it's implied throughout the book that she and her father were very close.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: It's eventually revealed in Tiger Eyes that Davey's father, shot during a convenience store robbery, bled to death in her arms while waiting for the ambulance.
- Gender-Blender Name: Davey in Tiger Eyes. Her first name is actually Davis, which was her mother's maiden name, but everyone calls her Davey. Leads to some confusion when her brother Jason's teacher insists that Davey must be a boy and directs Jason to address his poem to her as his brother.
- The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Deenie — their mother frequently tells people (including complete strangers) that "Deenie's the beauty, Helen's the brain." At one point Helen tells Deenie she doesn't have to fall into the role their mother has chosen for her.
- I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Forever — "Katherine... I'd like you to meet Ralph."
- I Have No Daughter: In Starring Sally J. Freedman As Herself, Sally's next door neighbors the Daniels are extremely orthodox Jews. When their daughter Bubbles has premarital sex with a goy note , the Daniels sit shiva and pretend that Bubbles is dead. Sally's grandmother is infuriated - she lost an infant son and is deeply offended that they'd play-act about losing a child when they don't know what it's actually like.
- Informed Judaism
- Law of Inverse Fertility: Bitsy and Walter, Davey's aunt and uncle in Tiger Eyes, were never able to have children and are only too happy to have Bitsy's brother's widow and children come to stay with them. Unfortunately, Bitsy turns into something of a My Beloved Smother and drives Davey absolutely insane with her constant focus on safety.
- Lies to Children: In Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, Sally asks her mother how babies are made. Her mother mumbles something about how the husband plants a seed in the wife; ten-year-old Sally wants more details, so Mrs. Freedman buys her a book about it. Later on, her unmarried teenage neighbour gets pregnant and Sally asks how that's possible, since the book told her sex was something only married people did.
- Naughty Birdwatching: In Then Again, Maybe I Won't, a boy discovers the girl next door likes to undress in front of the window. So he asks for some binoculars for Christmas for "bird watching" from his parents.
- The Nicknamer: The title character of Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself has a tendency to bestow rather peculiar nicknames on her loved ones. Her father, for instance, is "Dooey-bird."
- The Noun and the Noun: The Pain and the Great One.
- Parental Favoritism: Played with in The Pain And The Great One, a book told in two parts. In the first, an older sister describes how her little brother "The Pain" gets away with murder and is clearly the parents' favorite; in the second the brother describes the sister "The Great One" in pretty much the same way, also concluding that she must be the favorite.
- A fairly prominent theme in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing with Peter's parents babying his little brother Fudge, but it's toned down a lot in later Fudge books, partly due to the addition of baby sister Tootsie.
- Parents as People
- Sadist Teacher: Deenie has a minor example of one of these in the book of the same name. When she explains that she was unable to turn in an assignment on time because she was being fitted for her Milwaukee brace (in other words, having a medical procedure done and therefore on an excused absence), the teacher replies that this does not sound like a reason to miss class and she shouldn't expect more than a 50% on the assignment.
- Slut Shaming: Covered in a few books by Blume. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. had a busty Laura Danker, whom is gossiped to have went behind the A&P with two older boys and Sally J. Freedman was answered by her Mother that "nice girls" get pregnant after marriage, look up Lies to Children above for clearer context.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour: In Then Again, Maybe I Won't, main character Tony, his rich next door friend Joel and his old friend from the inner city, Frankie, are hanging out in Joel's basement when Joel jimmies into his father's liquor cabinet. The three boys get drunk. It was the first time Tony and Frankie had done this, but Joel had been drinking enough that he knew well the differences between the various kinds of alcohol.