Judith Sussman "Judy" Blume (born February 12, 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 and continue to be frequently banned because she was one of the first authors of Young Adult novels to write about certain subjects previously considered "adult." The basis of her YA writing has always been pretty much that she didn't want to treat her audience like they were unintelligent: "I wanted to be honest. And I felt that no adult had been honest with me. We didn't have the information we should have had." 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:
- Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
- Fudge series
- Iggie's House
- Just as Long as We're Together
- Here's to You, Rachel Robinson
- In the Unlikely Event
- Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
- Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself
- Summer Sisters
- Then Again, Maybe I Won't
- Tiger Eyes
Other books by Judy Blume books provide examples of:
- Age-Appropriate Angst
- 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.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: The Pain in The Pain and the Great One (although the book also makes the point that the Great One is just as annoying in her own way).
- 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."
- Informed Judaism
- 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.
- Rousseau Was Right
- 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.
- School Play: The One In The Middle Is The Green Kangaroo is about a kid who has the main part in a school play.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Blume's works talk about the harsh, unhappy aspects of growing up with the joys and wonder that life has to offer, making it in the middle.
- Stage Mom: Deenie is perhaps the most blatant example, but some of Blume's other works have variations on this trope as well with mothers who push their children into extracurricular activities against their wishes. Then Again, Maybe I Won't is one such example, as is the divorce-themed It's Not the End of the World in which Karen's friend Debbie has such a mother (who even pushed her daughter into taking tennis lessons by giving her a tennis racket for Christmas).