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YMMV / Blubber

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  • Acceptable Targets: Linda is overweight. Subverted when you realize Wendy will bully anyone who dares opposing her. Also subverted in that Bruce, who's described as being fatter than Linda, is easily accepted by his peers.
  • Designated Hero: Jill. We're supposed to cheer for her even when she's being a bratty bitch, and then we're supposed to see her as the poor little victim when karma comes back to bite her in the ass. Then again, this was probably intentional, as she's supposed to be the girl we're NOT supposed to be.
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: The date of Jill's breakdown after two days of being the class's new Butt-Monkey is Friday, November 22 (as evidenced by her letter to Mrs. Sandmeier). Extra chilling when you realize Judy Blume must have been writing this book around the tenth anniversary of the assassination, as it was published in 1974.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Good God, the things the kids do to Linda for cheap laughs are just outright horrible!
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Critics initially accused Judy Blume of exaggerating the cruel nature of the kids in the story, saying that bullying couldn't possibly be as intense as she described. As nearly any middle schooler would tell you, it really is that bad.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: There have been constant books, TV shows, and movies made about the nature of bullying, especially among preteen and teenage girls, since 1974. As such, it's easy to write off Blubber as trite and the behavior of its characters as not that bad. But when Blume first published the novel, it was groundbreaking—no one had written a story that subverted the Children Are Innocent trope. Blubber was even protested and banned because of the vicious, unrelenting bullies in the story. In short, Blume literally wrote the book on this type of character.
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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Bullying is bad. Don't just let it go on. If someone's being cruel to someone, you need to stop it, as just watching everything won't make it go away.
  • Values Resonance: This was written in The '70s. It's strong message and lack of sugarcoating make it still true to life even to this day.
    • Female antiheroines, or rather flawed female characters, have become more palatable and accepted in the 40 years since the book was written. One can both recoil and sympathized with Jill and Linda now and understand how they can be victims who commit terrible deeds.
  • The Woobie: Linda.
    • Jerkass Woobie: It is hard not to feel a little sorry for Jill at times, bratty as she is.
      • In fairness, Linda's experience doesn't stop her from taking a complete role-reversal with Jill, as Wendy's sidekick in tormenting her. The closing pages suggest that this didn't last, but there's a bit of apparent Hobbes Was Right about her behaviour.

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