Judy Blume, featured in LA Times:
When "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" first came out, publisher Dutton did not send Judy Blume around the country to talk about it. "There were no book tours!" she says. "I don't think they sent children's book writers on tour."
That was in the 1970s, when Blume had a string of hits for young readers, from small children to those grappling with adolescence. "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" (1970), "Then Again, Maybe I Won't" (1971), "Freckle Juice" (1971), "Deenie" (1973) and "Blubber" (1974) were go-to books for kids for their humor and real-life frankness. That's common now -- think Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid series -- but it was Blume who made it mainstream. Her books have embedded the phrases "I must -- I must -- I must increase my bust!" and "Eat it or wear it" deep in the minds of two generations of readers.
This week, a film made from one of Blume's books, "Tiger Eyes," debuted at the Palm Beach Film Festival in Florida. There have been television adaptations before, but nothing for the big screen. "I love movies, and I've never had a feature film based on one of my books, so it's very exciting," Blume says.