Judy Blume has never been afraid to speak her mind
The iconic children's author has been tackling criticism and censorship long before the current trend sweeping American libraries.
Who is she? Judy Blume is an acclaimed author, best known for her fiction that appeals to young adults and adolescents.
What's the big deal? While 85-year-old Blume has mastered the art of crafting fictional stories, her latest project dives into her own life and career.
April 16, 2023
What are people saying? Blume recently spoke with NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about the project and how she got on board.
On her initial hesitation to making the film:
[Since] it's about me, I didn't think I wanted that.
I didn't think at all about the audience. I was just thinking, 'Did I want to do this?' And I just didn't want to do it. But Davina helped me understand it would be a good thing to do. And then I started to think it would be a good thing to do while I'm still alive and can participate.
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On feeling fearless in writing in a way she didn't feel in her own life:
I'm not a particularly brave person. Certainly, as a kid, I was a very anxious person. But when I sat down to write, I never felt afraid. I never felt fearful of anything that I was writing. I'm trying to catch up now in my real life.
On bravery as an everyday practice:
I'm not afraid to speak out now, but I wasn't afraid to speak out in the '80s either, because that's what saved me in the '80s when I felt so alone and dejected and people were coming after me and coming after my books. And it was when I met the National Coalition Against Censorship that I realized I wasn't alone, and then other authors who were also in the same position that I was, and we would go out together. And we would speak out, because speaking out is so much better for you in every way than hiding at home.
And her thoughts on 'protecting children' in a recent interview with Variety:
What are you protecting your children from? Protecting your children means educating them and arming them with knowledge, and reading and supporting what they want to read. No child is going to become transgender or gay or lesbian because they read a book. It's not going to happen. They may say, 'Oh, this is just like me. This is what I'm feeling and thinking about.'
So what now?
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