Judy Blume AMA: Author Reveals Who She Looks Up To, Early Views On Sex, In Reddit Q&A
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Nina Bahadur posted 9 things she learned from the AMA:
- She didn't plan to become a writer: "Had no idea it was even possible to grow up to write books," she wrote. "I wanted to be a cowgirl, an actress, or a detective."
- Beverly Cleary is one of the women she most admires -- but they haven't ever met. (We would give so much to attend a dinner party with those two.)
- She had no idea her books would create such a stir -- five of them have been on the American Library Association's lists of "frequently challenged books." I really didn't know I was being controversial. I was young and naive."
- The character of Margaret from "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" is based on herself...
- ...but she doesn't think that "Margaret" -- which is arguably the novel she's best known for -- should be adapted into a movie. "But, hey -- if the right girl came along who knows?" she quipped.
- Her readers' loyalty is the most rewarding part of her career.
- She sees her talent at writing as a gift. "I've no idea how writing works," she wrote. "My son says I'm the least analytical person he's ever met. I think I'm just an instinctual writer. It comes and I go with it. It's from some other part of the brain. I'm just glad it's still coming..."
- Her early views on sex were mostly shaped by her fear of getting pregnant:
I'm a 50's girl. We were supposed to be virgins when we married. I guess not everyone was because three girls in my high school class were pregnant at graduation. And that's what kept me and my friends official virgins -- fear of unwanted pregnancy. We were sexual without intercourse.
- Her work helped her through a miserable marriage: "Writing saved me every time," she wrote.