While contemporary ‘young adult’ fiction writers see the books turned into movies soon after the ink dries on their novels (think Twilight and The Hunger Games), sometimes these things take time. Lots of time.
Judy Blume’s YA book Tiger Eyes is coming out this week in movie form, over thirty years after it was published. The 1981 book is about a teen by the name of Davey, it’s a coming of age tale of a girl who moves from New Jersey to New Mexico after her father is murdered.
But this wasn’t a big budget project, instead it was a family affair. Her son Lawrence Blume wrote the screenplay, directed and produced the film. And Blume’s husband, George Cooper, was executive producer.
“It sort of mirrored my own story of being pulled away from my life, my friends and my father in New Jersey and moving to this strange town of Los Alamos, New Mexico,” said Lawrence. He directed the 2002 comedy movie “Martin & Orloff.” Judy Blume had divorced his dad and moved the family from New Jersey to New Mexico, which was fodder for Tiger Eyes’ setting. The film will open in theaters and on iTunes, DirecTV and On-Demand this Friday.
What other Judy Blume books would we like to see made?
Here are our top five choices:
Blubber 1 of 5
Bullying has been an issues for generations, but now we as a society are really addressing the harmful effects of the social issue. Judy Blume beautifully took on the subject way back in 1974, yes, this timeless book is almost 40 years old!
New Item 2 2 of 5
Ralph. Yes, Ralph. If you ever read Forever, then you know all about Ralph. This "moving story of the end of innocence," would totally resonate with teens during any decade be it the '80s, '90s or now.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. 3 of 5
The book deals with 11-year old Margaret Simon's struggles with puberty and religion in this coming of age book that has been a must read for decades.
Wifey 4 of 5
Freckle Juice 5 of 5
This is a short book, but is so cute, charming and timeless, that it could totally be turned into a full fledged movie. It's not just about freckles, but about kids learning about what they can and can't change about life.
Which one would you like to see made into a movie?
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