What kid doesn’t grow up believing they don’t fit in? In my early years I accepted I’d never be the “prom queen” type. My reality realization was due to the written words and played out scenes of make believe. Books turned movies like Matilda, Harriet the Spy and Stuart Little showed kids it was okay to be different and taught other wholesome lessons while entertaining. I fear kids today lack pop culture to relate to. Or am I missing something, and kids have it all figured out now with the help of Jersey Shore? Or rather, is there an app to help them get through youth without resentment?
There may be an app for that, but it’ll never work. Kids on the sidelines of normal need to connect with something to show them it’s okay to be their selves. So when the popular series Diary of a Wimpy kid was made into a movie last year, I genuinely smiled because it screamed cheesy, 90′s feel good movie. It dealt with Greg the “Wimpy Kid” tackling his first awkward year of middle school. And with its sequel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules dropping March 25th, it got me thinking about what book from my past I’d like to see on the big screen…or at least a TV movie.
Judy Blume is synonymous for dealing with growing pains in her work, whether it be in Blubber or Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. But at the end of the day I think her most notable deserves to be brought to life for new generation to learn from.
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is famous for being the “period” book, but it’s so much more. A young girl approaching a new school yearning to yes, get her monthly friend, look like the Playboy centerfolds and all the while searching for a religion where this supposed God she talks to every day makes her feel something, anything, more.
Hollywood hasn’t been too keen on original ideas for a while, so is the idea of this Judy Blume classic being resurrected far off? Nope, so with a hoard of up and comers from the Nickelodeon and Disney corral, let’s do this Hollywood. Give all those kids who dread adolescence a sense of belonging with Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by taking it from pages to the screen, big or small.