Yesterday, London's Daily Telegraph printed an interview with Judy Blume, author of teen-fiction bibles Deenie, Tiger Eyes, Blubber, Forever and Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Ms. Blume, who turns 70 years old next week (!!!), has sold 75 million copies of her novels worldwide, and taught girls — and boys — everywhere about periods, masturbation, sex and the roller coaster ride that is puberty. And though she has meant so much to millions of readers; she continues to be "one of the most banned writers in America", particularly because of the sexually-titillating and heart-meltingly sweet coming-of-age novel Forever. "Everybody has a Forever story," Ms. Blume says. "Everybody."
Ms. Blume explains that she wrote Forever for her teenage daughter: "She asked me for a story about two nice kids who have sex without either of them having to die."
Her daughter wanted something more, Blume explains:
She had read several novels about teenagers in love. If they had sex, the girl was always punished — an unplanned pregnancy, a hasty trip to a relative in another state, a grisly abortion, sometimes even death. Lies. Secrets. Girls in these books had no sexual feelings and boys had no feelings other than sexual.
Judy Blume's Lessons In Love [Telegraph]
Related: Judy Blume's Blog [JudyBlume.com]
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