In continuing this 20 Days Of Chill Writing Challenge, I have been participating and it’s now time for a new post. As you may remember two weeks ago I started this challenge and have now completed 14 days worth of the challenge and you can read them both by checking out 20 Days Of Chill.
Today is a new day and a new challenge and today’s theme is:
Can you hear me?
As the newest theme is revealed it’s also time to unleash which way I will interpret this theme. Will I go to the left or take it all the way to center field and then throw it around the world and completely make everyone confused? You’ll just have to sit back and hang on tight for the ride of your life, or at least the ride for the next few hundred words.
When I read today’s theme a week or so ago, I thought of going down a road filled with music or maybe a movie. But after recently re-reading it and in conjunction with numerous comments I’ve made to people both in this world and the one, I’m going to go down a different road.
This road will be based on Judy Blume.
Yes, Judy Blume. You may remember her as that author who wrote books based on children’s issues. Books like Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing, SuperFudge and of course the book Are You There God? It’s Me Margret.
Judy Blume’s books are something I read a lot when growing up in elementary school, they were easy to read and related to issues I was dealing with as a young adult. Plus the last name of her character Fudge had a similar last name to mine. I.E. Hatcher is close to Hachey as it can get or well, usually can get.
Instead of reflecting on how her books have changed and shaped my life or even talking about how great of a person she is. I was actually thinking of something a little different. Almost odd.
I wrote a series of books dedicated to Judy Blume. Books that would use her titles, stories she wrote about and center it around her. But how would I do this? How could you honor an author? Especially without making it seem like a lame attempt at a Wikipedia page?
How about I create a character who’s live has been altered so much, so severely that the only thing he does now is idolize Judy Blume.
Did I just say severely?
Yes, oh, yes I did.
Imagine if you will, a scenario similar to Eminem’s song Stan where a guy is so overly enthralled with a person it boarders on obsession. Hopefully it won’t get to the level of John Hinckley, Jr., who ended up killing John Lennon.
But let’s imagine it in an interesting way, he’s shaped his world due to the words she wrote. He named his dog Fudge. He has a blog which is called “Are You There Judge Blume? It’s Me Bruce Bonaventura”
Gesh, Bruce Bonaventura, that’s an interesting character name, where in all would I come up with that name? Oh, this character name isn’t just out of the random blue, it’s from one of her novels. Yes, Bruce Bonaventura, is actually from her novel Blubber. Which is a story dealing with overweight issues.
This guy is intense. He changed his name.
The main irony of the entire reason I have picked a male to play my over obsessive fan is that, well, Judy Blume’s novels, outside of the Fudge series, deals with mainly young female issues.
And just brainstorming while I write this, wouldn’t it even be funnier if say he has read every single one of her books, has the entire inside of his house plastered with pictures, book covers, pages and various other Judy Blume things but has never read the Fudge series books? Like he doesn’t believe in one of the most successful things in her career.
Yes, I know, I’m dealing with a lot of crazy psychological themes… probably. But honestly, wouldn’t it be funny? Like what if his car’s license plate read “The Pain.” Which is in regards to another one of her novels, her only picture book entitled “The Pain and the Great One.” So then he would obviously be referencing himself as the Great One.
Oh the possibilities this could intake. I mean, obviously you’d have to throw in the fact the police are always suspect of him. Because he’s a grown man, let’s say, late 30’s and still enjoys pre-teen literature.
He lives close to Subway, the sub shop, so he walks there. And yet we see a cop car slowly following behind him while he does this. But then again, that is just making light of the entire Jared from Subway situation.
But let’s take step back for a second here. I’m not a script writer, I’m just a guy writing an entire into a 20 Day of Writing Challenge. And who wants to hear about a crazed man who changed his name to Bruce? After all, I’m not writing a Batman movie.