Hanover County Public Schools remove 75 books including "Forever" which became a television movie

Cheryl E Preston
Dean Butler and Stephanie Zimbalist in ForeverPhoto byIMBd screenshot

Forever by Judy Blume is banned

I was reading the print edition of the Roanoke Times which listed 75 books to be removed from Hanover County, Virginia Public Schools. One of them Forever by Judy Blume caught my eye.

I had watched an innocent coming of age movie by the same name Forever in 1978 starring Stephanie Zimbalist (Remington Steele) and Dean Butler (Little House on the Prarie).

The film version pales in comparison with details in the novel

The movie was about characters Kat ( a virgin) and Michael falling in love and eventually becoming intimate. By the end of the film Kat was ready to move on and broke Michael's heart. He belived they would remain together forever but she no long felt the same.

I did not know this film was based on Blume's book and I had no idea the book was so explicit and that the movie had been watered down quite a bit. Hanover County Public Schools don't beleive books of this nature should be in their school system in the hands of impresionable teens and many parents in the district agree. The Daily Press also carried the story of the banned books.

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