S. E. Hinton makes me go “squee”!
I want to ask you why she makes you go squee. That book just bored me to tears. It’s so obvious — the poor are poor and the good are good and the rich are just as uncomplicated as everyone else. If only life were so devoid of nuance! I realize I missed the thing that makes it so beloved, but can you explain what it was I didn’t get? I did like the interview, at least. And her parting shot at chick-lit, which if men wrote it would be considered so VERY SERIOUS! I hope you are having a nice 3 day weekend.
Because when I read the Outsiders my world cracked open. I had never seen characters like that in a book and, by age 13, I was feeling very, very alone. I was not a terribly nuanced kid; those black and white social differences were exactly what I thought I was living in.
I am writing and revising, so life is good!
I knew you were the right person to ask! That makes brilliant sense. I read it at twenty-five and was rendered speechless. Thank you. Of course. Revising is a kind of heaven, I think. Enjoy.
Thanks for the link. An interesting interview. And interesting, too, that she had trouble with her son when he was a teen. Kind of comforting in an odd way.
You know what’s sad…I’ve never read the book and I know many of my students LOOOOOVE it! I was astonished to see that the book still sells 500k a year, makes you wonder how they figure out the best sellers list.
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