Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Flashback: The Outsiders



To me, reading a book is much more exciting than seeing a movie. Reading enables us to delve into our imaginations and paint pictures in our mind of what the characters look like and talk like.

Long long ago when I was a pre-teen, I read The Outsiders, then continued to read every book S. E. Hinton wrote. Eventually I saw the movies too. Hinton was the bomb! Matt Dillon was cast in a few of those films and I thought he was the bomb too.

I think The Outsiders is still popular with kids today. Gah! That makes me sound super old. Kids today. This is somewhat a classic novel and somewhere in my house is a copy, probably a first run edition with yellowed pages and a well worn cover. This novel goes down in my personal history as one of my favorites.


10 Comments:

Blogger stay_c said...
Yep, it is. One of my students (during a brief teaching stint a few years ago) found Outsiders and loved it. He was in 8th grade and the kid that never read. He continued with the others, but liked Outsiders the best.

The student about exploded when I told him that the author was 17 when she wrote it. He was amazed. @ 9:14 AM  
Blogger ev said...
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Blogger ev said...
The Outsiders is the book that made me want to be a writer, back when I was 12 or so. (I do actually write for a living these days. ;) I worship at the altar of S.E. Hinton.

However. Have you read Hawkes Harbor? I was so, SO excited several months ago when I saw this at the big bookstore. But oh. My god. It is very bad. I couldn't even finish it. I am all for authors taking risks and going outside their comfort zone, but this...this was just wrong in too many ways. What a disappointment. @ 2:31 PM  
Blogger barefoot bubbles said...
We teach the Outsiders in 8th grade in my school district. Some kids love it--but the majority think it's too slow moving. I think it's because they're so into quick paced video games that anything is "boring and slow." @ 5:42 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...
What a shame that the video/tv/NOW influence leaves the kids thinking this fine book is 'boring'! - - This book is a true treasure! Thanks for reminding us about it! @ 11:59 AM  
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