S.E Hinton and The Outsiders
Read more about the author, the book, and what started it all...
Susan Eloise Hinton, or S. E. Hinton as is printed on her work, is an author known for her young adult novels. She started writing her most notable novel, The Outsiders, when she was just 15 and she was 18 when it was published.
Hinton decided to write The Outsiders because she was displeased with the young adult novels being written at that time. It was such a powerful and well-written book that it's said to have started it's own trend in YA. The popularity of The Outsiders alone led S.E. Hinton to fame, with many people calling her 'The Voice of the Youth.'
The novel was considered revolutionary in that it covered topics that weren’t widely discussed in everyday life. The premise of The Outsiders follows a boy named Ponyboy Curtis who is a member of the Greasers gang. It also talks about the divide between two gangs, the Greasers and the Socs, because of their socioeconomic differences. Deemed controversial upon its release, the novel covers topics such as gang violence, smoking and drinking, family dysfunction, and other themes not widely written about in YA at the time.
In 1983, a film version of The Outsiders was released. It stars several actors who would become some of the most well known names in Hollywood, such as Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, and Ralph Macchio. How about that!
We love this book and are working on designing a competition encouraging you all to write your own stories, because who knows who will write the modern-day version of The Outsiders? If we indeed have this kind of competition, imagine how awesome it would be if we could convince S.E. Hinton to judge some of the final entries! It may be just a thought, but the idea strikes us as a brilliant :)