Madresfera asked us to write a post about a book that has had a strong impact on our lives and I choose The Outsiders, by Susan E. Hinton. This is a book one must read before s/he's 16. The author wrote it when she was only 15 years old and it was published before she was 18. Rumor has it that some students loved the story so much that they contacted Francis Ford Coppola so he could make a film about it. I don't really know if this is true, but I guess Susan Hinton was amazed to see two films based on her books The Outsiders and Rumble Fish.
Susan E. Hinton
C. Thomas HowellThe story is set in Oklahoma in the 60s, but it is a best seller worldwide because of its universal subjects: richness, poverty, friendship, family, life and death. Ponyboy is a charming character in the book, and C. Thomas Howell is just perfect in the movie. The cast also includes Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Emilio Estévez, Diane Lane and Leif Garrett. In these videos, you can see the actors reading the book and the song by Stevie Wonder. Enjoy the book and the movie. And stay gold!