In a fairly recent interview, S.E. Hinton, legend, creator of Ponyboy Curtis, said of her first book:
"I wanted to read something that dealt with teen life as I saw it. There wasn't anything realistic for teenagers to read back then; I was through with the horse books, not ready for a lot of adult books, couldn't stand the "Mary Sue Goes To the Prom" books, so one of the main reasons why I wrote it was to read it."
The Outsiders is credited with popularizing, and possibly even creating, YA fiction as we know it today. S.E. Hinton gave us characters and situations we could relate to.
On Sunday, Kurt B. Reighley will moderate a discussion with the author--a retrospective of her writing from the early YA books (particularly Rumble Fish) to her latest, Some of Tim's Stories. Actor Tim Hyland will also read from the books, interspersed with clips from the '80s film adaptations, which brought me (and many others, I suspect) initially to Ms. Hinton's tortured teens and unforgettable narrators.
Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
Leo K Theater
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