aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

When I was a teen, I was in love with SE Hinton

For one thing, I totally bought into the publisher’s little trick of using initials and never using “he” or “she” on the dust jacket. This was also before the Internet. Heck, it was before computers.

It was a special pleasure for me to read this interview with SE Hinton on Nathan Bransford’s bog (which is well worth a read, anyway). She talks about why she wrote The Outsiders: “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. Also, I loved to write, and had been writing since grade school, and I was angry about the social divisions in my very large high school (Will Rogers High).” You can read more here.

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