S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders and A Childhood Dream Come True

by - October 29, 2013


The Outsiders is one of my favorite books. It is in my top five and even though it is for young adult readers, I find the message it speaks transcends age and time.

It was published in 1967 and set  by a then teen aged girl named S.E. Hinton. S. E. began writing the book when she was fifteen and wrote most of it when she was sixteen. It wasn't until she was eighteen that the book was published.

I remember learning that the author of The Outsiders was a teen when she wrote and had her book published and teenage me thought, well if she can do it then I can too. I still think I can. I have so many unfinished transcripts..one day. one day...

The book follows the lives of Pony Curtis and his two brothers as well as the members of the greasers gang he is in. Set in 1965, you get to have a glimpse on the lives of those who live on the wrong side of the tracks as well as the right side. And you learn that as one character says, "It's hard all over".

When I learned that Chiller Theatre Expo was going to have two of the stars of the film version of The Outsiders (1983),  Ralph Macchio (Johnny) and C. Thomas Howell (Ponyboy)at their event, I knew I had to go. I have been to conventions before and although I am  not a fan girl type, I am a passionate person when it comes to film/tv/books. See..that's just the nerd in me.

Last year I attended with my husband, brother, and sister in law and we has a blast. You can take a peak at who I met here.

Of course I had to dress up again  for this event. I purchased this dress from The Greedy Seagull over the summer and have been waiting patiently to wear it in the fall. Does this dress scream Fall or what?

This dress is one of my favorites and now I want a slew of them with zippers in the front and large pockets on each side! My cardigan was purchased at Target for $17.99, my jewelry purchased via Etsy (the cat sweater clip is my new pride and joy), my flower clips from Claire's Accessories, and lastly my 1950's grey handbag was from missfarfalla.

My copy of The Outsiders was given to me my freshman year of HS by a senior. This copy is not a first edition as they are hard to come by but it is a 1987 hardcover 20th Anniversary edition, with the photos of the cast from the film on the cover.



Most people don't want their books autographed and I am not big on autographs (I sorta think everyone is famous in their own way) but I felt that meeting them and having them put their names in my book would just make my book more special to me and it did! Oh it did! Like I said earlier I am not a fan girl but I was shaking when I met both of them. They are a part of my childhood. I remember watching the film and hanging my poster of the group of guys from the film on my bedroom wall and I remember feeling connected to the character of Ponyboy Curtis.

Meeting them was a special, special moment. 

Others were asking them to sign dvds and posters but I was the only one asking them to sign a book. They both loved my copy to bits and neither had seen that specific copy before. It was so neat to be able to tell them how special it was to meet them. It....was....awesome!

Honorable mentions to two fantastic and utterly inspirational people I met that day as well goes to Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) and Larry Storch (1960s show called F Troop) were both such gentlemen. I adored them both. They loved being there and got to chat with Milo a bit and Larry was just so sweet. He is ninety now and still has his whits about him. It was so nice to meet someone from years gone by, as you can imagine. 



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13 comments

  1. Fabulous dress! Zip fronts are my favorite!

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    1. Thanks Emily! Omg they are divine!!! Need MORE!!! hehe xox

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  2. I am so jealous - I love the Outsiders! Like you, I was totally inspired by S.E. Hinton's success as a teenage author, and always hoped that I would follow in her footsteps. The Outsiders film is one of the few movies that stays pretty close to the book - it is definitely one of my favourites books and movies!

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    1. So neat we have that in common yay! I agree-it is very close to the film which is very rare. The only other book-film I can think off hand that is like the bk is West Side Story...its amazing! Thank you Laurie! xox

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  3. Girl- Orange is your color! Seriously, best outfit post yet!! I need to come to NY to go to Chiller with you, love the pics! x

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    1. I thought of that too-that I need to take you and PJ to this event-its amazeballs! They have it in Oct and Apr! Hehe I love orange-go figure it would look good on me. You don't know til you try right? Thanks babes! xox

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  4. That is all kinds of awesome, honey! I love (!) your dress and how you styled the whole outfit - the tiny hair flowers were an especially darling touch.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jess! I was thrilled when I found this dress and in my size-I def have to find more hehe xox

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  5. Oh what a great day for you! I loved this movie as well. I have not seen it on years. Glad you got to see all these great characters. Love the outfit:)

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    1. Thank you Joanna-it was such a special moment. So glad we were able to do it! Thank you!! xox

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  6. OMG Ralph Macchio!!! I love your dress! I am a huge fan of zip-front dresses- they're the best! Comfy and gorgeous. You look beautiful! I cannot imagine how awesome your day must've been. ;)
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  7. Really cool I loved that book
    Kate the old fashioned wAy

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  8. I loved The Outsiders when I was a teenager, the book, I gave never seen the film. I liked all of SE Hinton's books, Tex was another favourite.

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