My letter to S.E. Hinton by Bella

Dear S.E. Hinton,

I just wanted to start off this letter saying how much I enjoyed The Outsiders. There was a great message and the book was really descriptive.

One of the unique things I liked about your book was how much compassion and depth you put into your writing. There were so many emotions throughout the story that your readers came across. For example at the beginning of the story you readers felt happy then they were taken into an emotional rollercoaster. The sadness of Ponyboy and Johnny running away, killing of Bob, the end of the story when Dally and Johnny die. A few of the motions that occurred to me was happiness, concern, and sadness.

As a female reading the outsiders it was interesting reading in a boy’s point of view. Why did you write in a boy’s point of view and not a girl? Was it hard or challenging? The story was written in Ponyboy’s point of view but what was your inspiration of choosing a boy to be the main character and not a girl.

Now there a millions of copies of books and movies sold of your story. During your writing process did you ever envision your book to become this big? Did you ever think there would be a movie to go with it? You started writing the story at a very young age what did you expect of it back then? With such a strong and bold message did you have that instinct that it would become something huge?

Also, while reading this story it was very hard to just come up with one theme. You put in so much detail that it was hard to pick just one theme. You explored the concepts of family, love, heroism, stereotypes and changes. Did you want to focus on different themes or was your originally want to focus on one?

One of the main things I learned from your story was to be really aware how stereotypes and cliques can affect you. Cliques and stereotypes are at my school but I never realized how much of an impact it makes. In the Outsiders cliques basically defined who and what their identity was. In modern time cliques are milder but they still played a huge impact.

I look forward to reading more of your stories in the future.