The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

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The Greasers

"...most greasers do things like that, just like we wear our hair long dress in blue jeans and

T-shirts, or leave our shirttails out and wear leather jackets and tennis shoes or boots."

(Hinton, 3)

In the sixties, the world was a different place. Back then, most society's were divided. There was probably a park or a train station or something along the lines to separate the upper class and middle class. Maybe it's still like this way; but nowadays the poor and the rich may exchange a few unkind words. However, in The Outsiders, it wasn't just a few words tossed around. Punches were thrown, kicks were aimed, and even knives were made to scar. Today's world is a different one than it was just 50 years.

The Outsiders (1983) - Movie Trailer

The Outsiders-The Movie

In 1983, Francis Coppola finished directing The Outsiders. Not all movies are strictly based on the book, if they were, then they would days long. However, the least directors could do is keep the main ideas and points consistent. For example, in the novel, Ponyboy(protagonist) hugs both his brothers, Sodapop and Darry together. In the film, he hugs Sodapop first then moves on to hug Darry. This may not seem as if it is a big deal, but the way I see it, it is showing that Ponyboy cares more for Sodapop than he does Darry- which is false. Another difference between both successes is that Ponyboy's teacher coerced him to write, which led to the story of The Outsiders. However, in the film, Ponyboy seems to start writing simply out of the get-go. Also, in the very beginning when Ponyboy comes home late, Darry cracks a slap against his cheek; yet in the film, he pushes Ponyboy against the wall violently. This action makes Darry more violent than he is portrayed to be in the book. In all, although the film strays form the novel, it is a great example of what a book-based movie should be like.