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10 ‘The Outsiders’ Quotes to Help You Stay Gold

Just over fifty years ago, in 1967, S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders became the first YA novel to hit shelves. Its earnest, emotional tone resonated deeply with teenagers… probably because its author was one. At fifteen years old, S.E. Hinton didn’t want to read another book about proms (which, to be fair, tend to have all the emotional depth of the punch bowl). She wanted to write about the socioeconomic divisions she saw altering the lives of her classmates—a phenomenon no one would address. After her friend was jumped on the way home from the movies, Hinton began writing a story about her friend’s beating. But she realized it was more than that.

The manuscript editors would eventually see was Hinton’s third draft of the novel. In the end, they hardly changed any of her writing, making only minor suggestions (example: ‘maybe if Dally whips out a gun, he should have had a gun prior to this scene’). Thus, Hinton’s voice remained earnest and open in a way only a teenager can be.


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Hinton’s novel set the precedent for YA fiction, a genre which continues to break conventions and share marginalized voices. The Outsiders is an empathetic and heartfelt novel that encourages people to see beyond their differences (or, more specifically, to see that inequality is the REAL enemy). It also probably made you wish you owned a leather jacket—which you should—and a switchblade—which you probably shouldn’t.

Check out these ten quotes, and remind yourself to stay gold!



1. “They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.” 



2. “Can you see the sunset real good on the West side? You can see it on the East side too.” 



3. “Get smart and nothing can touch you.” 



4. “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”



5. “Sixteen years on the streets and you can learn a lot. But all the wrong things, not the things you want to learn. Sixteen years on the streets and you see a lot. But all the wrong sights, not the things you want to see.” 



6. “That’s why people don’t ever think to blame the Socs and are always ready to jump on us. We look hoody and they look decent. It could be just the other way around – half of the hoods I know are pretty decent guys underneath all that grease, and from what I’ve heard, a lot of Socs are just cold-blooded mean – but people usually go by looks.” 



7. “They used to be buddies, I thought. They used to be friends, and now they hate each other because one has to work for a living and the other comes from the West Side.” 



8. “You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There’s still lots of good in the world.” 



9. “If we don’t have each other, we don’t have anything.” 



10. “Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold.”



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On This Day in 1967: ‘The Outsiders’ First Published

On April 24th, 1967, The Outsiders was published as a cheap, drugstore paperback, in a time before the YA fiction market even existed.

Author S.E. Hinton started writing her famous book at just fifteen—and, amazingly enough, this wasn’t even the first book she wrote! She reveals in an interview for Entertainment Weekly that in middle school she wrote a book about The Civil War, commenting that she has “no idea what [she] thought [she] knew about the Civil War.” 

The premise of The Outsiders, though, was something she knew about from her experiences with a divided community that closely paralleled the deep cultural division between the “Socs” and the “Greasers.”

She relates, for instance, that the opening scene of the book—when Ponyboy is jumped while he walks home alone from the movies—was inspired by one of her friends getting jumped in real life. And yes, she says, her friends were really called “Greasers!”  


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Matt Dillon and S.E. Hinton on the set of Rumble Fish

Later in the interview, she reveals:

“I get so many letters from people saying, “You changed my life.” That scares me. I love getting letters saying, “I never liked to read, but I read your book, and now I’m going on to read other books.” But the “You changed my life” stuff is scary, because who am I to change anybody’s life? But I’ve learned to deal with it by thinking, The Outsiders was meant to be written, and I got chosen to write it. The rest of ’em, I just wrote, but The Outsiders was supposed to be there.”

Even today, during a time when the YA fiction market is thriving, this book still feels different from a lot of other books for young readers. In most fiction you read in middle school, like The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, there’s a clear “bad guy” and a “good guy.” I think The Outsiders still feels original because it doesn’t pretend that good and evil are such distinct categories—the real villain in The Outsiders is the socioeconomic disparity that divides the Socs and the Greasers in the first place. Hinton does a thorough job of showing the reality of both sides, like when Cherry Valance says, “Maybe the two different worlds we live in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”


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The Outsiders gained further staying power and widespread fame when it was adapted into an 1983 film adaptation directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starring celebrities like Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Tom Cruise. Mandi Bierly writes for HBO that the

“performances can be endearingly green and melodramatic at times; given the actors’ ages, the fast-moving plot, and the heightened teen emotions (“Let’s do it for Johnny, man! We’ll do it for Johnny!”), it’s to be expected. But there are also moments that ring so true, you feel them scarring your heart the way only teen dramas can: ‘I used to talk about killing myself all the time. Man, I don’t want to die now. It ain’t long enough. Sixteen years ain’t gonna be long enough.'”

Whether in the form of a book or a movie, the message of The Outsiders clearly resonates with teens. Hopefully, it will continue to remain popular reading for young readers for decades to come!


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Taiwanese Classic Teen Novella ‘Little Daisy’ Becomes Film Adaptation ‘The Outsiders’

It took fourteen years to finally adapt Luo Xin‘s web fiction Little Daisy (Chinese: 小雛菊 Xiao Chuju) for the big screen. The novella, which tells a story about eternal love and sacrifice between a good girl and a street bad boy, has been successfully turned into a TV series The Outsiders (Chinese: 鬥魚 Dou Yu; meaning “Fighting Fish”) in 2004. This summer, this hot-blood melodrama is ready to rekindle our memories of those unperished heart beats.



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Little Daisy (2003) and The Outsiders: TV series (2004)  | Image via Readmoo and KKBox



The story of The Outsiders revolves around the love between Yu Hao, the leader of a group of gangsters who is loyal to his sworn brothers (Shan Zi and Yang Xiong Qi), and Xiao Yan Zi, a good girl who dreams of becoming a pianist. The two teenagers, as if a bird and fish, never know each other until one day Xiao Yan Zi runs into the injured and bloodied Yu Hao in the streets and saves him. From that day on, Yu Hao falls in love with this innocent and sincere girl and starts to pursue her. In the beginning, Xiao Yan Zi rejects him and feels annoyed by Yu Hao’s relentlessness. However, being moved by Yu Hao’s integrity, Xiao Yan Zi gives up her simple life and chooses to love Yu Hao and his world.




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The Outsiders: Film (2018) | Image via COOL-STYLE 潮流生活網



Set in 1987 when Taiwanese government just suspended the Martial Law, the new cast wear vintage costumes-khaki uniforms, bell-bottoms, and pleated skirts (Yes, we do have to wear uniforms in Taiwanese high school). According to the producer Ko Yi-ching, the settings will be nostalgic as well, including wooden furniture, military dependents’ village, campus heart-shaped love letters, MTV, and street racers. 




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Xiao Yan Zi (Gingle Wang) and Yu Hao (Charles Lin) | Image via GQ Taiwan



The 1980s Taiwanese style | Image via GQ Taiwan



Vintage costume and campus | Image via 中時電子報



In the newly released trailers, fans are surprised by the reunion of the original cast in The Outsiders: TV series. Xiao Yan Zi (Ady An) and Shan Zi (Blue Lan) encounter each other with an implicit melancholy. What does this touch of sadness mean? Ko claimed that an unexpected twist and turn will be embedded in the latest adaptation.



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The original cast: Blue Lan and Ady An | Image via Love News 新聞快訊



I remember the time when the internet was new and I squatted in front of my computer (with the Dial-up Internet access!) reading Little Daisy (2003) online. I was a junior high boy and totally moved by the romance and brotherhood described in the novella. In the following year, with the big success of The Outsiders: TV series, the theme song-Taiwanese band F.I.R’s Lydia-also became big then. The song starts with a piece of Spanish hymn: “Por los momentos dificiles, ya entendí que la flor más bella sería siempre para mi” (For the difficult moments, I finally understood that the most beautiful flower was the one that would always bloom for me).  The melody and the lyrics beautifully echo the legendary love in Little Daisy and The Outsiders.





Now, Lydia is back in the film adaptation! My body can’t help but shake when I heard the revival of the familiar melody. I’m ready to throw myself into the tunnel of Time, and refresh the memories of Taiwanese classic teen drama. The local debut of The Outsider will be on August 17th. See you guys in the theatre! For the international debut, I will keep you, the ones whose interests have been peaked by my article, in the loop!





To those Taiwanese unwearied heart beats!


Note: The novella 小雛菊 hasn’t been translated into other languages; Little Daisy is my own translation.


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