Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Staying Gold

"...But I didn't just write The Outsiders, I lived it. Looking back, I realize how important it was for me to have another life at that time. To be someone else. To deal with problems I had to face, and write my way to some sort of understanding and coping. This is all hindsight. At the time, I was mad about the social situation in my high school. I desperately wanted something to read that dealt realistically with teen-age life.
I knew I was going to be a writer."
~ S. E. Hinton

She is my role model, along with J. K. Rowling. While J. K. Rowling shows the world that you can come from nothing and be one of the most influential people out there, S. E. Hinton really makes her mark as one of the greatest teenage writers of her time. It's crazy; one day, she was angry and started writing a short story about a boy that gets beat up by "nice and popular" kids on his way home from the movies. At age fifteen. On the day of her graduation, she got her publishing contract. That's insane. And I want to be just that.
I want to make my mark.


  1. I loved that book! We just read it in class and I loved it I flew through it. And I didn't know that about her. Thank you! Cause she's now on my list of inspirations!


  2. I started That Was Then, This is Now. Fantastic book! Its horrible I lost it.... But that's the great thing about the library. I have to read The Outsiders. My dad raves about how much he loved it when he was a kid. If you ever buy a copy of That Was Then, This is Now, look for extra things in the back. In mine, there was a letter from S.E. Hinton and a summary of how she wrote her second book after The Outsiders was such a wonderful hit.

    Anyway, I really loved this post :)

    <3 <3

  3. Your write amazing Jade, you will make your mark.

  4. I'll put this book on my 'to read' list :)

    I hope you'll make your mark too, you sure write good enough!

  5. Shay- i did, too! i'd love Soda as my brother, ha ha. all the characters seem so true and real, like i've known them forever.

    ↘Cassidy↙- thanks :)

    Gabrielle- really? it was a good book? i'll be sure to check it out next time i'm at the bookstore :)
    ...yeah, my mom and dad liked it too

    Brookie- yeah, i do too. that's my dream. hope it happens for you :)

    Joy- thank you so much!; i hope so

    Ruth- you should! you won't regret reading it! thanks! i hope you make your mark as an artist, or photographer, so something creative, too :)

    my 100th post is up next! be sure to stop by and check it out!
    ...any ideas too?

  6. Wow, I looked up The Outsiders online, and it looked like a good book.... I'm going to have to read it!

    I couldn't believe more about what you just wrote; that's exactly how I feel. I mean, wouldn't it be great if you could step out of high-school with a foot-holding already within the world; a niche you've already found?

  7. hey, jade! i'm nominating you for blogfest! (read my blog for info on that)

    you're in the most inspirational blog catagory and best pictures on blog sidebar catagory! :)

  8. I LOVE HER. Have you read any of her other books? "That Was Then, This Is Now" Is a really good one. :) Hope you're well! X's and O's, Hannah. ♥

  9. I love, love, love The Outsiders. I think it would be the most amazing thing to get a book published that young... but I'm so afraid that I won't make my mark, and I'll only disappoint myself.

  10. Great post, Jade! Hinton is an all-time favorite author for me too. The "Outsiders" remains one of the best novels for teens (really everybody!)EVER! Continue to write from the heart as Hinton did and you'll find your way into the hearts and souls of many!

  11. I'm on a photography school! can't wait till your 100th post :)

  12. im very curious for the book now, thanks:)

    great blog xxx

  13. I believe in you♥
    Thanks for the comments.