Quotes by: S. E. Hinton

S. E. Hinton
Born Susan Eloise Hinton
(1948-07-22) July 22, 1948 (age 68)[1]
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1967–present
Genre Young-adult novels, children's books, screenplays[2][3]
Notable awards Margaret Edwards Award

I grew up here and my friends are here. There's nothing wrong with here.
S. E. Hinton
Sometimes, I feel like I spent the first part of my life wishing to be a teen-age boy, and the second part condemned to being one.
S. E. Hinton
I do feel that the boys are getting left out. Girls will read boys' books, but boys won't read girls' books. If you're writing for a girl, you've got most of the audience on your side anyway.
S. E. Hinton
I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
S. E. Hinton
When I was young, all the books were about a Mary Jane and the football player and the prom and ending up with the quiet guy and making your mom happy.
S. E. Hinton
'The Outsiders' died on the vine being sold as a drugstore paperback.
S. E. Hinton
The thing is, the Tulsa experience that I wrote about in 'The Outsiders' is closer to the universal experience than it would be if I wrote it from L.A. or New York. It's an everyman story.
S. E. Hinton
I just felt being part of my peer group so strongly. I was immersed in teen culture, but not taken in by it.
S. E. Hinton
Since I am first of all a character writer, that character's emotions are as vivid to me as my own. I always begin with an emotion after I have established a character in my mind. I feel what they feel. I guess that is why it comes across so strongly.
S. E. Hinton
I grew up with my cousins, who were as close as brothers, and frankly, I didn't like what girls were expected to do. I liked horseback riding, playing football, going to rodeos. I wanted to be in jeans all the time, and I couldn't figure out why I was supposed to conform to a certain standard, so I didn't.
S. E. Hinton
I was a 'young adult' when I wrote 'The Outsiders,' although it was not a genre at the time. It's an interesting time of life to write about, when your ideals get slammed up against reality, and you must compromise.
S. E. Hinton
My husband and I get along great. We're both introverts, and it's hard to make new friends.
S. E. Hinton
More people thought I was strange because I was a teenage novelist, not because I was from Oklahoma. That's where I got the looks like I was from the zoo.
S. E. Hinton
When I was in high school, the genders were so separate from each other. If you weren't 'dating' somebody, you couldn't just be friends with somebody.
S. E. Hinton
Any writer who gives a reader a pleasurable experience is doing every other writer a favor because it will make the reader want to read other books. I am all for it.
S. E. Hinton

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