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Re: Are there still Outsiders fans out there?
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2015, 11:46:44 PM »
That's an interesting take on Catcher. It's been over a decade since I've read it, but I honestly don't remember thinking it was satirical. I got more of a tormented internal struggle vibe from the book. He's constantly criticizing the phoniness of others, but he's at least as guilty as any other character in being phony. He was a scared kid trying to fit in, and I didn't read that as an allegory on anti-conventionalism. Either way, I think think the proto-hipster moniker still fits.

I believe that you nailed that review of Catcher, cptBacon.

I saw the movie 'The Outsiders' when I was in junior high. That, and 'Grease' made me want to be a greaser. I read the book years later- I have to say the movie was pretty accurate. It made me read 'Rumble Fish' and a few others of S.E. Hinton's books.

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Re: Are there still Outsiders fans out there?
« Reply #26 on: May 27, 2015, 07:02:37 AM »
The Outsiders was an amazing book, and I still quote it to this day. One of the most memorable books we read in school.

Never got to read Catcher in the Rye, unfortunately. But I think our curriculum made up for it--my school seemed to have some weird hard-on for speculative fiction and sci-fi, so a lot of our reading got to be short stories about robots gaining humanity and the like. Interesting stuff for tiny existential crises in preteen form to read.