Over 50 years after The Outsiders was published, the novel depicting the class struggles between greasers and socs in mid-1960s Tulsa still inspires uncommon devotion among young readers. That fervor spills over into social media, a realm that would be as foreign to Two-Bit, Dally and Sodapop as wearing khakis or listening to The Beatles.
Recently, Hinton showed she can bring the sharp knives in a rhetorical rumble. On Jan. 23, a recent reader of The Outsiders tweeted to the Tulsa-based author, equestrian and Supernatural superfan the following spoiler-filled question, Why did Johnny and Dally have to die in The Outsiders? The reader ended the tweet with an emoji blowing its nose.
Hintons answer: Because I am a stone cold bitch.
Cherry Valance could have said the same thing to Ponyboy when he confronted her about not visiting Johnny in the hospital, but it probably would have gotten The Outsiders banned from CFNs middle school library.