don't even get me going about The Outsiders.
My cousin snuck a copy of it to me when i was 11 or 12, i think. My mom caught me with it and took it away. She thought it might be too violent for me. My cousin snuck me another copy. Mom confiscated that one too. Third time's a charm!
I have read that book so many times that I can't pretty much quote it from heart as well as the movie. I memorized the Robert Frost poem and can still recite it from heart:
Nature's first green is gold
Her hardest hue to hold
Her early leaf's a flower
But only so an hour
Then leaf subsides to leaf
So Eden sank to grief
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay
(i'm sure i screwed something up there)
I started buying Tiger Beat and had the special Outsiders Edition. i had scribblers full of Outsiders stuff. I informed my mother that when i had children they were going to be named after characters from the book. She was far from impressed when she learned that she might one day have grandsons named Ponyboy and Sodapop.
(Maybe it's a blessing that I won't be having kids!
Ah, i could go on all night. Maybe i'll have sweet dreams of C. Thomas Howell and Matt Dillon tonight.