In english we have spent the past few months reading and discussing ‘The Outsiders’ by S. E. Hinton. It is the story about the relationship between two rival gangs and it’s told from the view of a young teenage boy called Ponyboy.
After we had then watched the movie we discussed if we think the movie properly captured the theme of the book.
In many ways I think that the director did a good job of turning the book into a movie. However I also think that many of the characters were not shown exactly the way that S. E. Hinton had intended. In the book one of the most important characters was Ponyboy’s brother, Soda Pop. However in the movie he hardly even appeared.
Another difference between the movie and the book is that in the book you get to see the sides of both gangs in detail as Ponyboy has an in-depth conversation with one of the Socs (the rival gang). In the movie however this conversation is missing so you do not understand the good side of the Socs and so you think that they are all bad people.
In conclusion I would say that the movie was mainly faithful to the book as the story line was still the same. However I did enjoy the book more than the movie as you got a more in depth view of the story.