Stay Gold, Coppola

In middle school, one of my favorite books was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I must have read it twenty times. Then I found a copy of the VHS and watched that repeatedly, too. There’s a lot of argument pitting books against their movie versions, and for The Outsiders I loved both. So it was awesome to see today’s Letters of Note, in which a school librarian and her students helped bring The Outsiders to Francis Ford Coppola, who ultimately directed the film. The first letter:

Click through to see the full exchange. It’s really heartwarming to see how one librarian aide’s letter helped create a fantastic movie. And it’s a great lesson in never doubting that your voice can make a difference. Maybe it won’t come to anything–but maybe it will.

(image via Letters of Note)

2 thoughts on “Stay Gold, Coppola

  1. marydpierce says:

    Ha! I just got done reading these letters. (I love getting Letters of Note.) I loved that book, too, but I hadn’t ever seen the movie. Must rectify that ASAP.

    Hurray for dedicated librarians and teachers everywhere!

  2. Karen says:

    I was one of the students at that school. I can’t tell you how much it meant to us, you’ll just have to imagine how cool it was to go to a movie premiere with C.Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, and Patrick Swayze when you are 13 years old. Mrs. Misakian was phenomenal, and taught so many of us not only the love of reading, but that if you can accomplish more than you dream possible if you’re just willing to try.

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