‘If you want a great gay novel, write it’
More than 50 years ago, a Tulsa high school student wrote a novel about the conflict between “greasers” and rich kids. S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders became a young adult classic. It was made into a movie in 1983.
Hinton wrote other young-adult novels featuring working-class Oklahomans in the ’60s and ’70s.
Some readers think two of her Outsiders‘ characters are gay. Hinton says they’re not.
“Want a great gay novel,” she tweeted. “Write it.”
She added: “I am a heterosexual writer writing about heterosexual characters. Being attacked for being heterosexual.”
How am I supposed to know what a gay character goes through? Not writing about the black experience either. I can’t know that!
If she did feature gay or black characters, wouldn’t she be guilty of cultural appropriation?