Series: The Help
Published by Penguin on February 10th 2009
Genres: realistic fiction, historical, adult, literary, Fiction
The wildly popular New York Times bestseller and reading group favorite
Aibileen is a black maid in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, who's always taken orders quietly, but lately she's unable to hold her bitterness back. Her friend Minny has never held her tongue but now must somehow keep secrets about her employer that leave her speechless. White socialite Skeeter just graduated college. She's full of ambition, but without a husband, she's considered a failure. Together, these seemingly different women join together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter their destinies and the life of a small town...
This might be a slightly different review than usual for me when it comes to a book to movie adaptation.
In this rare occasion, I saw the movie first. In fact, I watched the movie about ten times over a two-three period before I even could get my book properly ordered (I went around to about four different local stores, even the dreaded Wal-Mart, to try and find it on a shelf first so I wouldn’t have to wait). I’m not one to normally do this because I like to go into books without much knowledge if there’s an accompanying film later/already released. Not that I’m not one of those readers that get obsessive over book to movie adaptations. I’ve come to terms that they’re two different forms of entertainment and I try to not get so picky over details between them.
However, I still do have a process and here’s where I made my mistake, and will learn from it in the future. If possible to avoid, I can’t watch a movie a dozen times and immediately rush to read its book right after. There’s something in this process that doesn’t work so well for me. I found myself stumbling and getting bored, wanting to just put on the movie again because it was available and beautiful, and I could just be lazy like that. Did this mean the book was terrible? In no means at all! I just have to advise myself not to go about this form again– or give myself more time between the two at least. The Help easily tells one of the best stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of having in my life. I’m only sorry I took so long getting to this, both the movie and the book. It’s going to be re-read, re-watched, and recommended to everyone.