Tuesday, September 6, 2011

New Series: Books into Movies "The Help"

Starting this month and every month hereafter, I plan to post about a movie that was originally a book. My goal is to read the book, watch the movie (even movies that I have already saw) and write a post about it.  Once I decided to do this series, I looked up what books were being turned into movies and coming out this year and the next.  Then I thought I should not only focus on recent "books into movies" but also movies that I love and books that I love.  If you are wondering what movie was originally a book, please check out this site.

Title: The Help
Author: Kathryn Stockett
How did I learn about this book?  Everyone and their mama was blogging about it a couple of years ago.
How long did it take you to read it? About a week and a half.
Was it a hard read?  Not at all.
Challenges: Outdo Yourself Challenge

I am going to start off with Kathryn Stockett's "The Help".

I have had this book on my "to read" list since it came out a couple of years ago.  After reading articles about the "controversy" surrounding the book cloud my judgment and decided I no longer had any interest in reading the book.  However after finding out that there was a movie being made and despite my personal feelings, I went ahead and read the book.

The Help is about three Jackson women, two who are black and maids, and one who is a local (white) socialite.  After returning from college, Miss Skeeter (the white socialite) is back home where she finds she is out of place.  No future prospects for husband, no job and with the sudden disappearance of the beloved maid who raised her, all she has to occupy her time is her mother who continues to remind her she is not like the other girls and her two childhood friends that she has not (and probably do not want to) realize that they do not have as much in common as they use to. 

Due to certain circumstances, the three women come together (in secret of course) to write a book about what it is like to work as a black maid for white families in Jackson, MS (even though they would use a factious name).    Lets just say that when the book comes out…….it becomes one big scandal in town!!

Here is what I think:

It has been more than a week since reading the book and a couple of days of seeing the movie.  I can admit that I took this work of "fiction" too seriously and the things I disliked about it would have been valid arguments if this book was written as a nonfiction.   I can tell you that even though I was not fond of the character, Miss Skeeter, I appreciated that they did not have her as the "white savior" such as with movies like Dangerous Minds and Freedom Writers. Even though I did not receive an eye opening experience, I can for sure say that I enjoyed the book.  

The only criticism of the book is that it felt rushed at the end.  I feel that they edited a lot and quickly wrapped everything up with a nice bow.  

I believe that it gave the book justice.  Although they took out some of the characters and watered down some others ones, I did not leave the movie thinking "How could they leave this person out?" I actually enjoyed the character, Miss Skeeter better in the movie than in the book.  

Did it show the book justice? Yes.
Would I buy it? No.
Is it library worthy? Most definitely.

See you in October with the next book turned into a movie!

1 comment:

Literary Marie said...

I enjoyed the movie much as the book. It was very true to the pages.

Like this new series of yours. Looking forward to October's feature.