Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book Report: The Help

"Never judge a book by its movie."
I saw the poster in the movie theater months ago, and, being completely honest, what attracted me to it at first was Emma Stone. She's been one of my favorite actresses since House Bunny. I kinda wish I was joking, but I'm being totally serious. I love her.

Anyway, someone mentioned it was a book, but it wasn't until I read that the author, Kathryn Stockett, had been turned down for publication 60 times (60 TIMES!) that I knew I had to read the book before I saw the movie. I kinda felt like I owed it to Kathryn for never giving up.

The book was wonderful of course, and I can't wait to see the movie. I kept picturing Emma Stone as Skeeter, then had to double-check with someone who saw it that it was Emma who actually played the part. Can you imagine how thrown off I would have been? That's just good casting right there.

My only complaint is the book is written from three different perspectives. It's my fault I guess. Whenever a book is written this way, it makes it harder for me to get into the character, and, sometimes, I just get down right confused. For example, in the last book I read, it took quite a while before I realized the perspective had even changed. Confused indeed... Don't get me started on Breaking Dawn. I hate. hate. hate. hate. that there are chapters told from Jacob's view. In fact, when I re-read it, I skip over that part. Totally serious...

One last thing, I know the book is fiction, but it's still gut-wrenching to imagine life like that. You know, separate bathrooms and stuff. At times it feels unfathomable, but that's the way it really was. It's really hard for me to process that kind of thinking.

So, I'd love to hear what others thought. Did you read the book? Have you seen the movie? Let me know. There might be something in it for ya, wink?

9 comments:

Erika said...

I read the book awhile ago and I loved it. It was so emotional and gut-wrenching as you say. I think it was a great reminder to treat others as equals. Haven't seen the movie yet. I am a little worried I won't like it as well, but I've heard lots of rave reviews. I want to see it with my hubby, because he read it too!

Ondrea said...

Haven't read or seen it--don't hold that against me. I had family tell me the book was not great and others tell me the movie was too slow. Hmmm, I guess I will just have to partake and decide for myself. :)

The Wedge Family said...

I have been told that the movie is really good and I need to get my friends together and go watch it! I haven't seen it yet, but plan too... I was going to see the movie first and then read the book... maybe I guess I need to read the book first?

Joey and Megan said...

I haven't read the book yet, but I saw the movie and it was fantastic.

Steve and Jen said...

I actaully was going to read the book and had someone recommend that I listen to it on cd instead. Each character was read by a different person, and I have to say I LOVED it. It was so eye opening. It wasn't until I finished it that I found out they were making a movie. I was really excited when I found out. Still haven't seen it yet though. I really like Bryce Dallas Howard, and hope I don't hate her after seeing her portray Hilly.

Another book that is written from differnet perspectives that I loved was "The Poisonwood Bible". If you haven't read it, I recommend it.
Jennifer

Anonymous said...

I have read the book (amazing) and seen the movie (not disappointing). The movie takes a few liberties, as all movies seem to do, but does a good job interpreting the difficult way of life the characters faced which is one of the main themes of the book. Emma Stone did a good job as Skeeter; however, my favorite character was Celia in both the book and movie. She is blind to the racial differences that cause Hilly to be so ignorant and monstrous. I have recommended the book to many, many people and only suggest the movie after reading it.

nelly said...

I listened to it too. I loved that they had different readers for each character. It was a good book. I haven't seen the movie yet.

I tried listening to Breaking Dawn. They have different readers for the different points of view. I don't recommend listening to any of the Twilight books though. The reader is really bad. (in my opinion)

Becoming Luvisi said...

Lori, if it was not in the middle of the semester, I would run out and get this book. Unfortunately, I do not have time for my own readings. However, I look forward to my next break to read a book that you have recommended. :)

Tonya Flores said...

Read the book...saw the movie. LOVED BOTH! You can't ever fit all the details of a book into a movie, but I think they did an excellent job with the movie! You should see it!