The Help by Kathryn Stockett has been on the New York Times Best Seller List since its publication in 2009! The Help has enjoyed its incredible success despite an unfavorable initial review by the Times Janet Maslin.
This August, Dream Works releases the movie The Help starring Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone. Just as I suggested for Water for Elephants, if you are not one of the millions who have already read the book, do so before seeing the movie ! This may not be an easy screen play. There is no traditional love story as in Water for Elephants but the book is filled with villains, heroes, secrets, relationships, compassion drama and of course the underlying theme of race relations. Considerable material for the big screen.
I read The Help when the ink was barely dry and Stockett told her story with incredible insight! The Help and their struggles within an imposed social structure are vividly reflected in what in reality is a memoir. As in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, there is redemption!
Read the book and then see the movie. We will have answers in August! I am hoping for a blockbuster!