When there are movies made from books, I must read the book before I see the movie. I can sit through a movie knowing the story, but I can't bear to spend the hours and hours (and hours) it takes to read the book if I know how it's going to turn out at the end.
I waited much too long to read this book.
I'm not going to ruin the story for those of you who haven't read it yet. Without giving anything away, I'll tell you that it's inspiring, funny, heart-wrenching and a darn good read. It's in the top 5 for books I've read in the past year.
It took a few chapters for me to totally get the dialect, and I admit I sometimes forgot who was telling the story as it was told from the perspectives of three characters, but overall it was an amazing novel. Hugely important was that it's Kathryn Stockett's first novel. I love me a super-successful debut.
I watched the movie last weekend. It was great, but if you're a reader, wait to see the movie til after you read the book. They left some things out of the movie and changed stuff too. The Mississippi scenery was amazing (yes, it was filmed there, I checked).
Skeeter was supposed to have bad hair - her trademark in the book.
Well, this is what MY curly hair looks like on a very good day. Hollywood, I am so offended.
Speaking of amazing curly redheads (her hair is seriously spectacular), I have a friend who writes a book blog. She's the one who introduced me to the Harry Potter series a dozen or so years ago, and I will be forever thankful to her for that. Check her out at:
And because you can't talk about The Help without reference to the infamous pie incident, you knew my DavidsTea was going to be a chocolate one...
Dessert in a mug. Tastes like a mild After Eight. NO caffeine, so you can guzzle a few after dinner and won't be up all night cursing me.