Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Favourites – The Help

If you haven’t already picked up a copy of the The Help by Kathryn Stockett you are missing out. This book was wonderful. It is the story of African American maids in Jackson, Mississippi in the 60′s.

Aibileen, Skeeter and Minny are the main characters who form an unlikely friendship. They take us on a journey and give us their unique perspective on life in Jackson.

I loved this book. I couldn’t put it down. I think I even started talking with a Southern drawl after reading it. So moving – a must read!

How do you read books today? I’ve started reading books on the Ipad. I never thought that I would enjoy reading something on a screen but I actually love it. There’s no book to store afterwards, you get instant access and you can juggle tasks at the same time. The Angels are always asking me to dress their barbies when I’m reading…perfect, you don’t have to put the book down to help them. I’m all for multi-tasking.

Moving on…have you seen the movie yet? YOU MUST! I was hesitant at first. I’m always disappointed with adapted screenplays. I have to say, the screen writer did a bang job on this one.

Yes – some parts of the storyline were altered for film sake. But the overall message was there. I loved how the filmmaker included parts of the book visually without the characters having to explain anything. Well done!

Emma Stone’s Skeeter was loveable. I was rooting for her and all the maids. Octavia Spencer’s Minnie was feisty and funny. She provided necessary comic relief. I loved these women for their strong beliefs and character.

The story both in novel and movie format is compelling, comedic, emotional and inspiring. I laughed, I cried, and I was thoroughly entertained.

I hope you are too!

See you Monday – same time, same place.

Simply Yours,

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