I have not seen "The Help" yet, nor have I read the book.
I have heard rave reviews of both.
The tale is told from the point of view of three narrators: Aibileen Clark, a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children, and who has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson, an African-American maid whose back-talk towards her employers results in her having to frequently change jobs, exacerbating her desperate need for work as well as her family's struggle with money; and Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan, a young white woman and recent college graduate who, after moving back home, discovers that a maid that helped raise her since childhood has abruptly disappeared and her attempts to find her have been unsuccessful. The stories of the three women intertwine to explain how life in Jackson, Mississippi revolves around "the help", with complex relations of power, money, emotion, and intimacy tying together the white & black families of Jackson.
I have asked friends who have read and watched "The Help", and one reputable opinion (thanks Shannah!) said: "Usually I find film adaptations a ruiner but this film totally proved me wrong. Strong performances guaranteed to make you laugh and cry."
Another friend who has seen the movie just recently too, can be quoted as saying - "An excellent film. Not a chick flick but a drama. It was such a great film I would actaully watch it again. Good story line, interesting characters and I would highly recommend it."
My lovely "help" (our georgeous 17 year old babysitter!) sent me a text to tell me that "Yeah, can babysit. You'll ♥ THE HELP. It rocked. Book is totes cool too."
So I am starting the book this evening, and have a hot date booked in to see the movie next Friday night.
And lucky for you, I have a brand spanking new copy of "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett to giveaway as well as an all season pass for two adults to go and see "The Help" at the movies too.
So, if you win, we can compare notes - is the book always better than the movie?
All you need to do to be in with a chance to win "The Help" package (book and movie tickets) is:
1. Make sure you are following my blog
2. Leave me a comment telling me your fave novel/movie adaptation, and why...
Open to Australian resisdents only.
This is a quick giveaway - entries close midday Tuesday 20th September, with a winner will be chosen by Random.Org and announced Tuesday evening. Tickets and book will be Express Posted out to the winner.