Saturday, 17 September 2011

Is the book always better than the movie? (A giveaway)


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.



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46 comments:

  1. I'm not entering this comp because I have already won something fantastic. But I just had to contribute my current fave adaptation which is the pride and prejudice movie with Keira Knightley. FInally a period piece which follows the story and portrays the class distinction in the actual physical environment. My all time fave book, my all time fave movie and the BBC series my all time face TV adaptation. Good luck to all.

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  2. Oooh, that's a tough one, I often feel let down by movies if I've read the book first. Must say I walked out of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie (Swedish version of course) saying "Well done, they didn't screw it up."
    And the Lord of the Rings trilogy was superb, Tolkien would have enjoyed that.
    Perhaps some of Stephen King's too... oh, maybe there's more good ones than I thought, hah ;)

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  3. Generally speaking I think the book is always better than the movie! Although, to be completely honest, I did like the Jane Austen movies as they were so much easier to understand than ye olden day English of the books.

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  4. Without a doubt, "To Kill A Mockingbird" (I'm get goosebumps just typing that!)
    Quite simply, the finest book I've ever read.
    The film adaptation could not have been better - mainly because Gregory Peck really IS Atticus Finch as far as I'm concerned!
    I wonder if you are also a fan of the book and/or movie?

    Thank you for a great comp!
    jarradmarsha@gmail.com

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  5. Oooh. I have been wanting to see this one too. The girls' social life got in the way of my own the other week and I missed out. *violins playing* Hahahaha.

    Anyway, I haven't actually read the book but The Notebook is my favourite movie. Being that I have next to no time to read these days, I'm lucky the movie was so good!

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  6. Hi Lucy! I live in Florida so I cannot be involved in the giveaway, but I have to say my favorite book to film adaptation was The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. So true to the books, richly detailed, and superbly acted. I used to teach in Japan, and have friends in Adelaide.

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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  7. I always like the book better than the movies. The best adaptation of a movie from a book for me, I think I'm going to look a little weird... was Frank Herbert's Dune. I love sci-fi and I think the movie did a pretty good job translating the books, even though it wasn't a blockbuster. Thanks for all you do.
    Tammy

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  8. I like to read the book first, watch the movie then go back and re-visit the book. It's always interesting to see if film makers got it right.
    This story definitely sounds worth the read/view.

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  9. Oh I like My sisters keeper. both are good, but both are different. I think people get hung up on the fact that a movies should be exactly the same, but most movies would be far too long if that was the case.

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  10. For me, it's The Shawshank Redemption. Wonderfully written by Stephen King, and portrayed brilliantly on screen by some great actors. Definitely my favourite book/movie adaptation by far!!

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  11. I remember watching "Romeo & Juliet" with Leonardo DiCaprio in high school and finally understanding the story. I couldn't quite get my head around all the language of Shakespeare but it made sense in the movie.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. Hi Lucy xo

    Something really bad is going on with my computer- tried following you as Babycakequeen (or feline1981), which Im sure I already am so "Charli frank" logged in as me! So you might have 3 followers instead of 1!!!

    My fave adaptation would be To Kill A Mockingbird. I'm an English teacher and it never fails to show a struggling class this film and the hard to grasp languague melts away as empathy, compassion and understanding for Atticus shows as the power of hatred and discrimination takes over.

    My favourite scene is near the beginning where Scout is "walking like an Egyptian!"

    feline19811@hotmail.com
    Amanda from Amanda's Mummy Jeans

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  13. Eat Pray Love. Hands Down this is in my top 3 most favorite Books of all time. In fact I read it twice and made every one of my friends read it too! For me is was so life changing in that moment I read it. I forever hoped for the movie, and one I heard rumor that there would be a movie - one of my best guy friends and I researched a much as we could to find out the release date. Then we made a date to go together. WELL BECAUSE OF DISTANCE, we went separately but quickly rushed home to discuss it in great detail. The movie was great, but the book was so much better. The million intimate details that are expressed in a book are sometimes hard to portray in a film. However, in rare occasion there is the time where because of a move you can understand the big picture. Every great book requires a movie in my opinion. :) I hope you enjoy 'The Help', that book is on my list and so is the movie. :) Happy Reading!

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  14. I'm just totally going to geek out and admit that the Harry Potter series is my favourite adaption!!

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  15. My fave is shawshank redemption (the novel Different Season by Steven King). No matter how many times I read the book or watch the movie - I still am in awe of Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.

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  16. I almost always enjoy the book more than movie, but I did love Looking For Alibrandi the movie too. I thought the young actors/actresses were great and that the real emotions and connections from the book were really done well.

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  17. I love to read so it is with trepidation that I watch a movie adaption.
    Mary Poppins is one that didn't disappoint all those years ago and it continues to delight my children.
    X

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  18. Always, always the book for me!! I began eagerly awaited the movie version of "Tomorrow when the War began" when I was 14, and read the whole series within 2 weeks. I have read them all a total of four times since then, and then I watched the movie. While it was GREAT, and they stuck to the book quite well, the book won out for me.

    I think the book is better because as you read it, you envision things a certain way. The people, the environment, the movements, accents, colours. Every scene plays out in your mind as vividly as any movie, but no two people 'see' it the same. I find most movie adaptations disappointing because, while they are GOOD movies in and of themselves, they aren't what *I* had imagined it would be like...

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  19. I'm a reader not so much of a movie watcher (although i do enjoy a good movie) I love horror and Stephen King but the only time his adaptions really make the transition well is when he also does the screen play. (Although if i view the movies as being based on his stories i can watch them lol)
    I have really learnt to watch a movie as a stand alone thing because there are so many novel parts that can't be translated to screen.

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  20. Oh so many to choose from...

    many I agree with here - Keira Knightly P&P, Shawshank Redemption, The Lord of the Rings, The Green Mile, The Notebook...

    I have read book and then seen the movie, seen the movie then read the book. Sometimes the film adaptation can be enjoyed purely on its own merits, other times because of the complexitities found in the novel, it changes the story into something that doesn't truely represent the book.

    and now I'm just raving....

    I hope you enjoy The Help Lucy - both novel, and film versions.

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  21. I would love to win this. I want to take my mother in law to see The Help.

    I am very much a book girl myself, the movies hardly ever live up to the expectations I have, but I have to say many do a very good job.

    The Notebook would probably be my fav one, altho all the ones listed in the comments above were very good.

    Eat Pray Love, I think the movie was better. I couldn't get into the book, if that makes sense.

    Thanks for hosting this Lucy! (I do follow already) :)

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  22. Oh, Im all about the Twlight series, cant wait for the next movie later in the year, romance and Vampires......

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  23. Oh I think the book is always better, and I will not go to see a movie until the book is read!

    I think the only time the reverse was true is Forrest Gump. The movie was legendary and much of the book was ridiculous!

    I loved The Road. I think the movie 'worked' so well because it was mostly visual and thought-provoking than it was full of dialogue.

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  24. Oh I think the book is always better, and I will not go to see a movie until the book is read!

    I think the only time the reverse was true is Forrest Gump. The movie was legendary and much of the book was ridiculous!

    I loved The Road. I think the movie 'worked' so well because it was mostly visual and thought-provoking than it was full of dialogue.

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  25. Ohhh! That is a hard one! I don't usually like the movie as much at all! The Notebook was pretty good though!

    Thanks for offering... I'm really hoping to read The Help soon!

    theaussiemommy@gmail.com

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  26. I think "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" was a great adaptation of a moving novel. Jack Nicholson really shone in his role.

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  27. This is a great idea and my book club girls and I have just done this - we read Bridget Jones Diary: Edge of Reason and then watched the dvd together this weekend. The movie was fun because you can interact and laugh about it and see their expressions. But I do love delving into the book because it lasts longer so makes you live in that world for as long as it takes you to read it - a couple of weeks - compared to a couple of hours in the movie. Having said that perving on Colin Firth and Hugh Grant for a couple hours was good too!

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  28. I'm following via GFC as Di from Max The Unicorn. I actually love American Psycho. An intense book by Bret Easton Ellis that was adapted brilliantly for the silver screen. A fantastic central performance by the very talented Christian Bale as serial killer Patrick Bateman.

    djchilds at hot mail dot com

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  29. Without a doubt the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It does the book justice, has fabulous acting and ofcourse half naked Colin Firth! mmmmm yummy!

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  30. Love the Help watched last week very real, love it but hubby couldnt watch it love to gave the tickets to him if i won and love to read it so the book will be for me !! :)

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  31. Oh wow, Lucy, this is a hard one!!! Hmmmm.......I think if I narrow it down to three?? Definitely thought Toy Story the movie rocked it over the book...although that could have been my interpretations of the characters' voices....
    I much prefer Charlie and Lola on screen....although technically that's a show, not a movie....
    And definitely Bridget Jones. Just for Colin Firth.
    (Nah, seriously, I always prefer the book to the movie. Usually, anyway. When I have time to read a book!!)

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  32. can't enter because I'm in the states but usually always love the book more. although i liked "water for elephants" really well. the only movie i thought was better than the book is actually a television show and that's Vampire Diaries. Oh and Pretty Little Liars. And Gossip Girl. Okay so there is a few. I could NOT read all of Vampire Diaries or PLL or GG...but I love the television shows. Can I dedicate my entry to someone in Australia? They can have my prize if I win. :)

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  33. My favourite film adaptation is Charile and the Chocolate Factory. I actually like the old and the new ones. They both pick out great highlights.

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  34. I would love to see 'The Help'. I haven't read the book yet. I don't know about books and movies. I love Stephen King's novel "Misery" so when the time came to see the movie in an old theatre with canvas seats, I was excited. What a disappointment! It could have been a block buster. Other movies have lived up to the book..

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  35. My favourite has already been mentioned - Lord of the Rings trilogy. I just think it did an amazing job of portraying some very fantastical and amazing writing by Tolkien. Epic stuff.

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  36. I really liked the movie version of The Beach as well as the book.

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  37. Not entering - have already seen it, as you know - but just popped in to say that 'The Princess Bride' was a great movie AND book. Very unusual for me to like the movie of a book I love!

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  38. I love Lovely Bones the book and movie for two very different reasons. But that's adaption, the freedom to draw on what speaks to the screenwriter in the book.

    Would LOVE to win this. Looks amazing AND I haven't read the book. i know, total fail. :D

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  39. I wrote a whole blog post on this exact issue (book vs film) just a few days ago!! Dangerous territory but I think the consensus was choose one or the other. I've read the book and LOVED it and don't think I'll be able to stay away from the film!! I'm hopeless!!

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  40. I used to hate the movie from book adaptions but I think that hollywood might be starting to get it right, aka the Harry Potter series were terrific, as were the Lord of the rings trilogy. My first fav though was the Green Mile! It was a perfect magical movie adaption. I would love to read this book and see the movie again (one of my fav movies thats for sure :) )

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  41. I clearly don't read enough... My favourite is Harry Potter... they did a great job with those. Thought I'd add the worst was P.S. I Love You. The book was fabulous but the movie atrocious...

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  42. I think 'Storm Boy' is one that I loved both as a book and a movie. Both make me cry!

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  43. It would have to be BBC's version of Pride and Prejudice - just as good as the book. I'm a follower so fingers crossed

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  44. I think they did a brilliant job of the LOTR trilogy. I'm a huge fan of the books and I wasn't disappointed at all when I saw the movies. I also loved the BBC's Pride & Prejudice adaption. Colin Firth as Mr Darcy?...mmmmmmm!

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  45. My favourite adaptation is the Dexter series. I love the way that the series diverged totally from the books in the first series so I can read the books and they're not spoilers for the series. They're very different but both wonderful.

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  46. Pride and Prejudice. I watched the movie a long time ago, but had never read the book until this year! Have to say, the movie was probably better!

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