The Help – Book Review
By Stacey Cass/ Tha-One.Icon Writer The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, was published in 2009 and released as a film in 2011. Described as “The other side of gone with the wind”, the book and film have both seen massive success. I usually make a point of trying to read a book before I see the […]
By Stacey Cass/ Tha-One.Icon Writer
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, was published in 2009 and released as a film in 2011. Described as “The other side of gone with the wind”, the book and film have both seen massive success.
I usually make a point of trying to read a book before I see the film it has inspired, but when I went to go see The Help, I had no idea it was based on a very popular novel (I suppose I only really went because the film stars the gorgeous Emma Stone, who I’ve had a girl crush on since Easy A) Fascinated by the film, I decided to give the book a shot, though I didn’t expect too much. I feel seeing the film first usually robs a reader of the chance to form their own imaginary versions of the character and ruins the twists in the plot. This was not the case for The Help. When reading the book I felt like I was right there in Aibileen’s kitchen, part of the secret, and more of the characters motivation was made clear. Side plots entertained me and the main plot deepened in many surprising ways.
I’m usually annoyed when a writer attempts to write in a manner as to get the reader to impersonate the accent, rather than writing the intention of the words, a popular example being the written word “Law” instead of “Lord” yet on these southern women it charmed rather than irritated me. I think the secret to this was in not over using it, just featuring the occasional word, as if to remind the reader of the time and place.
At times this wasn’t strictly needed. Being in my early 20’s and living in England my entire life the horrible treatment of black women, and indeed life in the southern states during the 60’s, seems almost unimaginable. Yet the characters remain so very relatable, each dealing with issues that trouble modern women today. Women like Skeeter, trying to balance her career ambitions and doing the right thing with her relationships with Stuart, her mother and her friends or Minny, struggling to keep her job whilst dealing with an abusive husband.
In summary The Help is an inspiring book about inspiring women and well worth a read, whether you’ve seen the film or not.