• I haven’t seen it and don’t plan to. I enjoyed your mother’s review.

    • Hi Kristin!! THANKS so much for stopping by and checking out my conversation with mom about “The Help” movie. I’m just thankful and blessed that I was able to experience this movie with my mom. I knew if I wanted to know the truth about the life of a black maid during those difficult times, she would be the one to tell me the truth because . . . she lived it!

  • Cathy Read

    Please tell your mother thank you for being wiling to have her voice heard on your blog.  I was very moved by the book though not entirely comfortable with the notion that the author could truly write in the voices of all the characters, and after hearing from your mother I think I get why a whole lot more.  I’ve been hesitant to see the film, partly because right away it looked too pretty in the trailers. Thanks for sharing your mom’s words with us.  No wonder you are such a strong, compassionate, awesome woman, Marlive! 

    • Hey Cathy thanks for stopping bye. I will certainly pass your words of thanks on to mom. I knew hearing from someone who lived it would be more important than anything I could have ever said about this movie. I’m glad that you read the book too, for it gives you plenty to compare and call attention to while viewing the film. Thanks so much for those words of praise too sis!

  • Robyn

    Hello my friend! This is Reclaiming Kin here, and I enjoyed your latest post. You know, I don’t read a lot of fiction but when I read the Help I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the book more than the movie. I enjoyed your mom’s assessment. It is clear to me that a white woman wrote it. But, I tell everybody, especially since I fancy myself a writer–at the end of the day it’s a story, and its the story SHE wanted to tell. And it was a good one. It doesnt have to address everybody’s social, political, revolutionary, historical needs…I don’t think any piece of art can do that. Think about ‘The Color Purple’ and how much Alice Walker she caught. The real beauty in it for me is that people like your mom & others who lived that reality get the focus & attention they well deserve. I dont think there exists a black family today who didnt have relatives working as domestics.

  • Hey Robyn sis! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about this novel and film with me. 

    I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed the book!! I usually try to read the novel first then see the film. But that wasn’t the case for me this time. I saw this film first, then read the novel recently. I agree, the novel is much better than the film. But I find that my overall perspective about this film and novel hasn’t change — that this one was written more for whites, than for blacks. Every time any of us pick up a book, we bring to it a body of knowledge and experiences that will either allow our suspension of disbelief with fiction to take over, or not. It just didn’t happen for me with this one, but that’s okay. You’re absolutely right too — at the end of the day it is just a story and one that SHE wanted to tell! 2 of the 5 Laws of Library Science I think really says it best about all the readers and the books that they read and love:
    Law #2 – Every reader his [or her] book.
    Law #3 – Every book its reader 

    My mom finds all this talk about the book and film very interesting. It was truly wonderful to take her to see this film and hear her thoughts about it too!

  • Nia

    This is exactly how I felt about the movie. I thought it presented a situation, but barely touched on the truth of it. Moreover, Viola is a fantastic actress, and for a while they were talking about Oscar nomination for her role in this movie. That really annoys me, she’s one of the best talents today and she gets recognition for playing a maid.