The Help

Cover of "The Help"

As I’ve stated early, I am not a crowd follower when it comes to choosing a book to read or a movie to watch. A largely hyped book is one that I usually relegate to the bottom of the TBR (to be read) pile but sometimes a bit of serendipity occurs and I have actually read a book before the rest of the world jumps on the bandwagon.  The Help is one such book. It came out in February 2009 and someone at the library I worked at read it as soon as it came out, sang its praises and by summer quite a few of us had already devoured it and loved it.
We were so excited that The Help was being made into a movie, and ran right out to see it as soon as it was released. What a great adaptation of a novel! So many times the movie doesn’t live up to the images you’ve created in your mind, but in this case I felt just the opposite. The actors were brilliant and made the characters come alive on screen. Not an easy thing to do, especially when so many people have read the novel and already feel connected to the story. So, I’ve been glad to see the movie get so many award nominations.

I tuned in at the end of the SAG awards last night and was ecstatic to see Viola Davis win Best Actress,  Octavia Spencer win Best Supporting Actress and the entire cast win Outstanding Performance by a cast! Congratulations!
The best part was when the cast departed from the stage, after their win, a la The Mary Tyler Moore show. If you don’t remember the final show of MTM you should go back and watch the final few minutes it’s brilliant!