Reading List: Kathryn Stockett’s The Help at the Movies

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My copy of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help has been sitting on my shelf since October. Every time I look at it, I tell myself I need to read it. Other books just had more priority because of my deadlines. Before I even owned a copy, I heard much praise for it.

Casual acquaintances suggested that I read it, especially since I write about raising my biracial children at I’m Not the Nanny. Other book loving friends recommended the novel to me. We weren’t even talking about books when they mentioned The Help.

When bloggers I just met at Book Blogger Convention were telling me how much they enjoyed the novel, I figure it was time to dust off my copy.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding The Help recently because the movie will be out in August. Here’s a behind the scenes look to the movie:

I didn’t know much about the book except it takes place in Mississippi and was about black women servants. I know, I haven’t even read the book flap yet! Watching the movie trailer for Stockett’s The Help movie sealed the deal.

I need to read this book before the movie comes out. I know that movies are never as good as the book but to me they are different formats so the storytelling needs are different.

What book do you keep meaning to read? Do you prefer to read the book before or after you see the movie?

About Thien-Kim

Thien-Kim is Editor of From Left to Write. She sneaks in her reading time late at night after her family is sound asleep. She also writes at I'm Not the Nanny.


  1. My book club liked this book and had a terrific discussion, mostly by the women who grew up in that era in the south. We had black and white participants and it was just lovely to watch the interaction and healing.

    I have to read the book before the movie, or I never get around to reading the book!

  2. I always prefer to read the book before the movie and the book is usually way better, although like you I do believe that a movie can be good just different. I watched the clip you showed and Skeeter is not supposed to be that attractive. That’s Hollywood, unfortunately.

    The Help is one of my favorite recent reads. You must drop whatever you are doing and read it right now!
    I think it’s going to be big movie. I want to see it and haven’t seen a movie in YEARS! Who has time?


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