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  •  Yes read the book too (7+ / 0-)

    There are slight differences in the plot line a bit too....(I won't give them away)

    I just saw the movie yesterday with friends and the make up of the audience was similar but there were some men...?spouses? And in the group I went with, none of  us had help ...ever in our lifetimes...but  perhaps we're from a different region of the country and perhaps a different socioeconomic demographic too ?

     I think there was a greater ability in the book that expanded upon the time it took to get Abilene and for that matter all the other maids to finally talk to Skeeter, and the extent they went to not get caught talking to each other...because they were so fearful of the retribution that might come from it not only from the community, their families, but because of the nature of the era (Jim Crowe-KKK) in the deep south.

    I came away from both with many insights that I did not have prior to reading it a few months ago or from viewing the movie yesterday. Mostly my own ignorance of the era, and the time (especially that region). So in that sense I appreciate that "The Help" educated me in many ways...and opened my eyes to what it was like during that era ...unfortunately.

    I truly think  the Minnie character  was excellent (she was also a victim of domestic violence/abuse from her spouse) . And I like how it portrayed her as the true brains of the group...figuring out their insurance policy for when "The Help" was published by anonyous in their community.

    I wonder if there are individuals around now, similar in age to one of Minnie's daughters who was one of "the help" (she was around 14 during the early 60's in the book)  to discuss it truly from that perspective...and not through the author.

    "So don't call Obama a moderate. Don't call him a centrist. Don't call him a blue dog. Call him what he is...a Republican." OPOL

    by emal on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 12:11:29 PM PDT

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    •  Read this... (12+ / 0-)

      I for one am tired of pandering to perpetrators --- many of whom are opposed to any discussion however it comes. -- soothsayer99 DPK Caucus

      by princss6 on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 12:27:33 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you (5+ / 0-)

        I saw reference eluded to this above ..but didn't see any links.

        "So don't call Obama a moderate. Don't call him a centrist. Don't call him a blue dog. Call him what he is...a Republican." OPOL

        by emal on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 01:10:07 PM PDT

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      •  I did. Intense and unsettling.n/t (4+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Diogenes2008, princss6, sberel, evergreen2

        Conservatism is killing this country. Jayden

        by swampyankee on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 01:56:48 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you (6+ / 0-)

        Now that was a good read.

        I also saw Professor Perry on Twitter, the night she live-tweeted "The Help". I know some here might not appreciate her take on it, but I did, wholeheartedly.

        By the way, the characters in "The Help" are not entirely fictional.

        From "The Grio":

        But this story's success has sparked some questions -- and recently, a lawsuit. Last week, Ableen Cooper filed suit against famed author Kathryn Stockett claiming that the fictional character "Aibleen Clark" is based on her. Cooper, a 60-year-old black woman who has worked for decades as a maid in Jackson, Mississippi, may be shaking up the fate of The Help.

        The lawsuit states that Stockett's inability to admit that Aibleen's character is actually based on the story of Ableen Cooper, "is so outrageous in character, and so extreme as to go beyond all bounds of human decency, and is utterly intolerable in a civilized community." Cooper still works as a maid for a relative of Stockett, and says she was approached years ago about being depicted as a character in Stockett's novel. She replied, she says, with an adamant "no."

        Stockett wrote the book anyway, made a mint... and guess who got nothing?

        And from "The Indypendent":

        But if Skeeter raised money through writing and gave it to the maids, real life Stockett failed to live up to her fictionalized self. She was sued for $75,000 by Aibleen Cooper, the maid of her brother for taking her name and biographical details to create the character Aibileen Clark in The Help. Aibleen and “Aibileen” share a name, a gold tooth and life-events but Judge Tomie Green dismissed the case because it was filed after the one-year statute of limitations. Outside the court, Cooper aimed her disgust at Stockett. “She’s a liar,” she said. “You know she did it and everybody else knows she did it!” So much for life imitating art.

        "We have only the moral ground we actually inhabit, not the moral ground we claim." - It Really Is That Important

        by Diogenes2008 on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 02:29:16 PM PDT

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      •  Thank you (5+ / 0-)

        It had been referenced elsewhere, but without any link. Very interesting and eye-opening dialogue continuing in that blog post. It also led me to another book to search out when the budget permits.
        When Race Becomes Real

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