Looking for Superfans of THE HELP

You know that I’ve recently gotten back into the whole book reading thing, right? I recently professed how “The Help” is one of the best books I’ve read in a long, long time. And then I heard that a movie version was coming out.

I have a very specific order in which I like to deal with the whole book-being-made-into-a-movie thing.

1. If I haven’t read the book, I’m okay with seeing the movie. In fact, sometimes it’s better that way.

2. If I haven’t read the book and I see the movie, I usually won’t go back and read the book.

3. If I have read the book, I’m okay with seeing the movie but I’m always a little hesitant.

When I read a really well-written book, like “The Help,” the words create a movie in my head. I’ve already had the casting calls. I see what the characters look like. I know their strengths and weaknesses. When I read this book, I pictured Alfre Woodard as Aibileen (she’s actually played by Viola Davis who looks like a younger Alfre Woodard to me) and none other than my friend, Kate (aka @guavalicious) as Skeeter Phelan.

Have you seen Emma Stone, cast in the role of Skeeter? She really kind of looks nothing like Kate and so it goes downhill in my head. That’s not what Skeeter looks like.

But if a well-written book is well-acted, I can accept both versions. They are similar but different stories.

Unfortunately, I had two opportunities to see an advanced screening of “The Help” and I was able to take advantage of neither. I haven’t seen the movie but I’m probably just as excited about the rest of you.

In honor of the opening of “The Help” tomorrow on August 10th and women everywhere planning the ultimate girls night out, I’d like to provide a chick flick giveaway to help you celebrate.

Here’s a little clip to get you in the mood.

And now for your prize pack…

– THE HELP t-shirt in adult female sizes of S, M, L, XL

– THE HELP pocket jotter & pen

– THE HELP fan

– THE HELP nail file/mirror

HOW TO ENTER…

Leave me a comment telling me if you’ve read the book and if you plan on seeing the movie.

That’s it!

I’ll randomly draw a winner after contest deadline of Monday, August 15th at 9pm ET.

Thanks for playing along. And be sure to check out their Facebook page!

  • http://www.canewife.blogspot.com/ three pugs & a baby

    I have read the book (6 times!) And I plan on seeing the movie, soon! 

  • Carole

    I did read the book recently and I can’t wait to see the movie!

  • Anonymous

    I’ve read the book and will hopefully see the movie when it comes out. If not it sill be on blu ray since it’s difficult to get to the movie alone these days

  • tarheelmom

    read it and plan on seeing it ASAP

  • http://www.tabithakristine.blogspot.com Tabitha

    I saw the preview the other day, and am anxious to see the movie. I haven’t read the book yet, but need to find it and get started! That’s my rule–if I know about a book being turned into a movie, I need to read the book first.

  • Spendlessandsavemore

    Very cool. I read it at the beginning of summer & woke my husband up several nights laughing. Love it. Not ever crazy about books that turn into movies~ perhaps it is the English teacher in me. I’ll probably wait til it comes out on DVD.

  • The Woven Moments

    I loved LOVED this book.  I’ve given it to everyone I know.  :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/melissasgardner Melissa Gardner

    I loved the book. I read it last summer, and one day after coming home from work I sat down on my couch to read and did not stop until it was nearly dark outside and until I was finished with the book. Keeping in mind that this was summer, and the sun sets around 8:30 and I get home from work around 6, I read for over 2 hours. I hadn’t done that in a long, long time. DEFINITELY going to see the movie. I can’t wait!

  • http://www.sayitrahshay.com Rachee

    I read the book albeit a bit reluctantly. Once I started I didn’t want to stop! I do plan on seeing the movie; I always thought Viola Davis woul be a great Aiblileen.
    -r

  • Kristiina

    I read the book, and would LOVE to see the movie.  Just have to get all the stars in the universe to align correctly, stand on my head and hope that mama can get a night/afternoon off:)

  • Anonymous

    I read (and loved) the book and have plans to see the movie with my mom and sis this weekend.
    I knew Emma Stone had been cast as Skeeter as I read it, so she held the starring role in my head.

  • Temysmom

    I read the book when it first came out and it is on my list of the best books I have ever read.  I also was hesitant when they announced the cast of the movie – nothing like what I pictured – but I am very excited to go see it anyway.

  • http://unintentionallybrilliant.blogspot.com Roxanne Piskel

    I haven’t read the book, but I was planning to. I’m typically disappointed in movies-from-books, but there are a few that have proven to be exceptions. I always try to read the book before I see the movie, so I probably won’t be seeing The Help until it’s out on DVD. I’ve got lots of reading to catch up on!

  • Anonymous

    I LOVED The Help. And like you, I am hesitant to see movies based on books that I love. I picture the characters as well and am then very disappointed when it’s nothing like I imagined. Having said that though, I may see The Help because the preview looks good.

  • http://www.livinglavidanormal.com Gabriela Living La Vida Normal

    I’ve read the book and am looking forward to watching the movie. I create movies in my head too and have sometimes been disappointed but I’ve heard very good things about this movie.

  • Maria @BOREDmommy

    I own the book but haven’t read it yet – will probably read it before I rent the movie. 

  • bywordofmouth

    i read the book and then had my 13 yr old read it too so that we could go and see the movie together!  So thats why i didn’t go and see it in SD, i was looking forward to my date ;)

  • Kate, aka Guavalicious

    I do wish I looked like Emma Stone.

  • Whitney

    i’ve read it and plan on seeing it!

  • Whitney

    i’ve read it and plan on seeing it!

  • Anonymous

    Loved this book and made my friends and mom read it so they could join me in watching the movie. It’s been a long time since I so looked forward to a movie based on a book.

  • http://thewalmartgourmet.com Leah Lynch

    This is in my top five favorite books we’ve read in our book club.  And that’s over 5 years.  

  • CarolinaMama

    Look forward to doing both! ;)

  • http://goodgirlgoneredneck.blogspot.com Andrea B.

    I absolutely read the book. It was one of my fave reads in 2010! And I have plans to see the movie with my book club friends who we all read it *together* and we’ll be grabbing dinner afterward to discuss! :)