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.
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!