Hot Topics with O’KIM: Spotlight on “The Help”

I was recently watched a movie based on a book I’d read a year earlier. “The Help” the movie turned out to be pretty close to what I’d read prior. I thought to myself this was a rare occassion, for a book to be so close to the movie.
The joys of reading escape time for most readers, we enjoy the conflict, dilemma, or solution a book holds. Placed in the town or time of the actual story seems to take place when you read over the words. Words seem to float off the page vicariously becoming a scene.
Of course it is an authors true honor to have a book become a motion picture or made for t.v. movie. Does it really capture the illicit excitement a reader receives from just breezing through the pages? Has it all become too commercial? The industry catering to the advid movie goer and not the reader as it were.
Plainly, yes the literary world has been leaked to the commercial world. Stemming now from some obscure since of understanding, that’s paid off in a strange way. The paparazzi exist on our book shelves taking snap shots of our creative minds and selling it commercially, on the “Big Screen”.
Commercial as demurely as it may seem has in fact brought the non-reader back to reading. A movie is released and instantly the book is sold out, the library now has a 1 year waiting list for the hottest item in Hollywood! It has now become customary for the book to be read before seeing the movie.
My accolades to the up and coming authors, established writers, and the self published your art form isn’t dying but flourishing. Literary art is being shared with the masses to now partake in the ritual we all enjoy.
Curling up with a good book and reading what’s next…………………………….

The Book:

Starred Review. What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel (and maiden publication of Amy Einhorn’s new imprint) set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.

Meet Miko:

I am a Mother of three , Wife, Student, Entreprenuer,an aspiring author and a Administer of God’s Word. I do as God has called me to do “Encourage”. I run a gift basket business www.facebook.com/jamillians. I attend college for my Bachelor ’s in Information  systems with a concentration in Finance. I’m a native of South Central Los Angeles currently living in Atlanta.I’m working on three projects which keep me moving  back and forth. I Am Every Woman Expo, Real Talk The Movement (find on Facebook) and my up and coming Autobiorgraphy.
I am thrilled to be a columnist for AAMBC Book club as reading is my first passion. Words are so poignant to our lives theycan lift us up or tear us down. They can give us a persons internal feeling and even cause us to empathize with people we dont even know or will ever meet. I am a Fan of words!

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