Getting me to read "The Help" did require some coercing on the part of Sister Snarky (but I coerced her into reading Twilight, so she admittedly has some leverage there). I mean, it's only been on the best-seller list for 104 weeks or so (and is still the #1 trade paperback ), so how good could it be? And I hate being the last person on the bandwagon... But what really got me interested was when she declared it to be "75% as engrossing as Twilight." That was it - I had to read it. I actually brought it to Forks and back, but didn't even crack the spine. Not sure when I thought I was going to sit around and read with this crowd!
Plus, it's got the obligatory Twilight tie-in, even if Bryce Dallas Howard playing Victoria in Eclipse STILL sticks in my craw (note: I love her in everything else I've seen her in and don't hold a grudge, but it was a mistake of semi-epic proportions imho).
This chick can't catch a break when it comes her hairstyles on film.
(Although this is miles better than those asinine Shirley Temple ringlets she sported in Eclipse.)
And Sister Snarky was right. The Help is an amazingly good read, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It might not have been the ga-ga, inexplicable and sometimes frustrating head-over-heels infatuation I had when I read Twilight (what is, really?), but it was a good solid "I have serious affection for you" kinda feeling.
To further compare:
Things I didn't do after reading The Help -
Start a blog about it.
Run out to see the movie five times (but only because it's not really playing around here anymore).
Plan a trip for me and 100 or so of my besties to meet up in Alabama.
What I DID do when I was reading The Help:
Totally dragged that book with me 24/7 so I could read every waking moment. I'd offer to lend it to you, but for the sake of full disclosure, it's spent major time in my bathroom.
Intentionally showed up early for a doctor appointment with someone who has a reputation for running very very late (he was, and I didn't care).
Worked from home so that I could find an acceptable work/reading balance that would have possibly been frowned upon had I been in the office and not hiding in the restroom (probably). I think that 50-50 seemed reasonable.
Made plans to coerce anyone who lives under a rock and/or only reads Y/A stuff or fanfic and hasn't already read it to read this book STAT.
P. S. I am aware that this book - and its author - has generated some controversy, but this is a Twilight/humor blog, dammit, and I am not going there.