“A writer’s job is to tell the truth.” – Andy Rooney, 1919-2011
I have finally figured out what all the fuss is about the book and movie “The Help.”
Honestly, I did try to read the book, but couldn’t get into it. How could I relate to having servants? Even the movie took me a while to get into. Although it is completely fictional, I now see why it is so compelling. What a powerful message! It is only unfortunate that this book was not written by an African-American.
For me, it was all about having the courage as a writer to write what so many people don’t see or don’t want to see. In this case it was the inner lives of some seemingly powerless, but courageous black women in Jackson, Mississippi.
When you think about it, you realize the publication of that book about their lives was one of the few ways they could have ever been heard. And those black women who were so badly treated by those they worked for, took great strength and power from being heard in a national way!
Too bad this story is a fantasy, but then how many young writers fresh out of college do you know, who have the ear of an agent or editor at Harper Row? Ain’t fiction grand!
I related to this story on a personal level. My Midlife Crisis Queen blog was my first chance to write about a subject that I had personal experience with, one that most people don’t see or don’t want to see. And it has been so gratifying to know that I am truly being HEARD by so many on a daily basis!
Believe me, the mainstream media didn’t want to hear from those of us who struggle in midlife. They are more concerned with weight loss, make-up and helping you maintain your “youthful good looks.” In other words, their sponsors’ income.
I love the power of the independent voice who says, “This is NOT right! What can we do to change this?” I feel fortunate to have become a writer in the time of blogs, social media and self-publishing because:
“Freedom of the press is only available to those who own one!”