I won't go into a review of her review, but I recommend everyone should read it. Critical understanding creates better writing. Julie has it figured out.
Rarely do I see the movie before reading the book. But my daughter has my book, and I had the opportunity to see the movie first, so I did. As we all know, the book is always better... so I'm looking forward to reading this novel as I loved the movie.
What I loved most about the movie was the message to writers:
Do not run in fear of what you write.
For me this was a huge message. If Kathryn Stockett, and the women she interviewed, were willing to break the law and face potential death... then who am I to fear of losing my job? Integrity and being willing to stand up to what is wrong is worth the risk. If writers don't do this, who will? How will people know when change is needed?
What are you afraid of?
As writers we have an obligation to face the fear and write the truth.
Why do we write? Sometimes it's to entertain, but often it's to inform.
Writing takes courage, among other things. Quite honestly, I feel that writing has taken over my life. More than a passion... an obsession. I love it. Perhaps it's time to give my life to it, too.
Go forward without fear. If something needs to be changed, write about it. Kathryn Stockett did. She made a difference with her writing. Will you?
Enjoy the Journey!