THE GOOD NEWS:
1. The Help will be released in paperback this week. This bestselling book, which has won numerous awards and gained praise from major magazines around the country, will now be more affordable! So, if you haven't had the chance to read it (or the hardcover version seems a bit too pricey), you now have the chance!
2. The movie version, starring many well known actresses - such asEmma Stone, Allison Janney, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek, and Octavia Spencer - is to be released this summer, August 12th. As one of many fans of the book, I can't wait!
THE BAD NEWS:
1. Kathryn Stockett is being sued by her brother's long-time maid, Ablene Cooper, for basing one of her main characters, Aibileen Clark, on her without permission. According to Cooper, she asked that Kathryn not put her likeness or name in the novel and yet, Aibileen is a strikingly similar name to Ablene. Both the real woman and the fictional character were referred to as Aibee and both have a gold tooth.
2. Stockett's brother and sister-in-law stand firmly behind the lawsuit, which could make a definite rift in a sibling relationship.
The following article gives more specifics on the lawsuit and raises the question, how much should an author be allowed to borrow from real life?