I read The Help over a few days in January. yeah, it was a good book. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read – by far. (I’ve seen some claim this and, if that’s true, they clearly need to do more reading.) But it was good. The women were written in such a way that you grew to care about what happened to them, and the story itself was a good one, and I think an honest one, with good things and bad things about the situation experienced by all.
I caught the movie about midway through on the movie channels in the hospital in Feb, but couldn’t figure out who was who and what was going on, so I’m guessing the movie varied quite a bit from the book.