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The miracle of The Help
Author Kathryn Stockett
(left) and writer/producer/
director Tate Taylor (above).
By J. Rentilly
I T’S GOOD TO be reminded that impossible
things happen sometimes. For instance, a ;rst
novel selling 6 million copies and then being
turned into a blockbuster motion picture by
the author’s best friend. ;e heartfelt mantra
of both the novel and the ;lm version of ;e
Help is that miracles happen and that every
single voice matters. ;e Costco Connection
recently caught up with three of ;e Help’s
powerful voices—author Kathryn Stockett,
writer/producer/director Tate Taylor and star
Emma Stone—for the whole story.
Oscar talk about the ;lm. How does a book
go from nothing and nowhere to being an
KS: You need to have a friend with a
really big mouth. I happen to be blessed with
about 500 of those. When these women get
on the bandwagon, they just can’t stop talking
about ;e Help. ;ey were waiting in airport
bookstores putting copies of the book into the
hands of strangers. Eventually, those strangers
gave in and read the book and then started
telling other people about it, I guess.
CC: You’ve said that you feel con;icted,
doing well with ;e Help, which is a novel
that shares the su;ering of others.
KS: I guess the guilt is just part of being a
Southern woman. Maybe every writer feels
like this, pro;ting from someone else’s pain.
It’s embarrassing. It’s shameful. It’s hard. ;e
su;ering of these women, it’s hard to accept
that as a storyteller. I guess the choice is to not
write about it, to ;ght your instincts, resist
who you are and what you’re supposed to do.
Or you just write the book and live with it.
;at’s what I’m trying to do.
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CC: A few years back, you were an
unknown ;lmmaker and comic actor with
big plans to make your friend’s unpublish-
able novel into an independent ;lm.
Tate Taylor: Kathryn’s my childhood
friend, and I loved the story she told. I knew
the story she told. I wanted to tell it too, as a
movie. We didn’t really know how it would all
work out, even once it did get published. We
The Costco Connection: You began
writing ;e Help as a way of self-soothing
Kathryn Stockett: I was in an apartment in downtown New York. I was very pregnant. I sat down on September 10 with a story
in mind, but nothing was really coming out of
me, and then September 11 happened. ;e
morning of September 12, I sat down and
started writing ;e Help. I didn’t mean to. But
I was so homesick and I was missing Demetrie,
the woman who had raised me, and the only
way I could talk to her was to write this story.
I was just trying to have another conversation
with someone I really missed at a really hard
time in history.
COSTCO HAS 50 deluxe,
signed copies of Kathryn
Stockett’s The Help to
give away. Each winner
will also get a bookmark
and four movie-themed
recipe cards. To enter,
go to Costco.com,
search for “The Help
giveaway” and follow
the instructions. Or print
your name, address and daytime phone number
on a postcard or letter and send it to: The Help,
The Costco Connection, P.O. Box 34088, Seattle,
CC: Why do you think the book has
connected so deeply with readers?
KS: I don’t really know why people love
;e Help the way they do. Not everything in
that book is good. ;ere’s a lot of shame in the
book. ;ere’s a lot of sadness in the book.
CC: Ten years later, you’re a best-selling
novelist with a ;lm shepherded to the screen
by your best friend, Tate Taylor.
KS: It didn’t happen fast. (Laughs) I wasn’t
in a hurry. I took my time. I did the work.
CC: ;e book was rejected 50 times
before it was ;nally published, and now the
book has sold 6 million copies and there is
NO PURCHASE, PAYMENT OR OPT-IN OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. Purchase will not improve odds of winning. Sweepstakes is sponsored by Penguin Group, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. Open to legal residents of the U. S. (except Puerto Rico) who are age 18 or older at the time of entry. One entry per household. Entries must be received by January 1, 2012. Winners will be randomly selected and notified by mail on or before February 1, 2012. The value of the prize is $35. Void where prohibited. Winners are responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligi- ble entries received. Employees of Costco or Penguin Group and their families are not eligible.
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