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message 1: by Jenn (new)

Jenn I hated the dialect in this book. Not because it was badly written--it was spot on--but because it was only ever applied to the black characters. The white characters were accentless, I guess. Despite growing up in Mississippi.

Stephen King does it too, to his lower-class characters. But he at least sometimes dialects his middle-class and upper-class characters also.


message 2: by Jason (new)

Jason You're right. It's something that's been talked about a lot on Goodreads, especially in Sparrow's review (which I think you should read). If I had honestly noticed that, I'd probably have liked it a lot less but I didn't. I hope that doesn't say anything incriminating about myself, not having noticed it, but there it is.


message 3: by Cecily (new)

Cecily Jenn, as a Brit, I didn't have that problem: when I read it, all the white characters had a southern drawl in my head. It may have been inaccurate, but it was definitely an accent. ;-)

Nevertheless, I think it's actually an important point, albeit one I hadn't noticed until now.


message 4: by Grace Sicile (new)

Grace Sicile Your reviews are priceless. Accurate. Glad you do this for a living.


message 5: by Rhayna (new)

Rhayna Kramer The dialect was not an issue with me. I think some of you might be neglecting the fact that these black women had to leave school early to help contribute to their family's incomes. Keep in mind that this was also the 1960s. While there were plenty of black educated people, the less-than-adequate school resources, especially in southern schools, didn't provide blacks with equal opportunity for the best education.

Miss Skeeter, on the other hand, is a college-educated white woman. She's a double-major as well as a writer. Naturally, her English is going to be better than that of Minny or Aibleen. It doesn't take away from the fact that she's from Mississippi, so our imaginations should naturally gravitate toward the Southern twang.


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