well.. some of what i disliked about it has already been said (the times had a pretty good review of it) -- why the Black women have dialect and the White ladies, although southern, don't seem to use anything other than standard english...
i feel like whenever something would come up that could be a deeper subject for exploration, the author would gloss over it. The domestic abuse, for example.. why bring it up within the book and never address it? Then i compare that treatment of domestic abuse with the color purple and it just steams me!
or the lack of even having skeeter think about the desegregation of her alma mater.
and, according to the legislation at the time in mississippi, it was illegal for anyone to distribute information or pamphlets or literature "urging or presenting for public acceptance or general information, arguments or suggestions in favor of social equality or of intermarriage between whites and Negroes" so... that book wouldn't have been put in any Jackson bookstores. There also seemed to be a little date fudging with the James Meredith situation, too.
i know a bookclub book is supposed to be light reading, in most cases, but i kind of resent that the book has been such a bestseller and that it is so nicey nice about something that really wasn't.. i guess the time period in my mind deserves a little more thorough or thoughtful exploration of the subject. since stockett decided to talk about segregation, then TALK about it, you know? in real literature, an author will at least throw in one token character at the very least, to discuss or show a thought process that delves into something at least a little bit for contrast.
it kind of belittles (to me) the fact that people freaking DIED to end that b.s. and all we get from her is pattycake. (sorry.. i need to vent before our bookclub meets and i actually offend people i have to work with IRL).