I watched Precious the other night on my computer with my boyfriend. I had already read the book Push by Sapphire. So I knew all the background that the movie left out (Not that there was much that was left out). I know there are a lot of people who see it as a trend that has been overblown at best. That there isn't much to it. Some have even stated that the story was poorly written. Clearly I don't quite see it the same as others.
I understand why Ms. Sapphire wrote it in the style she wrote it. I grew up in a neighborhood very similar to the one that was described in the book. it wasn't as rough as the one that Precious had endured. I never witnessed anyone being treated the way she was but I did hear the rumors of things that transpired around me (My mother kept a tight hand on me during those days).
The tone in which the story was told was very on the mark. I did see mothers who treated their children as nothing more than burdens needed in order to get a small check. I saw the sad eyes and the empty smiles as they walled down the halls at school. The chip on their shoulders that was full of anger at the world at the raw deal they had received. Later on I even met a few who were becoming mothers at the age of 13, 14, and 15 years of age.
I found myself to be inspired by the story. Not just by the story it's self but how it came to be as well. The fact that Ms. Sapphire started out as a writer on the writingroom.com amazed me. I am a member of that room myself inspite the fact that I haven't done much on that site. It gives me hope that if I push myself that one day the right story will come out of me that will one day touch others.
I know that Oprah reading it and becoming it's biggest champion is a long shot. Still the thought that I am able to touch and maybe inspire some one else helps to drive me to write even more. So as to where some might discount the whole thing as beginner's luck, I see it as an example of what can happen if one really sets their mind to it. So I look pass those who seem to be hell bent on putting the whole thing down. Instead I will allow it to be my go to point when I feel I can't quite get to where I need to be in my passion of writing.