May I Please Take a Moment to Rave About the Missoula-Related Netflix Series “Maid”?
I CAN'T STOP WATCHING! But I also can't binge because I've got work and school and my family, I would have to be genuinely sick or in jail to have enough time to binge the entire show in one sitting. I did watch the first two episodes today though and I wept at each. I'm not a weeper, either. Seriously, I don't cry at movies or about silly shit, but the Netflix series "Maid" has my emotions in a stir.
If you haven't been following, and don't feel bad, a lot of locals haven't. In fact, when I mention the show, it usually follows a brief explanation. But anyway, if you haven't been following, "Maid" is based on a book by Stephanie Land, who has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Montana. "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother's Will to Survive" is her very first book and debuted at #3 NUMBER 3 on The New York Times Best Seller list. That's impressive on its own. But after the book got loads of attention for its candid honestly about living in poverty and the struggle to be stuck in 'The System', Netflix purchased the rights to the story for the series.
At times, "Maid" reminds me of one of my all-time favorite movies, "The Pursuit of Happyness." The writing and the magnificent acting truly capture the feeling of being stuck, having no answers, and being trapped in The System. This story will hit home for so many, from the underpaid social worker to those who have suffered domestic abuse to those who face the daily grind of living in poverty. As I said, I'm only two episodes in, but I'm hooked and can't wait to see the rest. All ten episodes are up now on Netflix, see the real "Alex" (Stephanie) and learn more about her work here.