What's the Difference between The Help the Book and The Help the Movie?


The Help

Released: 2009
Author: Kathryn Stockett

The Help

Released: 2011
Director: Tate Taylor
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In the Book In the Movie
Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan
Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan
Portrayed by: Emma Stone
Hilly Holbrook
Hilly Holbrook
Portrayed by: Bryce Howard
Aibileen Clark
Aibileen Clark
Portrayed by: Viola Davis
Minny Jackson
Minny Jackson
Portrayed by: Octavia Spencer
Cecilia Foote
Cecilia Foote
Portrayed by: Jessica Chastain
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In the Book In the Movie
   In the book Aibileen is accused of stealing silverware. The silverware had been put away by a little boy in his own diaper. Apparently he has developed such a habit. In the film, Aibileen even mentions the fact of the baby putting things away in his diapers, but in the end we never find out what really happens to the silverware.
   The book is titled "Help". It is called "The Help".
   Skeeter leaves her satchel at the league house. It contains the pamphlet regarding the laws of Mississippi about Colored people. It also has the interviews Skeeter has been working on with the maids as well as Hilly's bathroom initiative. Hilly calls Skeeter to tell her that she has it with her at her house. Skeeter gets her mother to drive to Hilly's house immediately so she can retrieve it. When she gets it back she realizes Hilly has removed the Jim Crow law pamphlet. The satchel is opened with the bathroom initiative indicating that Hilly has seen the note Skeeter wrote wondering if there is any difference between the Jim Crow law and Hilly's initiative. Hilly comments that the Stuart's father is close with a senator who was against Old Miss being desegregated. At the baby shower for Elizabeth, Hilly notices the Jim Crow pamphlet in Skeeter's satchel. She finds Skeeter questioning her new maid about being interviewed. Hilly says that Skeeter should be careful because there are real racists in the community who could cause her some real trouble.
   Yule May sends Skeeter a letter from jail telling her that she can't work on the book because she stole a ring from Hilly that she never wore and was caught. We don't know how she gets caught. Aibileen tells Skeeter that Yule May had asked Hilly for a loan to send her boys to college. Yule May asks Hilly for the loan. Hilly refuses, and then we see Yule May find a ring behind the couch when she is cleaning. She pockets the ring and is later taken off the bus and arrested because she tried to pawn the ring.
   Skeeter is constantly asking Aibileen what happened to Constantine. Aibileen tells her that it has something to do with Constantine's daughter that was born from a white father. Skeeter didn't even know that Constantine had a daughter at all. Constantine had a black daughter named Rachel that Skeeter and her family knew and loved.
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