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
   Aibileen throws up at the first meeting with Skeeter. This does not happen.
   When Celia Foote called the Leefolt residence, Aibileen referred Minny to her since she was looking for a help. When Celia Foote called the Leefolt residence and asked if Aibileen had any recommendations for a help, she said "no".
   Hilly arrives at the Phelan residence to expose Skeeter to her mother. When Hilly sees Mrs Phelan, she was shocked at her weight loss and the other effects of cancer on her. Mrs Phelan mentioned Hilly's weight gain and she mentioned that a husband would not want to go home to an unpresentable wife. She offered to that she booked a hair appointment for both Hilly and Skeeter. There was no confrontation between Hilly and Mrs Phelan. Hilly arrives at the Phelan residence to expose Skeeter to her mother. When Hilly sees Mrs Phelan, she was shocked to see her. Mrs Phelan confronted Hilly and commanded her to leave her residence.
   In the book, Hilly is described as dark-haired and somewhat plain and stocky, her weight increasing over the course of the year covered by the story. She is further depicted and perceived even by Aibileen as loving, patient and attentive to her two small children, in direct contrast to her officious mannerisms toward her peers and those she considers her social inferiors and in contrast to anxiety-ridden Elizabeth's disinterest in her own daughter. Hilly is slender and her appearance does not slip into sloppiness except on the occasion she tries to confront Charlotte over Skeeter's actions. Her interactions and demeanor with her children are not explored.
   Skeeter decides to take the job in New York, so Aibileen gets the job for the Miss Myrna letters. Doesn't happen!
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