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, 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.
   Aibileen gives Skeeter a copy of the book signed by everyone in the church and tells her the reverend said Skeeter is part of the family. In the movie, Aibileen receives a signed book from the church - as seen in the church, where she calls up Minnie as well. No mention of a book for Skeeter.
   Skeeter tells Aibileen she will stop in Chicago before going to New York to visit Constantine's grave. No mention.
   Skeeter decides to take the job in New York, so Aibileen gets the job for the Miss Myrna letters. Doesn't happen!
   Minny decides to leave her husband after her son is fired from his job, because of her, and her husband beats her more then usual - Aibileen tells her to leave him, since they will have more money from the book and Mr. Johnny promised her she would always have a job. It is mentioned she leaves her husband after the big dinner prepared by Cecelia - this does not happen in the book.
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