In my previous review I said the movie The Help included many details from the book. For example, the “Shinalator” that comes in the mail for Skeeter’s hair, or the truck with the motor grader hooked behind it that she drives to her date with Stuart were included in the movie. Like any movie adaptation however, there are always some differences from the book. Here are the biggest differences I noticed:
- The book has a lot more detail about the ups and downs of Stuart and Skeeter’s relationship. The movie tries to include their story in the movie, but it didn’t really work because they didn’t spend enough time on it. The little bit of time spent showing their relationship, I thought ended up being a waste of time in the movie.
-There was more depth to Minny and Celia’s relationship and story in the book. Celia had more than one miscarriage, drank many bottles of something mysterious and spent a lot of time in resting in bed. Many details from this relationship were left out.
-The way in which Hilly found Skeeter’s Jim Crow booklet was different in the movie. In the book, Skeeter left her satchel at the League House during a meeting. In the movie, Hilly saw the booklet peeking out of Skeeter’s bag during a party. This was just a small difference that was meant to speed up the story progression in the movie.
-Although the message might have come across in the movie anyway, an important quote said by Skeeter in the book was left out of the movie. She said, “We are two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.” This quote is particularly important because Stockett says “in her own words” in the back of the book that this is the quote sums up the point of the book.
Just because there are differences doesn’t mean the movie isn’t worth seeing. It is a good movie which is also getting Oscar buzz from Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer’s roles as Aibileen and Minny. But I think everyone who sees the movie should give the book a chance too.