There aren't too many differences between the film and the print versions of The Help by Kathryn Stockett when it comes to the main plot. Most differences are only small changes like Mrs. Leefolt covering the crack in her table with a tablecloth in the book and covering it with a serving dish in the movie, however there were some more significant difference between the two. There were also many cases of events happening in a different order in the movie as the book and events from the book not making it to the movie.
One of the biggest and most profound differences to me is the story of what happened to Constantine. In the book Albileen tells Skeeter that Constantine had a daughter named Lulabelle, whom no one knew about and had to give up for adoption because she appeared to be white, then while Skeeter was at college Lulabelle showed up at meeting being held at Mrs. Phelan's, Skeeter's mom's, home. When Lulabelle was asked to leave, she refused and spit in Mrs. Phelan's face. When Mrs. Phelan told Constantine that she would not allow Lulabelle to stay there, Constantine and her daughter moved up to Chicago. Later Mrs. Phelan sends a check to Constantine for her birthday; Lulabelle sends it back with a note saying Constantine died shortly after leaving. The movie's interpretation goes somewhat different. Skeeter's mom tells her that during her meeting, Constantine's daughter, Rachel, who was black, and loved by the Phelan family, had showed up to visit her mother. Mrs. Phelan had asked her go around back and wait in the kitchen, she refused and walked into the room where the meeting was being held. Mrs. Phelan is asked if she allows a black girl disobey her and she demands Rachel to leave. Constantine tries to help her daughter by taking her to the kitchen but before she can Mrs. Phelan fires Contantine and kicks her out as well. Constantine and Rachel move to Chicago. Mrs. Phelan sends Skeeter's brother to Chicago to try and get her to come back, but when he arrives he discovers Constantine had died.
Another difference is how Skeeter got the idea to writ a book. In the book Albileen tells Skeeter about her son, Treelore, and how he wanted to write about being black in Mississippi. Skeeter takes that knowledge and the advice from Miss Stein to write something original and decides to write a book about being a maid. In the movie Albileen makes no mention of Treelore until after they got Minny to help and Skeeter comes up with the idea on her own.
In the book, after Skeeter asked Albileen to help her, she decides to help her because of Hilly, but in the movie she gets inspired by a sermon she attends in church. Another is that in the book, Hilly writes Celia a note telling her to pay for her ripped dress and not to attend any event she is attending, but in the movie Hilly never sends a note a a check for the dress comes in the mail. Towards the end in the book when Skeeter decides to take the job offer from Harper and Row in New York and Albileen gets Skeeters old job as the the Miss Myrna writer and in the movie she doesn't.
Another big difference was that in the book, Minny first met Johnny in his house and he told her he had figured out she was there and wanted to know how she thought Celia was doing. In the movie, Minny met Johnny while Minny was walking with the groceries and Johnny drove up behind her. Minny ran from him but Johnny told her that Celia had already told him about her and in both Johnny lets her continue working for them.
While I do think the movie was brilliant and got the message and story across wonderfully, I think the book was much better. I believe that in the book the sequence of the events were put in such a way that it gave those moments more meaning and emotion. I feel that, even though it was a two and a half hour long movie, it was rushed and the way some of the scenes were sequenced made it feel like they were put there just to be there. I think that there were conflicts, thoughts, feelings, and actions that should have been established earlier on in the movie so the audience would have a better understanding as to why characters were doing what they were.
Work Cited: The Help. Dir. Taylor, Tate . Prod. Columbus, Chris , Barnathan, Michael , and Green, Brunson . Touchstone Home Entertainment, 2011. Film