Essay on Compare and Contrast "The Help" book and movie
838 WordsOct 2nd, 20134 Pages
There are many differences between the book, The Help, and the movie, “The Help”. Although the director did manage to keep some of plot the same, there are still not as many similarities as differences in the book and movie. To start off, the director did keep most of the characters looks and personalities the same in the movie as in the book. Some differences were that in the book Skeeter is big and tall, but the movie has her slender and average height, if not shorter. Hilly is portrayed in the book as a dark haired woman, whose weight increased throughout the timeline in the book, but in the movie, she is thin and stays that way through the whole movie. Also in the movie, Skeeter’s maid, Constantine, is shorter that Skeeter, although…show more content…
He got the idea from a book called “The Invisible Man”, and Aibileen decides to help Skeeter with it because of Miss Hilly. Unlike the book, Skeeter comes up with the idea of writing what it’s like to be a black maid working for a white family herself, and Aibileen chooses to help her with it because of God and Miss Hilly. Near the end of the book, Aibileen gives Skeeter a copy of “The Help” signed by everyone that helped out. In the movie, the church (filled with everyone who helped the book) gives Aibileen a signed book. Celia has very different events in the book and in the movie. For example, in the book, Celia hires Minny without telling her husband Johnny. He soon finds out about Minny by the improvement of the meals. In the movie Celia tells Johnny about Minny. Later in the book, Minny thinks Celia has a drinking problem, because she is going upstairs and hiding in her room all the time with a drink. She then finds out that Celia is trying to avoid a miscarriage and it is a drink that she bought to help avoid them, but there is no mention of this in the movie. The book states that there is a naked man that tries to break into Celia’s house, but Celia and Minny scare him off. This is not shown or talked about in the movie. When Celia gets drunk in the book, she accidently rips a part of Miss Hilly’s dress, and Hilly asks for $200, saying it’s going to help children in Africa, but in the movie, there is no request for money, a check
Compare and Contrast: Movies vs. Books
When you ask people whether they prefer 'Movies or Books', you are likely to get a variety of replies. Some people will prefer reading books and other will prefer watching movies. There is another interesting phenomena and that is a section of the population that enjoy both equally.
For some people, reading a book is not the easiest activity in the world. We have all sometimes picked up a book and put it down after battling to read the first page. This is nothing to do with ability or concentration, it is to do with whether or not the book is of personal interest or whether the book actually meets our needs. In other words what is inside the covers of the book may not match the blurb on the outside which is very misleading and very disappointing. The same can be said for movies. How often have we all watched the trailers advertised on TV, thinking that the movie looks really interesting? Then follows the anticipation of going to the movies to watch it, or wait until its available to download and rent at home, only to watch the first ten minutes and realise that it is not going to get any better than 'boring'!
Sometimes it is easier to watch a movie rather than read the book. Some movies that are adaptations of books can enhance the setting, the scenery and dialogue. This is especially helpful for people who have experienced difficulty in learning to read, as watching the movie as well as reading the book can enhance the experience. A movie adaptation can enhance the experience of the book and can bring to life, and get transported into 'this other world'. Visual images are very powerful, but so is the experience of reading and development of our own images. It can also be argued that in order to use our imagination whilst reading we need to have some actual experience of the situation and that experience either comes through accurate and informative writing or visual images (movies).
There are several books that have been made into movies. The interpretation of a book into a movie is bound by resources and finance, and the visualisation of the director. Meanwhile reading the book, taps into the readers imagination, that does not have the same constraints and can be picked and put down at any convenient time.