The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series:The Hill Country Authors Series will feature Air National Guard major MJ Hegar on at the library. She is author of Shoot Like a Girl and we will be discussing her novel at the event. Please help us publicize this fund raising event and plan to join us at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W 8th St. The doors will open at for a delicious dessert from the Red Poppy Cafe, with the talk beginning at Tickets will be available for $15 beginning at Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library and online at www.folgeorgetown.org/calen
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Teddy Roosevelt book author at TX Book Festival + The Help book vs. movie
Regarding our discussion of differences between The Help book vs. movie
Unlike Movie, in the Book Minnie is promised a permanent job with the Footes, it’s a guarantee that they won’t let Hilly convince them to fire her. What’s more, the Footes still need Minnie. Celia never learns to cook, never learns to clean… never gets her act together at all. She’s not just beneficently bestowing grace upon Minnie. She’s getting something out of it, too. The novel leaves you room to consider how unfortunate it was that black people had to rely on the whims of white people for their livelihood, but also that white people allowed themselves to become helpless as they relied on black labor to create their homes.
Unlike Movie, In the book, Mama Phelan (Skeeter's mother) is not so sympathetic.For one thing, she doesn’t even know Rachel exists. Constantine was raped by a former white boss and sent Rachel off before she came to work for the Phelans. Because of her mixed race, Rachel can pass for white, so when she shows up at the DAR meeting, everyone thinks she belongs there. Charlotte discovers what’s happening just as Rachel is applying for membership in the DAR… just as she’s trying to enter white society. This is the “crime” that makes Charlotte furious and that makes her kick Constantine to the curb. What’s more, unlike in the film, she never regrets her actions. She is mortally offended by the idea that a black woman would try to saunter into white society.
BOOK, Constantine's daughter is named Lulabelle. She gave her up for adoption when she was four years old because she looked white. MOVIE: She has a full grown daughter named Rachel who is black.
BOOK: Lulabelle shows up at the DAR meeting at Skeeter's house. She mingles with the 95 white women in attendance. She starts to fill in a form to join the group. Miss Phelan quietly asks her to leave and go through the back. She refuses and spits in her face. Miss Phelan tells Constantine that she can't have anything to do with her as long as she is living on the rent that they pay. Constantine is unwilling to leave her daughter so they move to Chicago together. MOVIE: Rachel shows up during the diner and wants to come in. She is told to go to the back door but she refuses and comes in the front. The president of the DAR can't believe she allows a black girl to disobey her like that. To save face she kicks her out and fires Constantine and tells her to leave as well.
BOOK: Miss Phelan sends a check to Constantine in Chicago for her birthday. Lulabelle sends it back along with the obituary for Constantine indicating she died three weeks after leaving Jackson. MOVIE: Skeeter's brother goes to Chicago to try and bring Constantine home but he discovers that she has died.
BOOK: Stuart gives Skeeter an engagement ring but before accepting she tells him about the book she is writing. He says He doesn't know her and can't marry her. He promises not to reveal her secret. MOVIE: Stuart comes home after the book is released and tells Skeeter he doesn't want to see her anymore.
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