The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 Hollywood production that embraces the drama genre. Based on the novel of the same title by Sue Monk Kidd, the film deals with the life and struggles of a young girl Lily Owens (played by Dakota Fanning) who runs away from home after the demise of her mother, of whom she develops a longing and remorse. This film shares quite a few similarities, as well as a few differences, with The Help (2011), which is an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same title. The rest of the essay will highlight these aspects.
The most obvious similarity is that both films belong to the drama genre. The other similarity is their tackling of minority/women’s rights issues during America of 1960s. For example, the life and travails of Lily in The Secret Life of Bees is congruent to that of the two black maids in The Help, who are hired by Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan as domestic helps. But Skeeter is not the typical white oppressor . . . Read More