Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

by Lauren Weisberger
Movie 2006

About the Book: A delightfully dishy novel about the all-time most impossible boss in the history of impossible bosses. Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job "a million girls would die for." Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates in to a scared, whimpering child.

The Devil Wears Prada gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to plaints about "The Boss from Hell." Narrated in Andrea's smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view at life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. from sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda's children in Paris by private jet, to locating in unnamed antiques store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day - and often late in to the night - with orders barked over the phone. she puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous however, Andrea begins to realize the the job a million girls would die for may just kill her; And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not it's worth the price of her soul.

From Me: Both the movie and the book are fantabulous! The movie accomplishes the same satisfaction of a story well told, but with different circumstances altogether. For those book-lovers, like myself, who are always moaning about how directors always change the story around and ruin it, I would suggest watching the movie first. (That's what I did, not on purpose). The movie is excellent and, when watching it, you feel it is a whole and complete story with nothing missing. But if you have read the book first it may bum you out that alot of your favorite "scenes" were left out or that they changed circumstances and family orientations around a bit to fit the movie into a shorter film. But all-in-all I loved both and they have managed to make it onto my short-list of favorites that are worth re-visiting over and over again!


2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Alexia, you totally got my post at Internet Cafe--don't give up! Thanks for taking the time to comment there. It means a lot.