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The Devil Wears Prada a Novel Paperback – April 13, 2004
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"In An Instant" by Suzanne Redfearn
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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 into a scared, whimpering child.
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about ?The Boss from Hell.? Narrated in Andrea?s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over 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 an unnamed antique 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 into 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 that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul.
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- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0767914767
- ISBN-13 : 978-0767914765
- Dimensions : 5.12 x 0.74 x 7.99 inches
- Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks; later ptg edition (April 13, 2004)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, I threw it in my bag recently and now I am pretty into it. The writing is not the best but perhaps I should not have been expecting so much. The book is entertaining, the characters and story suck you in, and I want to know what happens. That is good considering I have seen the movie. Give it a try!!
Caveat: I am aware that I usually have a bit of a hard go at reading a book when I have seen the movie because I have a hard time separating the actors from the literary characters. This is the reason it took me forever to read The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Other than those 2 small things, this was a really fun, easy read which mirrors the movie quite well.
It is an interesting look inside the fashion industry. Though not sure how real the depiction is
I did not see the movie to make a comparison. The book was enjoyable. I can understand giving your all to further your career and letting your private life suffer for a time. But - Andrea stayed too long hurting all relationships, some beyond repair.
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1. Nigel in the film is an amalgamation of 2 or 3characters in the book - none of whom really have much page time. This means that there is no natural sympathiser for Andy to turn to in the office.
2. Andrea herself is actually pretty much unlikeable in the book,she has none of the charisma of her screen counter part. This was my biggest issue with the book to be honest - the main character is just so self-absorbed and just lives to have her own pity party, it drove me batty
3. In the film we do see a touch of humanity to Ms Priestly - well, towards the end we do. In the novel this is completely missing and she is painted as completely vindictive and self-centred with no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
The plot is ore or less the same as that in the film so you do know what is going to happen overall. There are some significant tweaks though, particularly with Andy's living arrangements and relationships. Unusually the screenwriter has taken a rather unprepossessing novel with a great idea and turned it into broadcast gold.
I found the writing to be rather stilted and there was an awful lot of covering old ground; there are only so many ways you can describe going for coffee or answering the phone. It does feel like a one-idea book and that nothing that is put on the page should deviate from that so it does become, actually, quite boring in several places. There are some good moments but these come early on when Andy is fully subsumed by Runway magazine and still has at least half a brain and a sense of basic human dignity.
Basically if you haven't seen the film you will probably enjoy this book a lot more. If you have then probably best to steer clear as it will disappoint.
I recently read the book again and while it remains an easy read, this time (perhaps I am older) I found Andrea the protagonist to be a bit on the whinging side. For instance, she knows that her boss Miranda (aka the immaculately and expensively dressed titular Devil) is demanding and expects things like her coffee from Starbucks to magically appear minutes after she demands for it. Yes, that seems very demanding and diva-like behaviour. However, having known how Miranda is, Andrea still continues to take her time in returning to the office with the coffee, taking the opportunity to smoke and chat on the phone. And when she gets reprimanded by Miranda or by her senior colleague Emily for being late, Andrea goes on a whinge-fest. She could have avoided the unhappy looks in the office if she had just gone to Starbucks and returned with the coffee.
Somehow the novel does not seem as funny as when I read it last decade (perhaps this is because I am older). The novel is still fluffy, easy to dip into, but nothing that would blow your mind away. Perhaps the book would appeal to the pre-25-year-old set than to those closer to 40.
Lily is the "problematic friend", that together with Alex - the archetype of the good guy - is there essentially so that Andy can feel guilty. Guilty about what? About a demanding job. Poor Andy works late in the evening, poor Andy cannot go back to her family whenever she wants, poor Andy might not be able to leave Paris at the right time... and all of this is unacceptable for the other characters, while instead is just part of adult life - especially if you live far from your hometown, not being able to see your family or to jump on a plane when something happens.
Not to talk about the finale, which is honestly gross... I couldn't side up with Andrea, in Paris, and even later when she is so resentful I keep thinking that if she hated her job so much she should have just quitted it earlier on.
I think in the film, at least, both Miranda and Andrea are better shaped characters. Andrea is not a crying baby, she is a smart woman who impresses people around herself, and the finale actually makes sense rather than being the last tantrum of an entitled child.
Read the full review here: http://reviewdiaries.blogspot.fr/2014/10/review-devil-wears-prada-by-lauren.html
I saw the movie before I read the book, and this is one of the few cases where the movie is better than the book. So if you’re thinking about reading this after seeing Anne Hathaway turn from slouchy to glamorous, I’d really save your time.
The movie worked to make the characters likeable, both Andy and Miranda, and for there to be progress, character development, and you know, an actual plot. The book really didn’t bother. Andy remained aloof, sarcastic and whiny throughout the book and it never really felt like she grew as a person, or developed at all over the course of the year. She maybe had slightly better dress sense by the end, but there was no development, she just whinged at everyone, pushed her friends and family away and didn’t really try to integrate or work particularly hard at Runway. Yes her job was demeaning at points and yes Miranda had unrealistic expectations, but Andy never even really tried. She went out of her way to try and be obnoxious and get one over on Miranda the entire time, only for it to backfire and cause her more work as a result. It was painful to read.