The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
THE film version of Weisberger s novel got mixed reviews, with some critics alleging it dumbed down what was a witty, clever book. Well, the film must really be some piece of celluloid fluff because the book isn t exactly Dostoevsky to start off with. The
THE film version of Weisberger's novel got mixed reviews, with some critics alleging it dumbed down what was a witty, clever book.
Well, the film must really be some piece of celluloid fluff because the book isn't exactly Dostoevsky to start off with.
The basic premise is that a young, keen graduate, Andrea Sachs, ends up working for the uber-bitch editor of a New York fashion magazine, in a bid to get on the career ladder.
This editor, Miranda Priestly, is allegedly based on Vogue editor Anna Wintour, for whom Weisberger worked, and she is indeed a character to behold - rude, demanding, and completely out of touch with the real world.
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Her outrageous demands are entertaining enough, and Weisberger's chatty, lively style is absorbing but I'm just not sure the 'demanding boss makes life a nightmare' premise is enough to provide material for a whole book.
The Devil Wears Prada is fairly enjoyable, but really at its heart it is just a story of a naïve young girl being bullied by a horrible woman.
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There's no real message and at times it feels as vacuous as some of the skinny fashionistas who populate the magazine. 2/5