anyone want to discuss Devil Wears Prada?

I finished reading it a few days ago and am primed to discuss, if anyone's interested!

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I read it on the beach this week! I liked the book. I didn't think it was fantastically written, but good-and I liked a lot of the points she just hinted at.


It was pretty interesting to me, that there was all this irony in Andy's behavior, and it was pointed out to us in comments other people made, but we never quite heard Andy say "yes, I went over to the dark side, but I'm back." Really, it's something most people dealing with corporate America face to some extent-do I climb ladders by putting knives in others' backs, or do I hold my integrity even if it means I don't make it as far.
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I completely agree about the overall writing. I don't think it was a great book, but it wasn't bad either. Since I'm not at all into designer clothes, I felt like it was mired down in names - a LOT. But it's also one of those things that you can glaze over while reading and not miss the gist of what's being said. And yeah, she had to put in tons of names because of the nature of the story, but it still bogged me down at times.

Good point on the Andy comment there. I kept wanting her to confide in someone about just how awful things were at work (she had 2 people who were annoyed with her, but still would've listened, and understood better), and for her to snap herself back to being who she really is.

Oh - one more thing for now. I didn't love the fact that she waited until the very last minute to lash out at Miranda. As the book went on, I kept wondering if she was really okay with getting the New Yorker job based solely on having been a slave to an evil woman, and not on the merits of her writing. Then when it became clear that she was still gunning for that (since she was still there 11 months later), and had the conversation that would make it happen, she chose that time to tell off her boss and leave. That bugged me. I felt like - either stay with what you've decided and stick out the next month, or you should have done this 10 months ago!

I have lots more to say, which is surprising at this early hour.....but I'll leave it here for now.

How cool that you got to read the book at the beach! Woohoo!
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I got to read it on the beach in my decidedly un-designer bathing suit! While eating hamburgers! Quite amusing.

I could see after 11 months Andy finally having enough, and not wanting the job even if she could get it from staying just one month longer.

I am choosing to put my own perspective into it somewhat, since we didn't really see Andy learning a whole lot. She learned this woman's horrible to work with, and that her family loves her-but isn't yet ready to learn about herself. Which makes it kind of interesting, but frustrating, too. It's like dealing with some 23-year-olds. Some can see themselves honestly, and some have the same blinders as Andy.
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
Yup, I'm with you on that one. She wasn't the most introspective of characters, and it's also a pretty realistic view of that age. Well, some people in that age group, obviously not everyone falls into one category. I was still frustrated with her though. Or maybe I was really frustrated with the entire story. Both might be accurate.

I was a little bummed that Alex and her best friend whose name escapes me didn't hit her over the head with her behaviors and situation. Or that her parents didn't do that. Again, it's a realistic view of life for a lot of people and families, but it still ruffled me a little. In my own life, I'm fairly blunt (though I try to be tactful), and my friends, for the most part, are the same way, as is my family. If I pulled an Andy, they'd all be calling or stopping in to ask me if I was crazy, and telling my to pull my head out of my bum and look around. Anyway, before I tangent, I'll just leave it here. hehehe
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Yup, I'm with you on that one. She wasn't the most introspective of characters, and it's also a pretty realistic view of that age. Well, some people in that age group, obviously not everyone falls into one category. I was still frustrated with her though. Or maybe I was really frustrated with the entire story. Both might be accurate.

I was a little bummed that Alex and her best friend whose name escapes me didn't hit her over the head with her behaviors and situation. Or that her parents didn't do that. Again, it's a realistic view of life for a lot of people and families, but it still ruffled me a little. In my own life, I'm fairly blunt (though I try to be tactful), and my friends, for the most part, are the same way, as is my family. If I pulled an Andy, they'd all be calling or stopping in to ask me if I was crazy, and telling my to pull my head out of my bum and look around. Anyway, before I tangent, I'll just leave it here. hehehe
Originally Posted by jabby
I was frustrated, too! But that's part of why I liked the book-I then looked at myself and the way I treat people, to see if there are hints of that kind of behavior.


I wouldn't have stayed friends with Andy. I'm too willing to drop people as friends if they treat me that way.

I would have said my family would say something, except my brother's acting about as family/friends friendly for some reason, and we just say what a jerk he is, but don't beat him over the head with it until he gets the point.
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!
i'm only on page 48, and i just don't really like the writing style very much.

ok, that's rich for discussion....

it's been a busy week. i'm off work saturday or sunday, i'll play catch up then.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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I finally got the book, time to start crackin'.
I just bought mine today -- I've been super busy lately!
I think that I deceive genius.
Jabby wrote:
I was a little bummed that Alex and her best friend whose name escapes me didn't hit her over the head with her behaviors and situation. Or that her parents didn't do that. Again, it's a realistic view of life for a lot of people and families, but it still ruffled me a little
That didn't bother me so much, I assummed they were being supportive. All Alex every really said about the job was that she was lucky to have it and it was very demanding.

Oh - one more thing for now. I didn't love the fact that she waited until the very last minute to lash out at Miranda.
This is what made the book for me. What a snap back to reality, postponing your trip back home is kinda shady then to have Miranda say Alex reminded her of herself at that age. That is the wake up call of all wake up calls.
i finished this book around 130 this morning. i couldn't help thinking at the end that someone needs to stop miranda.....geez. i wished she would wake up and realize how much everyone despised her.

andy was annoying and flaky. it bothered me that she would allow someone to treat her like a peon for 11 months so that she could get a job at the new yorker, and then she only has one month left and quits. i could not have done it.

what also bothered me about her character is she was always so ready to take on the victim role.....that christian was persuing her, the freaky guy in her apartment after a night with lily, the way alex was treating her, the way the doorman treated her, the way everyone at Runway treated her. Seriously, I just wanted to shake her or something and tell her to take on some responsibility for her own life, and not just when she saw her career in publishing was at stake.

the book was infused with excellent imagery, but i didn't really like the style of writing. sometimes it got boring and i got tired of andy's victim monologues. overall the book was ok.

and this book is based on actual events?? now that's SCARY.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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ok, so now i'm reading book reviews, and one of the reviews states that professional reviewers haven't praised this book as it should be because they're afraid of Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue.

What do you guys think? Is this woman, who Miranda Priestly was created in the image of, such an omnipresent force that book reviewers blast any book that tells the truth about her?



This book was just hard for me to get through. I'm not used to reading fiction like this for one thing, and secondly I kept feeling like I was reading fiction out of Woman's World or something. I know that's mean-spirited, but geeeeeeeez. I liked how this "other world" I rarely ever even think about was described, but Andrea just went on and on and on about her miserable life that sometimes I just wanted to scream JUST QUIT THE DAMN JOB!!



eta: i also found andrea to be more than a bit on the bratty, selfish, snotty side.

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One of the reviews I read suggested Christine Baranski as Miranda Priestly if this is ever made into a movie. I second that. I think Jennifer Garner should star as Andrea, in that case.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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andy was annoying and flaky. it bothered me that she would allow someone to treat her like a peon for 11 months so that she could get a job at the new yorker, and then she only has one month left and quits. i could not have done it.
This is what bothered me too. First, I could never let myself get a job based solely on the fact that I could put up with being treated like a subhuman for a year, and second, if I'd somehow come to terms with that, I wouldn't wait until 1 month before I was released from my work prison to lash out.

the book was infused with excellent imagery, but i didn't really like the style of writing. sometimes it got boring and i got tired of andy's victim monologues.
I'm with you on this. The fashion industry never crosses my mind, and the lifestyle led within it isn't anywhere near my reality, so I liked the insight into that world. I thought a really good picture of it was painted, and it was easy to visualize the settings and characters. That said, I was bored and bogged down with some of the writing, and came close to skipping pages here and there.

And I hated that Andy resigned herself to being a victim in some ways. Her little digs at getting back at them were fun though. Not effective in the big picture, but nice gestures at some points.

What a snap back to reality, postponing your trip back home is kinda shady then to have Miranda say Alex reminded her of herself at that age. That is the wake up call of all wake up calls.
Postponing was super shady - I hated that! And I agree that that was the wake up call to end em all. Who wants to be like that nasty witch? I can understand snapping when she did, but I just didn't like it and wanted her to take control earlier and better.

One of the reviews I read suggested Christine Baranski as Miranda Priestly if this is ever made into a movie. I second that. I think Jennifer Garner should star as Andrea, in that case.
I think these 2 would be perfect!!
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One of the reviews I read suggested Christine Baranski as Miranda Priestly if this is ever made into a movie. I second that. I think Jennifer Garner should star as Andrea, in that case.
Originally Posted by curlyara
I think Jennifer Garner's too strong to play Andrea! Not skinny enough, either. And I mean that as a plus toward Jennifer!


I wouldn't expect book reviewers to like this book because of the writing style, regardless of the editor of Vogue!


There were a lot of annoying things about Andrea's character-but that's why I think this was more real than a lot of books, and while it annoyed me, it's also something I liked in the book. (Does that make any sense?)
The pews never miss a sermon but that doesn't get them one step closer to Heaven.
-Speckla

But at least the pews never attend yoga!

There were a lot of annoying things about Andrea's character-but that's why I think this was more real than a lot of books, and while it annoyed me, it's also something I liked in the book. (Does that make any sense?)
Originally Posted by NetG
Yeah, I get your point. I can see how a flaky, unlikeable protagonist is more realistic.

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

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