The Devil Wears Prada (Devil Wears Prada, Bk 1)
The Devil Wears Prada - Devil Wears Prada, Bk 1 Author:Lauren Weisberger 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... more » 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.« less
It is very rare when I get to say I actually liked the movie MUCH better than the book. The story while suposed to be inflicting sympathy on the reader for the main charator fails as we find out how shallow and self obsorbed she becomes whith no seeming regaurd for the people around her. I found it stale and at times a bit repetive, I say add this to your NetFlix not your wish list.
OK, I didn't like this book, mostly because it felt very repetitious, like a giant rant about what the main character's boss was making her do. But heres the thing: I must be crazy because her job didn't sound that bad to me! All she had to do was run around the city for her boss, she didn't have to do anything that really required a lot of brainpower, she got to meet interesting people and be exposed to the magazine business, and she signed up for it. So.. I felt no sympathy at all and found her whiney and annoying. She only had ONE person who she really had to answer to, and the amount of responsibility in her job was negligible. If this was a book about a really hard job with REAL stress maybe I could buy it. But no. I'm still going to give this author another try, I'm reading "Everyone Worth Knowing" right now, and I like it better.
I was a little disappointed in the book after having seen the movie. The book was probably more realistic but it was harder to think of the main character as being the heroine of the story, and it wasn't as funny as the movie.
If not for the title that peaks your interest, or for the humor and undeniably great insight on what it would be like to work for a debutante of the fashion world, this book held my interest from beginning to end. If you are looking for a deep literary read, this is definitely not for you. This is a light, funny read that I, quite frankly, could not put down. Having no knowledge of fashion, designers, or New York City for that matter, I felt like I had an education on the fast paced, cut throat and very competitive industry that most girls can only dream about participating in. I thought Weisberger showed immense talent in poking fun at this glamorous way of life and I thouroughly enjoyed it.
This is probably the only time that I can say that I enjoyed the movie more than the book. I actually waited to see the movie until it was released on DVD because I thought the book was so bad. It just didn't hold my interest.
Oh my God! I read this book while working at the worst job I've had yet. While I found the plot line lacking in a point other than this has got to be the worst boss in history,it unexpectedly gave me the courage to quite my job with out a back up plan. And yes I did find a job I enjoyed much more.
Since I had seen the movie before reading the book, it was interesting to see the changes that occurred. The book is still a good read and the writer is excellent. It is easy to read and I couldn't help but be involved with the characters. If you are looking for a nice summer read, then this is it.
I agree with the other reviews posted here, I enjoyed the movie far better than the book. It's very rare for that to be the case, but I just like the direction the movie took the characters. I just read Last Night at Chateau Marmont by the same author and it was a far better book than this book was! I give the movie 5 stars, the book 2 stars!
I didn't enjoy it as much as the movie, but it was wonderful, nevertheless. Miranda is even crueler (hard to believe, I know!) and Andrea's friends are not such jerks as I found them to be in the movie. Many differences, but I still enjoyed them both! It is light reading, definitely for girls, but I loved every minute of it!
Janice M. reviewed The Devil Wears Prada (Devil Wears Prada, Bk 1) on
I honestly could not take this book. Obviously I do not understand the world of fashiong, but then again, I can't even imagine working in it. The story became too much of the same with each new chapter.
I agree with a lot of the reviewers in that the book is much better than the movie, and makes more sense than some of the nonsense in the movie. I also agree with some who say the ending was forgettable, but the body of the book makes that worth the unsatisfying ending. The story was hilarious, light hearted, weird, and totally different than life as most of us know it, although many of us can relate to the stress of having a seemingly psychotic and irrational boss. You will find yourself imagining snappy comebacks to things people say to the poor girl trying to hold onto her job so she can score her dream job, you'll daydream about the glamour of the fashion world, you'll also wish you were 5'10" and 120 lbs. like the main character. It's a really funny and fun to read book. I live in the rural South, about as far as you can get from downtown Manhattan, so many of the things she describes are really interesting to hear about because they are so different than the regular life here. I also enjoy books that don't require too much thinking on my part (I do enough of that at work!) so it's not really the most intellectual of pursuits, but perfect for an unwinder. Definitely recommended!