Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Devil Wears Prada

I was really quite surprised at myself when I worked out that I hadn't read this yet. A fashion classic! I have seen the movie a countless amount of times, and I love it. The book has to be fantastic, right?

The first thing I noticed was the size. It was pretty thick, considering the size of the brain-dead books I've been reading lately. The plot is roughly the same as the movie. Slight changes- Emily is nice, Miranda is more evil, and there is a large focus on Andrea's best friend, Lilly, who isn't even mentioned on screen.

As I plowed through the book, devouring every couture brand name mentioned, I began to get well... annoyed. Just quit already! She has terrible working conditions, she complains about it on every page, she loses her boyfriend and her best friend, and she stays. By the end of the book, it seems pretty repetitive.

Overall, the book is better than the movie, but so frustrating. I haven't read the end yet, but I'm guessing she finally quits, and all those frustrated readers become relived. And we all go back to eating cereal out of the box and not worrying about Andrea's future.



  1. Good review! I love Meryl Streep and so I liked the movie, but not crazy about depressing work situations... been there, done that.
    I may pass on this one, but glad to know how it goes in case I decide to pick it up.

  2. Love the mosaic! Did you make it?

    I like the movie and picked up a thrift store copy of the book in Dec. Mine has a different cover-- I like yours better. Hmm, it isn't my usual type of book-- and you aren't wild about it-- oh well, I will still give it a shot one of these days.


  3. +JMJ+

    I haven't read this yet, either, although I am familiar with the movie.

    My favourite part of the movie is when Miranda gives that speech about what we think of as independent fashion choices having been made for us by the editors of the top fashion magazines. It really made me think about my own approach to fashion. I hope it's in the novel! Please tell me it is, Izzy!

  4. I think you are a great reviewer, regardless of age, but especially considering you are 13! Just saying. Not biased or anything.

  5. E: That part of the movie made me think too!

    D: Ditto! And that is a completely impartial ditto!

  6. Great post! Didn't this movie give you the urge to shop?

    BTW, I love your background!


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