My Musings About The Devil Wears Prada

From 0-Anna Wintour showing up to The Devil Wears Prada movie premier in Prada, how awesome are you?

The first thing I will say about The Devil Wears Prada book is that it’s much different than the movie. The movie is a romanticized version of the book, and I say “romanticized” lightly, because the fresh out of college assistant Andrea Sachs is stillĀ forced to accomplish nigh impossible tasks like get unreleased Harry Potter books to Miranda’s two daughters who are on a train that’s about to leave.

In the book, Miranda is even more demanding of Andrea, (whom she refers to as “Ahn-dre-ah”) sending her on wild goose chases like looking for a vintage dresser she saw in a shop she insisted was in one area of New York when it was, in fact, not, or asking Andrea to find an asian fusion restaurant review and not specifying that it was published in Washington D.C.’s paper. As hard as Andrea’s job was in the movie, it is even more taxing in the book. Andrea grows further away from her family and friends in the book than in the movie, only seeing how out of hand her life has gotten when her roommate, Lily, gets in a car accident with a taxi. She is presented with the choice of staying in Paris to assist Miranda at her annual party to commemorate the Parisian fashion shows or going back to NYC to care for Lily, who is in a coma. Only then does she decide to leave the dazzling world of fashion behind, telling Miranda in front of many “Clackers” attending the fashion show what she really thinks of the Editor in Chief of Runway magazine.

The most prominent difference between The Devil Wears Prada movie to The Devil Wears Prada book is the fact that Andrea doesn’t get a recommendation from Miranda. Andrea holds her job until just shy of the one year mark, in which she would’ve been able to choose another job at Runway or have a recommendation from Miranda to work somewhere else. Her plan was to suffer in the world of Chanel clad wannabe’s for one year so she could get a recommendation from Miranda and work for The New Yorker. In the movie she leaves her job when Miranda says “You remind me of myself when I was your age.” telling her “I don’t think I’m like you.”. She still, however, gets Miranda’s respect enough that Miranda recommends her to The New Yorker, and chooses to work there. In the book, Miranda does not give Andrea a recommendation, but Andrea still manages to start her career as a freelance writer, sharing a 2000 word story about her experiences at Runway to Seventeen magazine.

The best part of the book was the insight into Vogue magazine. Assuming that most of the information Lauren Weisberger provides about the Vogue office, readers are shown the inner workings of Vogue; how clothes are dragged in on big racks from “The Closet” to be judged by Anna Wintour on what will appearing future Vogue shoots, how the two assistants type up incoming phone calls and put them on a bulletin board for Anna to look at, how Anna always stays in the Chanel Suite at the Ritz in Paris when she attends the shows there, and other things of the like. Although Anna Wintour is known to be cold, The Devil Wears Prada portrays her as almost comical. Anna Wintour is even mentioned in the book, I’m thinking so Lauren Weisberger has material to defend herself against people staking claims that Miranda Priestly is based on Anna Wintour. Anna Winour may be a bit “terse” with people, but how can she not be? A million girls would die for her job, so she has to fight to stay at the top. I can excuse her cutthroat-ness because of how amazing Vogue is. 125 years really makes a mark.

The most painful part of the book was when Andrea sold all of her designer clothes, deciding to start fresh without any reminders of her gruelling year at Runway. Why would you let go of all those goodies? It was practically painful to read! Reportedly Anna Wintour gets $200 000 a year to spend on clothing. No wonder she is always dressed so impeccably!

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