Going back to classics – Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada
This is the first time I have seen the movie before reading the book, and I really did know what to expect while reading the book. So the question is “Is the book better or the movie?” Hands down, the book wins. The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger is an entertaining read.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Anchor Books (first published January 1st 2003)
original title:The Devil Wears Prada
ISBN:0307275558 (ISBN13: 9780307275554)
Edition Language: English
PLOT: As somebody who had just passed out from college and dreams for working at the New Yorker, the job at Runway magazine seems like the perfect job to Andrea Sachs. It is the perfect stepping stone for her to get headway to being where ever she wants to be. Everyone tells her how lucky she is, and she believes it, until she meets Miranda Priestly, her boss. She realises that everything is not what it seems, and has to compromise on a lot of her ideals and beliefs every day. She realises that maybe it is not really worth it, and what seems like a dream job for a lot of people begins to feel like a burden to her. Eventually, she has to decide what she wants out of life and make the ultimate choice or sacrifice.
CHARACTERS: A book that has a lot of memorable characters. Andrea, the person who is so idealistic but eventually begins to get swayed with all that is going around her. I think most of us can identify with her – all of us have been there. It is the choice that we make in these moments that clearly define us, and that is what Andrea stands for. Miranda Priestly, the “devil” is one of the most hated characters for me, right up there with Umbridge. I think this is one character everyone would just love to hate (I wonder why they softened her up in the movie). Emily as Andrea’s colleague/ competitor is her complete opposite, and another character important to the story.
WHAT I LIKED: This story is something that most people will identify with. Getting drafted into the rat race, deciding to not let it affect you, taking tough decisions, realising the truth about where you are, and making that impossible choice, all of us have done this at some point of our lives. It is a simple story that most people will relate to, using characters that we would have met sometime during the normal course of our day.
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE: Nothing to write here, it is a book that I thoroughly loved and enjoyed.
RATING: Although a chicklit, it is not a pointless read. It is an interesting book and reading it is time well spent. I would rate the book 4.5 out of 5 starts.
The book is my personal copy. My opinions are honest and unbiased.
Words: Jaibala Rao