Landing at one of the most sought after jobs as the editor-in-chief’s assistant at Runway magazine, Andrea Sachs, a small town girl, seems to be living the dreams “millions of girls would die for”. The only problem was the office wasn’t anything similar to any other normal office in the industry, as Miranda Priestly, a widely feared editor, hovers above waiting for easy prey.
Andrea, who isn’t really a fashion aficionado, found herself in the midst of people shouting “Prada”, “Chanel”, “Versace” at every turn. She is surrounded with men and women dressing up luxuriously, as if their careers in the magazine depend solely on how they physically look. Women wear shockingly fashionable clothing over their incredibly thin bodies; men suited in tight pants or leather jeans and turtlenecks – a look that can only be perfected if one devotes his life to the gym.
“The Devil Wears Prada” creates a sense of richness and humorous meaning to problems related to “The Boss from Hell.” Andrea’s life is constantly elevated and entertained by the trendiest gossips from countless cocktail parties exclusive for the elites. At one point, she has to figure out how to get a hold of an unpublished version of a new Harry Potter book and send them to Miranda’s twins through a private jet in France. She also has to order steak for Miranda from a specific restaurant and coffee at a precise temperature. She often works into the night, restless day after day. She holds back any doubt she has against her job because Miranda’s recommendation would land her at any job she wants in the future.
In the end, however, Andrea realises that the more she tries to please Miranda and attends to her almost impossible demands, she takes steps away from her family, friends and boyfriend. She is made to choose between going home for her best friend who is in comatose or stay in Paris with Miranda for a fashion show.
Reality hits her hard. Andrea realises that she is slowly becoming like her boss – an extremely workaholic woman who has no time to pause and enjoy the other aspects of life.
She leaves Miranda after a confrontation and goes home to her best friend and her family.
If working with Miranda is a dream millions of girls would die for, Andrea believes she is an exemption.
When she returns home, Andrea learns that her dispute with her cruel boss made her quite a celebrity. She applies for another job in another publication, and sees Miranda’s new junior assistant who looks so harried and stressed like she once was.
After the book topped the New York Times’ bestseller list, it was adapted to a major motion picture with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway as the main characters. It is widely famous for its immense factual resemblance of author Lauren Weisberger’s life as a personal assistant of a highly successful but dreaded editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, whose words determine any designer’s fate. Anna Wintour is described as the “Boss from Hell”.
The book is intriguing and comical, well, at least for those who haven’t seen the movie yet. You can spend a day or two with Weisberger’s 2003 book this weekend. You can find this book in the local bookstores or at Amazon for around 11USD.
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Publication: April 15, 2003