Revenge Wears Prada – Review

Currently on Loan from the Library:

The Shining Girls by: Lauren Beukes

And the Mountains Echoed by: Khaled Hosseini

The God Eaters by: Jesse Hajicek

Letters from a Nutby: Ted L. Nancy

Other Books I’m Reading:

Riotous Assembly by: Tom Sharpe

Don’t Kiss with your Mouth Full by: Henry P. Mahone

Anathem by Neal Stephenson

I did indeed read Lauren Weisberger’s books The Devil Wears Prada.

I tried to read it once before I saw the movie, then I tried to read it again after I’d seen the movie. Only the second time did I succeed. It is very rare for me that the movie version of a book makes the book itself readable for me. But there it is.

Even after the disappointing experience I had with The Devil Wears Prada I thought I would go ahead and give the follow up a try. After all, there is something to be said for a really good evil character. I think Miranda Priestly counts as a good bady.

Revenge Wears Prada starts eight years after Andy left the horrible clutches of Ms. Priestly. Andy is about to get married to Max, a supposedly super wonderful media mogul. She is also now best friends and business partners with Emily, the woman who worked with her as Ms. Priestly’s senior assistant.

Once again, Andy has made a series of judgement errors when she’s picked the people in her life. There is her fiancé/husband Max. Who basically tells her who he is several time, but Andy doesn’t believe him. So when he finally stabs her in the back the reader isn’t surprised, but Andy is shocked. There is Emily, who used to torture Andy just as much as Miranda. Andy seems to have forgotten all of Emily’s mean girl tendencies, and gotten into business with her. It is however not clear how Andy could have forgotten all of Emily’s nastiness. Since she is still just as nasty to Andy from time to time. Especially when she isn’t getting her way. Also, Andy seems to have forgotten that Emily wants to be Miranda Priestly one day. If Andy had just remembered this about her best friend, the whole rest of the book never needed to happen.

Then there are the things that could have made this book better if they’d been fleshed out instead of just hinted at. Andy’s mother -in-law doesn’t like her and doesn’t want her to marry the overly sappy Max. This plot point could have been interesting, had it ever come to anything. It doesn’t.

Also, anyone looking for the return of Miranda Priestly in this book will be sadly disappointed. I know I was. Miranda the couple of times she shows up is at best a polite and cool snob, and at worst a mere shadow of her former glory. Miranda is trying to acquire Emily and Andy’s magazine The Plunge for the same media group that owns Runway. Which would make her Andy and Emily’s boss again. The best tricks she can come up with are killing them with kindness, and eventually pulling Andy aside and demanding what she wants. While a grown woman acting like a toddler is indeed worrisome, it’s not really scary. I can think of three better ways to forcibly acquire a magazine in fiction land, and I’ve never even been to New York city.

The end of the books is obvious to everyone but Andy.

Perhaps most annoying is Andy’s continued good girl posturing. Andy is not a nice person. She marries a man when she’s having second and third thoughts about the whole thing. She hold grudges. She throws herself into panic attacks over her suffering from eight years before. She encourages one woman to have an affair. She secretly dislikes the way Emily treats her, but won’t stand up for herself. She’s passive aggressive, refusing to just tell her partner that there is no way she’s willing sell the magazine. I mean, Emily was totally out of line, but Andy wasn’t dealing honestly with her. So neither of them wins that situation. Even though Andy gets an utterly random happyish ending, there is no way the character as written is going to be anything but miserable and/or self deluded for the rest of her life. In the end she can’t dither her way out of a paper bag. Why do I care about this person? Oh wait. I don’t. Hello Mary Sue.

Favorite Scene: Meh

Favorite Quote: Double Meh.

Enjoyability: One star. It got published.

Where to read this book: In secret.

Further reading: I have to read And the Mountains Echoed. I’m not sure I’m looking forward the experience.

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Posted on September 18, 2013, in books, Fiction, fun, Reading, review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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