Revenge Wears Prada: A Review

September 7, 2013 3:09 pm

The_Devil_Wears_PradaLauren Weisberger’s ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was the novel ‘a million girls would die for’, including myself. It had everything, the inner workings and scandals of a glossy magazine, the dream New York setting and of course, the infamous Miranda Priestly (who it was rumoured was based on Vogue’s Anna Wintour). For young girls like myself with journalistic aspirations, the protagonist Andy was easy to relate to, and her journey at Runway was eye-opening to some of the less glamorous aspects of the industry. To me, it was the perfect read.

So as you can imagine, when the sequel ‘Revenge Wears Prada’ was released I was overcome with excitement. In the latest installment the reader is propelled 10 years into the future and meets Andy on the morning of her wedding day. The reader is quickly made aware of the fact that Andy is rather different from the character we fell in love with, this may be Weisberger’s attempt to demonstrate how Runway had altered her character.
During the course of the novel we discover that Andy is about to marry a man she entirely incompatiable with, she accidentally falls pregnant and she is co-owning a glossy bridal magazine with none other than Runway superbitch Emily!
Although I appreciate that Weisberger’s characters are older and wiser, I feel that the connections the readers made with them are no longer present. Personally as reader I want to escape into the pages of a glamorous world, unlike my own, when reading a novel and this is far from what is on offer. It is severely lacking the exciting fast-paced, New York style plot line and in all honesty, there is a severe lack of Miranda.

The title itself ‘Revenge Wears Prada’ implies a hell-bent Miranda will be out for the ultimate revenge after Andy’s explosive exit in the previous novel, however this is not the case. The plot is hugely driven by Andy’s attempts to juggle marriage, motherhood, work and the occasional presence of her demonic ex-boss.
Nevertheless despite my disappointment in the plot itself I must commend Weisberger’s inclusion of Emily, who played a much more prominent role, as a character she is perfect combination of both Andy’s world and the Runway world.

I believe Weisberger’s readership may shift slightly with this latest installment, and although it saddens me to say it it, I feel the novel has lost its sex appeal.
In the words of the Devil herself: That is all.

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