Did you read The Devil Wears Prada back in the day? I think it was one of the first “recreational” books I read in college. I didn’t do a lot of reading “for fun” during that time since the amount of books I had to read as an English major each semester would make any bookworm’s eyes bulge. I do remember the summer I read that book, though. It was the summer of my freshman year at the University of Utah and I would escape to it each night as the thunderstorms would roll in (we had quite a few that summer).
It’s always left an impression on me – I don’t know if I’ve had that boss, per se, but I definitely can relate to those days, nights (years?) when your cell phone feels like a ball and chain. When the anxiety of getting your work done (and doing it perfectly!) can weigh heavily on your personal life. And then Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway had to go and make it 100 times more real by starring in a fabulous (albeit different from the book) movie. It’s still one of my favorites.
I was so excited to hear that Revenge Wears Prada was being release this year – after 10 years of no Andy and Miranda, I was so ready for some high fashion, some witty writing and, of course, the Devil herself. I ended up reading the majority of it on my trip over the weekend and couldn’t put it down the past few nights because I had to know how it would end. It didn’t disappoint. I feel like the first book left a lot of loose ends – it definitely wasn’t wrapped up in the pretty (theatrical) bow the movie was. And I have to say that after finishing the second, I feel much more satisfied with the character’s final chapters.
You know what bugged me though? All I could picture was Anne, Meryl, Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt, and the rest of the cast and not the original characters I imagined back in the day. I think one of the biggest reasons I don’t like reading books after seeing the movie first is how difficult it becomes to separate the scenery, the actors, even the voices, from the movie. Were you able to read the Twilight series without picturing Kristen Stewart? Or The Hunger Games without Jennifer Lawrence? I much prefer to imagine them in my own way, without prejudice, and then see if the movie “gets it right.”
That being said, if they don’t make a movie out of this one, they’d be crazy. I’m not sure who “they” are, but I hope they’re listening. Andy’s development between the first book and this one is so Anne’s – I even picture her in the book with a chic bob like Anne’s been sporting lately.
Have you read Revenge Wears Prada yet? What did you think? Overall I say it’s a great summer read and, although not as amazing as the first (how could it be?), I think it was a great follow-up to a much-missed story. Looking forward to your thoughts, too!