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Title: The Devil Wears Prada
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Number of Pages: 360 pages
Book Number/Goal: 53/75 for 2009
My Rating: 1/5

Andy is a recent college graduate, ready to find her first real job after a year of travelling around the world. Her dream is to write for the New Yorker, but she ends up getting a job at Runway, a fashion magazine, as junior assistant to the editor, a notoriously hard woman to work for. The job is hell, but if she makes it through a year, she's practically guaranteed a job anywhere she chooses, and she's hoping that will be the New Yorker.

I read it because I was vaguely curious, but mostly because I'd thought I might remix a Devil Wears Prada story for [livejournal.com profile] remixredux09 and wanted to be familiar with canon. I ended up not being able to finish the book in time (obviously, as I'm just now finishing it months later), but I hate abandoning books halfway through unless I absolutely can't bear to go on, so I've just been letting it sit and reading a chapter here and there.

I have to say, I don't understand at all why anyone likes this book. Seriously. I know some people on my flist are fans, big fans, even, and it's a popular book, so if someone could explain the appeal, that would be awesome.

The writing was...not horrible, but not great. Way more focused on describing clothing and dropping names than getting on with the story. The ending was pat and left threads hanging. I found the entire cast unlikable, and I'm pretty sure I wasn't supposed to. Obviously Miranda is horrible, but even Andy and her friends got on my nerves.

I guess part of the appeal was getting a glimpse of the glamorous life of the rich and famous, but it was not cool or exciting to me. It just made me disgusted. I already hated rich people to begin with and pretty much the only way for this to have been a satisfying read is if Miranda had lost her job and all her money and not had a penny to her name.

The most baffling thing is that this has a femslash fandom with Miranda/Andy as its main pairing. How does that work?

ETA: Oh, and I meant to say, a lot of it reminded me of Ugly Betty. I wonder if the decision to set Ugly Betty at a fashion magazine was influenced by this (I don't believe the original Betty la Fea is anything about fashion). Though thankfully no one at Mode is as loathesome as Miranda, not even Wilhelmina.

ETA 2: Also I forgot to mention how gross and creepy I found Christian. Every time he showed up I was wanting to stabinate the author for the way Andy continued to be drawn to him even as his behaviour grew worse and worse. Apparently being a mansplaining, condescending, sexually-harrassing asshole is sexy.

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