Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Devil Wears Prada?

As I'm nearing the end of my college career, beginning my job search, I often wonder what it's like to work for a major magazine in New York. (Of course, I did work for Reader's Digest, but that was in Pleasantville, NY, not Manhattan.) While a lowly intern at RD this past summer, I read The Devil Wears Prada during my horrific two-hour commute every day.

It was scary. The author, Lauren Wisenberger, is rumored to have based the novel on her tenure as an assistant under Anna Wintour, the famed fur-lovingVogue editor. So the fact that the novel might have some truth to it scared me beyond belief. In the novel, the editor-in-chief of Runway magazine, a fictional version of Vogue, is Miranda Priestly, a silver-haired monarch of the fashion world. She severely berates her assistant, bright-eyed Andy, for everything - for her lack of fashion sense, to her inability to deliver the new (and unpublished) Harry Potter manuscript.

So when I got a chance to see it this past summer, I was ready. The movie didn't get into all the different trials Miranda put Andy through, but it did get the point across - Miranda was definitely the boss from hell.

Still, I'd recommend it anyone who ever had to deal with an unrelentingly awful superior. Maybe you'll see that you really didn't have it that bad...

The Devil Wears Prada (Widescreen Edition)


notfearingchange said...

It is a light read - which reminds you that your supervisor may not be that bad! ;-)

Paula Neal Mooney said...

Have you seen the movie yet? The Devil Wears Prada movie is so excellent. It's not your average empty-headed romantic comedy type movie. And Streep just won a Golden Globe for her role as the boss from hell last night.