Has there been a film version?
Yes, although (surprise) different from the book – some characters are completely omitted.
Who are the important characters?
Andrea “Andy” Sachs – a newly graduated Brown student who dreams of working at The New Yorker, but will settle with the job “millions of girls would die for” – working for editor, Miranda Priestley
Alex Fineman – Andy’s boyfriend, a teacher in inner city elementary schools
Miranda Priestley – the editor in chief of Runway magazine, a … well… a bitch – sorry, no other way to describe her
Emily – Miranda’s head assistant, she works with Andy to reconcile Miranda’s expenses and help make her life as easy as possible
Lily – Andy’s best friend, a grad student at Columbia, a free spirit
Christian Collinsworth – the newest celebrated young author, devastatingly handsome and charming
What’s it about?
Andrea Sachs’ greatest dream is to write for the New Yorker, but she isn’t looking forward to the drudgery of working her way to the top. When she is surprised with a job offer from uber-fashionable magazine, Runway, to be an assistant to the editor in chief, she takes it. Especially after hearing that after working there for a year, she can virtually choose her next position. And she has a month to prepare for her boss’s return and be trained by the senior assistant, Emily.
But Andy is completely broadsided when she realizes the enormity of her job. She is given impossible tasks with impossible time frames and expected to complete them cheerfully and in exactly the manner required, with very little details. Miranda Priestley probably is the devil, and Andy puts every relationship she has under strain as she tries to survive one year with the world’s most hellish boss.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It hit the number one spot on the New York Times Bestseller list when people thought Miranda Priestley’s character was based on Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue.
Do I recommend you read this book?
Sure, if you liked the movie. Just keep in mind the book is much harsher.
How did this book make my list?
I thought it’d be a fun read.
Has it won any awards?
“What cruel, cruel sadist would make a woman in a skintight, floor-length gown and spiked heels climb such a hill of hell? Since I couldn’t very well hate the architect or even the museum official who’d commissioned him, I was forced to hate Miranda, who could usually be blamed for directly or indirectly causing all the misery and bad will in my life.” – p 264
There was supposed to be a television version of this book in the works for FOX, but since FOX is stupid, nothing ever came of it.
This was an exceedingly stressful book for me to read. I get horrifically frustrated with people who set unrealistic goals for their employees, or fail to treat them in a human manner. Since Miranda is supposed to be the epitome of the terrible boss, I can understand why she’s written this way. But I can’t help being just a little disappointed in the development of Andy as a character. She reverted back to the same person she was before she started working at Runway, only with more knowledge of the pointless fashion world, a great pair of jeans, and a black mark on her resume in the publishing world. She went in an entire circle through hell, and nearly lost everyone she cared about. When the entire time, she blames Miranda for her misery when she could have very well quit and found another job; which may have been a slower trip to the top, but certainly less degrading. And the last line of the book reveals that in some ways, she is like Miranda, in that what she cares about is that she is “someone who matters to people.” Ouch.