We are thrilled to be one of the hosts for ICLM again this year and we have a fun theme to go along with it….Chick Lit Goes to the Movies! Both here and at our blog, we’re talking about casting chick lit novels, putting soundtracks to them and comparing the movies already out there to the books from which they originated. Today, Talli Roland is here to talk about her impressions of The Devil Wears Prada as a movie. The timing couldn’t be better, with the sequel, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, coming to bookstores in a month!
Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine). Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories–complete with happy endings. Talli’s debut novel, The Hating Game, was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK’s Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favorite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States. Earlier this year, she became a mother for the first time to an adorable baby boy! We hope she’ll still find the time to bring us more lovable stories and characters!
As a former fashion-magazine addict, I leapt at the chance to read a novel set in the rarified world of a Vogue-look-alike. The Devil Wears Prada has it all: outsider Andrea Sachs who’s desperate to further her career, a demanding dictator in the form of Runway editor Miranda Priestly, and a glamorous Manhattan setting. Although readers appear to love or hate it, I couldn’t help identifying with ambitious Andrea who sacrifices almost everything to get ahead – until she learns it’s the people in her life who matter most, not her job. Andrea is a flawed character, but she’s a flawed character who learns throughout the course of the novel and is better because of it.
I usually balk at watching films of books I’ve already read, but when I heard The Devil Wears Prada was in cinemas, I couldn’t resist the garment eye candy I was sure would be present. And eye candy there was! From Andrea’s makeover to Paris fashion week, designer outfit after designer outfit paraded in front of my eyes. While I enjoy Gabbana as much as the next girl, I couldn’t help feeling there was a lot of surface in the film and very little depth. Even one of the major plot points – where Andrea must choose between advancing her career or supporting her best friend – was removed, showing Andrea in a more favorable light yet decreasing dramatic tension. However, the film did have its redeeming points: namely down to Emily Blunt’s superb portrayal of Andrea’s whip-wielding colleague, Emily. With razor-sharp sarcasm and a brittle outer shell, Blunt still managed to retain the audience’s sympathy when her Parisian dream ended in a flutter of white scarves and New York traffic.
Although I much prefer the book over the film, if you’re looking to lose yourself in a world where cerulean inspires lengthy discussions, then The Devil Wears Prada in any shape or form is a bona fide guilty pleasure.
Thanks to Talli for sharing her thoughts on a much beloved book and movie. As a special treat, she has TWO e-books of her latest novel, The Pollyanna Plan, for some lucky readers anywhere in the world.
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Please tell us your favorite movie version of a chick lit novel.
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Giveaway ends May 12th at midnight EST