Oscar season is in full force, and one of the “Reel Lit” November 2016 movies coming soon to theaters is surrounded with Oscar buzz thanks to stellar acting. This month also brings the return of the wizarding, imaginative world of J.K. Rowling.

A Street Cat Named Bob – November 18

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Synopsis: The true feel good story of how James Bowen, a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat. A Street Cat Named Bob is an adaptation of James Bowen’s book, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – November 18

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Synopsis: In 1926, Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is based on the Hogwart’s textbook of the same name written by J.K. Rowling. The film is scheduled for nationwide release on Friday, November 18th.

Lion – November 25

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Synopsis: A five-year old boy takes a wrong train that leads him thousands of miles away from his home and family and is later adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, using scattered memories and Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family. Lion is an adaptation of Saroo Brierley’s memoir, A Long Way Home.

Your Turn

So…have you read any of the book versions for these November 2016 movies? Are you excited to return to the imaginative world of J.K. Rowling? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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Do you have a go-to place when you’re ready to do some serious reading? I live in a tiny 1-bedroom apartment with my boyfriend and our cat, so my short answer is “nope”! Most of the time I start on the sofa, then I move to the bed when I need more space to spread out and something more comfortable. One day, hopefully before I’m old and gray, I want to have a space that is all my own to read to my heart’s content. In preparation of such a day, I am designing my ultimate reading nook! Here are the 10 things I want (in no particular order):

Large Bay Windows

Can you just imagine lying on a bench encased in bay windows letting in all that beautiful bright natural light?! No blinds necessary, just sheer curtains that can be pulled back or left hanging depending on how much sunlight I desire. Even a rainy day would provide the perfect ambiance. What would be more relaxing than listening to the rain while I am nose deep in a giant book? When I want to pause and ponder something I just read, I stare outside. So moody…I love it!


If you know me, then you know that my dream is to have my own library that is covered with books from the floor to the ceiling. That seems a little too excessive for a reading nook. Instead I’ll just get something to house some of the hardback books on my reading list.

Soft Lighting

Large windows are great for daytime reading, but what’s a girl to do when it gets late, and I’m deep in a marathon reading session? That’s when soft lighting comes into play. I am thinking a dimmer, so I can get the perfect light that will get me relaxed, but hopefully not relaxed enough to fall asleep.

Multiple Seating

Since the sofa is a piece of crap…my 2 options are more like 1½ options. The first thing I’m bringing is a chaise lounge so I can stretch out on something both comfortable and stylish. Next is an area on the floor full of pillows where I can sprawl out for some stomach reading when I’m feeling too lazy to hold the book. Of course, I need to round it out with a desk and sturdy but comfy chair to use when I need to take notes while reading.

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Office Supplies

Can I share a secret with y’all? I love shopping for pretty office supplies. TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and World Market can be dangerous places when it comes to that…so many cute notebooks, pens, journals, notecards, desk decor, and more! And have you been able to walk out of Barnes and Noble without buying a new bookmark that you most likely don’t even need?! I haven’t! I definitely “need” all these things for my nook.


You may ask yourself, “Why would you purposely burn candles around all those books? That is definitely a fire risk” Yes, you are probably right about the fire risk, but I like when the room smells like vanilla, and candles enhance the ambiance created by the lighting and sound system.

Chest of Drawers

Every book can’t be a hardback, you know, so where will I keep the paperbacks? Hardback books look great on the bookshelf (le chic!), but paperbacks on the bookshelf doesn’t satisfy my design aesthetic. Instead I would store them in drawers with the spines showing for easy access and categorizing (one of my favorite things to do!).

Wall Art

I have a vanity where I luxuriate in general girliness (makeup, jewelry, fragrance). The wall above it is filled with glittery artwork that inspires my inner fashionista while I’m applying a smoky eye, a red lip, or a little Flowerbomb. I want the artwork hanging in my nook to help bring the fantastical worlds I’m reading into my reality because your surroundings should serve as your muse.

Bluetooth Speakers

Maybe it’s due to years of city living, growing up on a military base, or residing near an airport, but I need some noise in the background…even when I’m reading. That means ambient music so I don’t feel like I’m in the middle of outer space. I’ve never had anything from Bose, but I hear their stuff is AMAZING (and quite pricey)! But in my dream reading nook, price is no option.

Mini Fridge

Could there be anything worse than having to take a break in the middle of an amazing sentence, paragraph, or chapter because your stomach won’t stop rumbling or your mouth is bone dry? Of course there could always be something worse…I’m being hyperbolic people! But stay with me here. Wouldn’t it be super cool to only have to walk a few feet instead of having to go downstairs or down the hallway or on the other side of the house just to get a snack or drink. All that effort cuts down on reading time, and a mini fridge would definitely solve that issue.

Your Turn

So…what do you think of my reading nook design? What would you include in your dream reading nook? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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Title: The Lorax
Screenwriter: Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio
Director: Chris Renaud
Release Date: March 2, 2012
Running Time: 86 minutes
Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Ted lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town of Thneedville. Ted would very much like to win the heart of Audrey, the girl of his dreams, but to do this, he must find that which she most desires: a Truffula tree. To get it, Ted delves into the story of the Lorax, once the gruff guardian of the forest, and the Once-ler, who let greed overtake his respect for nature.

Reverse, Reverse

I will admit that I saw The Lorax the first time around when it was out in theaters, and I really liked it. If you’ve read my review of the book, then you know that I haven’t read the book since I was a kid, so I was far enough removed from the source material that it didn’t affect my enjoyment. Now that the book is fresh in my memory banks, I have done a totally 180 on this theatrical attempt.

Ten minutes hadn’t passed before I was already annoyed. O’Hare as an additional villain is totally unnecessary because we all know that the Once-ler is villain enough. When it comes to this story, more is too much. Two businessmen who could not care less about their destruction of the environment is total overkill. Also why did we need Audrey to encourage Ted to visit the Once-ler? Couldn’t he just as well been a boy who got curious from Grammy’s stories of what life in her younger days? How did Audrey even know about the trees… because I didn’t see her hanging out with Grammy or any other old person who could tell her how life used to be when there were Truffula Trees.

And the Once-ler…who was that guy?! So…the Once-ler is a country bumpkin who travels with marshmallows and an electric guitar? It looks more like he should be traveling to New York or Los Angeles to get a record deal because every 15 minutes he’s breaking out into his own music video. And did you notice how little the Lorax was actually in the film? I guess that’s how you must feel if you go to see a movie called Godzilla, and Godzilla doesn’t show up until the last 10 minutes of the movie.

Not Seuss Approved

It seems like the only homage to the greatness of Dr. Seuss was the title and when the end credits change from the movie CGI to the original illustrations. Where is the simple whimsy of days yore from one of the quintessential writers of children’s books? So…you didn’t want to sneak any of those rhyming lines into the script? I want my animated entertainment to warm my Grinch-like heart and delight the child within that I thought was possibly dead and gone.

I prefer the Lorax that drops bars as opposed to throwing ‘bows. I DID NOT enjoy seeing the Lorax as a snarky old orange ball of fur. I am snarky enough for the both of us. I mean…snarky Lorax made me laugh because I’m me, but he didn’t uphold the soul of the Lorax created by the one and only Dr. Seuss. The only saving grace was the mourning of the first Truffula Tree cut down by the Once-ler. I think the room got a little dusty when I was watching that scene.

Overall Opinion

The Lorax was a visual beauty, but that is to be expected in 2016. However, the storyline was a hot jumbled mess. Telling the story of the aftermath of the Once-ler’s actions was a good start, but inserting O’Hare as another villain was definitely unnecessary.

The Final Grade

Burnt Popcorn: This movie is not for those who love or even like the story of The Lorax. Do yourself a favor and watch the TV movie. You get the story as it should be in half the time. Sounds like a win-win to us!

Your Turn

So…have you seen the tv movie version of The Lorax? Did you enjoy this adaptation of The Lorax? Do you think Dr. Seuss would like this adaptation? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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The Lorax may be a short rhyming picture book, but it is full of plenty of quotes that make up think about the ways morality and greed play major roles in business and capitalism. Keep reading for our favorite Lorax quotes!

A Thneedie is a Million Dollar Idea?!

You poor stupid guy! You never can tell what some people will buy.

This quote from The Lorax seems to be the essence of all business. How can you know what will be a dud and what will bring in the big bucks? The Thneed totally reminded me of a Snuggie, and it appears that I was not alone . Just like the Thneed, the Snuggie came in like a lion and whimpered out like a lamb.

Like a Man Without a Plan

…business is business! And business must grow regardless of crummies in tummies…

It’s obvious that the Lorax is showing us the consequences of unchecked capitalism, but we are also shown that a business without a plan is definitely going to fail. The Once-ler definitely didn’t think it through when he cut down Truffula Trees two by two (OMG we just made a rhyme!). How can you have a sustainable business when you don’t develop a method to replenish or replace your resources?

Sí Se Puede

“UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” is one of the best Lorax #quotes #SeussSayer Click To Tweet

Now, that is one of the Lorax quotes we all need to live by! Put that on a bunch of stickers and slap them on every open space you can find. If we want better, then we have to be better. We can do it!

Just Like Pringles

There’s no cause for alarm. I chopped just one tree. I am doing no harm.

Famous last words! How many times have you told yourself that you’re just going to have just one cookie, but then you wake up from your sugar coma and realized you just ate the entire box?! Oh…just me and Cookie Monster? Well, if cookies aren’t your thing, replace cookies with beer or wine or cigarettes or a bump of cocaine…wow, that escalated quickly, but you get what we’re saying, right?!

Stand Tall

A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.

Of all the Lorax quotes, this quote reminds me of something my elders would always tell me: “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” There is no need to follow the winds of what is trendy. Just stand as tall and beautiful as a Truffula Tree in your truth, and just be yourself. You are the best you that you can be! #SeussSayer

Your Turn

So…which Loraxism piqued your eyes and ears? Does the Thneed remind you of a Snuggie? Do you have a Snuggie? Do you want a Snuggie? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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The Lorax Book Cover

Title: The Lorax
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 1971
Summary: Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.

Preaching to the Choir

When was the last time you read The Lorax? Me? I haven’t read it since I was a kid, and I don’t remember it being influential to my childhood. Basically, the only thing I remembered is the same quote that everyone knows whether or not they read the book: “I’m the Lorax, and I speak for the trees!” Now I am reading the book for the second or maybe third time as an adult with all of my adult ideas and experiences.

Can I share a secret with y’all? I care about what is happening to the planet. I believe that climate change is a real occurrence that is affecting our present and future. I recycle paper, cardboard, cans, bottles, plastic bags, ink cartridges, and electronics. I buy environmentally friendly cleaning products and paper products made from recycled paper. I use reusable bags when I go to the grocery store. I bring a cup when I treat myself to Starbucks. So, it boils down to I am playing my part as a planeteer to help Captain Planet because the power really is mine. So…of course I am going to be on the side of the Lorax when it comes to this David versus Goliath battle!

Greed is Great

The Once-ler is a villainous “crazy with greed” McGreederson who only cares about selling his Thneeds. He settles on land that doesn’t belong to him to reap the natural resources, Truffula Trees, without thinking of the consequences or the inhabitants. Through his actions, he basically said “skedaddle Swom-mee Swans”, “hit the bricks Humming-Fish”, and “beat it Bar-ba-loots”! The Once-ler only cares about making the moolah and turning Truffula Trees into Thneeds. If that means destroying an ecosystem with unsustainable deforestation and dumping hazardous waste into fresh water sources, then so be it! Because the Once-ler is not only the president of the Gordon Gekko Fan Club, he is also the founding member.

The Thneedy Tree-ty

In the clash between The Lorax, lone environmentalist, and The Once-ler, Mr. CEO, it is obvious that the Once-ler wins the battle (making lots of money is AWESOME!) but loses the war (can’t make Thneeds ‘cause there’s no more Truffula Trees!). When the Once-ler cuts down the last Truffula Tree, the Lorax gives him the Side Eye of Shame and lifts himself into the heavens as sacrifice for the greed of Big Business. That’s a mic drop, yo! End of discussion! The Lorax basically did his version of Kermit the Frog sipping Lipton. #TeaLizard

But with all that being said, even I have to admit that the Lorax is a bit preach and totally self righteous. He is like that vegan friend that berates you while you’re trying to enjoy your bacon cheeseburger. Of course you know it would be healthier for you and better for the planet if you ate more lettuce and legumes and less pigs and cows, but that freaking burger is delicious! Then when you bring up your heartburn, Vegan Victor just sips his green power smoothie. BLOOP!

Overall Opinion

The Lorax is a great way for kids and adults who love the planet to connect. Depending on their age, the kids might not completely understand the thematic tones, but they will definitely enjoy the beautiful colors and illustrations. When you are looking to have story time with rhymes, timeless illustration, and a valuable message, this is a go-to book.

The Final Grade

Carpe Librum: The Lorax is considered a classic in the world of children’s literature, and I would have to agree. This is a must read for both children and adults because everyone should be reminded of the importance of taking care of the environment for future generations.

Your Turn

So…is The Lorax one of your childhood favorites? Do you agree that The Lorax is right, but too preachy? Are you like Vegan Victor or Burger Bob? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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There are plenty of October 2016 movies that have audiences tingling with excitement and anticipation, but we only get excited about movies based on books. This month is bringing a few international bestsellers to the big screen.

The Girl on the Train – October 7

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Synopsis: Rachel, who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. One morning she sees something shocking and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds. The Girl on the Train is an adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name written by Paula Hawkins.

The Late Bloomer – October 7

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Synopsis: A 30-year-old sex therapist who has never gone through puberty has his world turned upside down after the removal of a benign brain tumor resting on his pituitary gland. He experiences all the changes and effects of puberty over the following three-week period. The Late Bloomer is based on Ken Baker’s 2001 memoir, Man Made: A Memoir of My Body.

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – October 21

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Synopsis: Jack Reacher heads back to his old military base in Virginia to take a woman to dinner who is now the commanding officer. By the time he gets there, she has been arrested, and Reacher finds himself being charged with pummeling one guy and fathering a child with a woman. He can’t remember either transgression but gets to the bottom of it with cunning and sometimes brute force. This sequel to the 2012 film Jack Reacher is based on the novel of the same name, which is the 18th book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child.

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American Pastoral – October 28

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Synopsis: Seymour “Swede” Levov, a legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman, is married to Dawn, a former beauty queen. When beloved teenage daughter, Merry, disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. American Pastoral is based on the novel of the same name by Philip Roth.

Inferno – October 28

Synopsis: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tries to stop a global genocide scheme by following clues in Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy. He battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Inferno is based on the novel of the same name by Dan Brown and is the fourth book in the Robert Langdon series.

Your Turn

So…have you read the books that inspired these October 2016 movies? Which adaptation do you think will be the best/worst? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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Creepy Halloween Forest
Image: Manuel Inglez

Guess what y’all?! It’s that time of year when we get to let our imaginations go wild when putting together our Halloween costumes for all those parties and contests. If you’re currently brain farting on what to wear to let all the trick-or-treaters and party goers know you are the truest book nerd, then we are here to offer a few ideas of the book characters you can be with the clothes sitting in your closet right now!

We have six costume ideas for bibliophiles who want to celebrate their book love on All Hallows’ Eve. Of course, this is definitely not an all-inclusive list, but hopefully it gives you some inspiration to create a stand out and affordable costume that will awe and delight!


Madeline Costume

This costume idea is for the girl who wants to be Parisian for the night. Do you have a blue dress and a pair of white tights and Mary Janes? All you need to add is a cute little yellow beret and a red tie to complete your Catholic boarding school attire. Be outgoing! Be brave! Be Madeline!

Mary Poppins

You transforming into everyone’s favorite nanny is just a few articles of clothing and accessories away. Long black skirt? Check! White Collared Shirt? Check! Red Bow? Check! Just add your black hat, umbrella, and handy carpet bag. With a little thrift store and closet shopping, you’ll be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in no time!

Mary Poppins Costume


If you have a pair of overalls and a t-shirt, then you are half way finished! You can even make this costume work with a plaid shirt and a pair of cuffed jeans. Just grab a pair of your most worn sneakers and your stuffed Wilbur, and you’re ready to collect the prize for your TERRIFIC pig!

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Mrs. Frizzle

This right here will definitely have you winning contests or at least being the hit of the party because who doesn’t love Mrs. Frizzle?! This costume is perfect for people who LOVE arts and crafts time if you decide to add themed decor to your dress like Hannah at The Outfit Repeater. Already have a themed dress? Wow, you are way ahead of the game! Just add some sensible shoes, Liz, and your school bus. Now, you are ready to take your class on a learning adventure!

Nancy Drew

Who wouldn’t want to dress up as America’s favorite teenage sleuth?! This is another costume that could be pretty easy to pull together with your current wardrobe. All you need is a plaid skirt, a crisp blouse, and a cardigan. Pair them with some loafers or oxfords. Grab your flashlight and magnifying glass because you have a mystery to solve!

Nancy Drew Costume

Any Harry Potter Character

When it comes to becoming a character from the Harry Potter series, the possibilities are ENDLESS!!! If you want to keep it simple, grab a black cloak, wandstuffed owl, and glasses and become Harry Potter, himself. Get a girl’s school uniform with some Gryffindor gear and you’ll be the spitting image of Hermione Granger!

Your Turn

So…do you have any other easy DIY Halloween costume ideas? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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When it came to The Devil Wears Prada, there were little to no stand out quotes. However, reading the book, and obviously the movie adaptation, sprouted plenty of random thoughts that we just had to share in this quotefest with almost no quotes.

When Andy Met Harry

For all my HP fans, how did you feel when Andy called the Harry Potter books wretched? I literally gasped and clutched my pearls. She was just jealous that she hadn’t thought of them first, right? Right!

Speaking of Harry Potter, I preferred the book solution to the HP problem. Andy had to find a solution on her own without the help of the guy trying to get in her pants. Also, there was the slight hiccup of there only being one copy, so the twins had to share, and it didn’t turn Andy into the super assistant.

Kiss Tucci’s Gucci

Stanley Tucci, like Meryl Streep, is one of the bests! No matter the role, he is going to knock it out of the park. Nigel from The Devil Wears Prada movie is so different from the Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada book that I almost thought they created a new person like Doug, the random fourth friend. In the book, Nigel rarely has contact with Andy and his description reminded me more of André Talley. In the movie, Nigel is basically Andy’s Fairy Godfather. Upgrading her from Gap to Chanel. Breaking her down and building her up and sprinkling some witty quips along the way. It’s one of the few aspects from the movie that I prefer to the book.

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Champagne Dreams and Bud Light Budgets

It’s so crazy how much money Runway spent with scrapping photo shoots, Miranda leaving Hermès scarves all over Manhattan, on-demand car service, daily dry cleaning, expensive Christmas gifts for Miranda’s contacts. Elias-Clark had to be hemorrhaging money! With the current state of print media, there has to be way tighter budgets these days. This alone makes the plot to The Devil Wears Prada seem like a pipe dream!

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Honesty is the Best Policy

Andy lets Miranda know that she is not into fashion and has never read Runway. That is a life lesson for us all to never lie on your résumé or during an interview. See kids…if you’re always honest, then you will luck into a job that a million girls would die for!

The Cerulean Read

I LOVE when Miranda reads Andy for filth over her comments about the turquoise belts. There is nothing like putting a know-it-all who thinks they’re above fashion in their place — Yes, even you, pseudo intellectual, wear what you wear because of me. It’s not in the book, but I would never ever take it out of the movie. It’s just too good and has become a classic scene!

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Not How That Works

“She was taking seventeen credits this semester in an effort to pull up her GPA after last spring’s mediocre showing.”


“An article for some totally random, esoteric academic journal that no one will ever read but I still have to write just so I can say I’m published” “That’s annoying. When’s it due?’ “Tomorrow.” Total nonchalance. She looked completely unfazed.


That was for all my fellow graduate school survivors who know that there is no way any of those two scenarios are possible. First of all, a full schedule of graduate level coursework is 3 classes, which gives you about 9-10 credits. Seventeen credits are implausible! And there is no way you can even write the first draft of an article that would be worthy of an academic journal the night before it’s due. C’mon Man. What we doin’ out here man?!

Great Minds Think Alike

Do you listen to Slate’s podcasts? Well, while listening to The Little Red Hen Edition of Dear Prudence, Prudy had the most amazing rant at the end of the show about the suckiness of Andy’s friends from The Devil Wears Prada movie.

Your Turn

So…has being completely honest landed you a sweet gig? Are you worried about the current state of print media? Have you survived grad school? What’s your favorite shade of blue? Are you Team Harry or Team Andy? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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Title: The Devil Wears Prada
Screenwriter: Aline Brosh McKenna
Director: David Frankel
Release Date: June 30, 2006
Running Time: 109 minutes
Synopsis: A smart but sensible new graduate lands a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of a high fashion magazine.

With Friends Like These

Can we talk about how Andy has terrible friends? So your friend hooks you up with FREE stuff, like a Jetsons cordless phone or a not-even available Marc Jacobs bag that you practically tongue down on site. To thank your friend for such an AMAZING hook up, when her boss from said job that gave her the opportunity to hook you up with FREE stuff calls, you proceed to snatch the phone out of her hand and play a game of Keep Away. When she rightly calls you an A-hole, you look surprised about all that justified animosity. ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!

Then…your super busy friend, who is getting her butt kicked as the personal gopher to one of the most important people in the magazine world, takes the time (when she would rather catch up on some much-needed sleep) to attend your art exhibit. To thank your friend for coming to support you on your big night, you make a big deal about seeing some random guy flirt with her just because she has a boyfriend. I’m sorry, was she making out with this guy in the middle of your art exhibit OR did she make a scene by physically mounting him just to take the attention away from you? Oh, she didn’t? Then what is your problem?! YES! Your friend is taking her new gig in the fashion industry seriously and dressing the part because she wants to do a good job, so she can have a decent recommendation when she moves on to her next endeavor. It’s called growing up and being a freaking professional! You don’t recognize the Andy you’ve know for the last 16 years? That’s because she’s in the real world now. Maybe you should join her.

And don’t think I forgot about you Nate! Your girlfriend is busy doing her job and something came up at the last-minute. So…no, she wasn’t able to make your birthday party. Get over it! How do you even have time to celebrate your birthday anyway?! You are a chef in New York City…you know, the city that never sleeps. Shouldn’t you be in the kitchen mincing garlic or searing steaks or julienning peppers or whatever the heck kitchen staff does? Restaurants are always open and chefs hardly ever get time off, so how are you even around to notice how busy Andy is? You should be even busier than she is. My goodness, the best friend that Andy has is Doug, and he is just some random dude they threw in the movie to turn that friendship triangle into a square.

It’s Faux Fiction

Wow! I’m pretty sure the only thing this movie kept from the book was the title. Okay, okay…they did keep some of the characters, like Andy and Miranda (because you wouldn’t have a movie without them) and Emily. But my goodness, they changed Alex’s name to Nate, Lily was a completely different person, and they added random friend Doug to the group. Was he supposed to be a re-imagination of the guy in the book who was Lily’s ex-boyfriend and worked in the same building as Andy? Who knows…le sigh!

Let’s start with Lily. In the book, she was in graduate school studying Russian literature with a specialty in alcoholism. Can you believe she actually encouraged Andy to take things further with Christian even though she was in a relationship with Alex?! Book Lily thought Andy and Alex were way too young to be settling down, and that’s probably the smartest thing she said in the entire book. Book Lily definitely wasn’t the condescending friend who made Andy feel bad for succeeding at her job. I prefer the Lily who drank, partied, and basically flunked out of grad school.

Ugh…what in the world did they do to Miranda Priestly?! Don’t get me wrong, Meryl Streep is a wonderful actress, but this Miranda is not Miranda. Miranda Priestly is of Jewish descent who left home at 18 because she had ambitions that her family just didn’t understand. She is also in a very loving marriage with a husband who understands and respects the demands of her job. In the book, Miranda does whatever she can to please her husband…even going as far as to plan an engagement party for her brother-in-law who she sees as an unsophisticated and uncouth hick. But why present a fresh take on the inner workings of marriage for a powerful woman? No, it’s so much easier to go with the tired cliché of the power-hungry man-eater who can’t keep a husband because she only knows how to put her career first. Obviously, there is no husband who could handle such a blow to his fragile male ego. I think it would have been interesting to present the woman who is the task master at work, but also gets to have it all with a husband and children who adore her. Now that is a woman worth hating!

Overall Opinion

This used to be a pretty enjoyable movie for me because I thought of it as an homage to fashion. It will always delight my inner fashionista because even 10 years later, the wardrobe is still CLASSIC. However, after reading the book and knowing the true story, I will have to wait a while before I give this movie another go.

The Final Grade

Burnt Popcorn: Could you expect anything else after that rant? Turning Miranda into a conniving backstabber in order to make her a true villain is so unnecessary. The source material provided plenty to get that point across. Even the way Andy quits is better in the book. What’s better than saying a big F U to the boss who just made the last few months of your life a living hell. Then getting a writing job on your own terms because of that epic meltdown.

Your Turn

So…did reading the book change your opinion on the movie? Do you think Andy’s friends were the worst? Which versions of Lily and Miranda do you prefer? How long would you have survived as Miranda Priestly’s assistant? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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The Devil Wears Prada Book Cover

Title: The Devil Wears Prada
Author: Lauren Weisberger
Publisher: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 2003
Summary: Andrea (Andy) Sachs is hired as a personal assistant to a powerful fashion magazine editor, a job that becomes nightmarish as she struggles to keep up with her boss’ grueling schedule and demeaning demands.

Warning: This book review contains spoilers.

Art Imitating Life?

Confession Time: Before reading The Devil Wears Prada, I always thought it was an autobiographical account of an experience where the names were changed to protect the guilty. Now, I know that although the story is fictional, it is possibly based on the author’s experience of being an assistant to the one and only maven of all things fashion, Anna Wintour. Of course, Ms. Weisberger would never come out and admit such information because I’m sure that is grounds for being sued. It’s better just to live in the grey area of speculation. I’m sure life is much more fun there.

Shut Up and Slog

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I just could not get over Andy’s whiny nature. She seemed to complain about every aspect of her job and question everything like she, as the newly hired assistant with no prior experience or knowledge of the fashion world, knows more than the Editor-in-Chief or the assistant who just had the job Andy now holds. I understand that it must really suck to basically have to be at the beck and call of a very demanding person, but honey, you signed on the dotted line, so you’re just going to have to deal with it. Besides it’s only for 1 year, and it’s a job that “a million girls would die for!” Plus, if you don’t like it, you can always quit…which is what you did.

Guilt Trips for $100, Alex

My goodness! What was up with everyone making Andy feel so guilty for being busy at the job she is being paid to do and is going to be the giant stepping stone for her writing career. Especially, when those people should be way too busy themselves. Take Alex (the boyfriend, not the Jeopardy host) who starts off supportive and understanding, but soon devolves into a petulant child. Andy and Alex breaking up is probably the best thing to happen to her. She found out that he doesn’t have what it takes to stick it out during the valleys that any good relationship must be able to withstand. As a first year teacher working in New York’s inner city schools, with the hopes and dreams of being the male equivalent of Michelle Pfeiffer from Dangerous Minds, it surprises me that he has the free time to even be worried about how much time Andy is spending at work. With the demanding job of teacher, he should be just as busy, if not more.

Even her parents making her feel guilty about not visiting after her sister, Jill, has a baby was way too much. Are you kidding me?! As an adult person, you know that no matter what your job is, you can’t just take off work for an extended period of time just to visit your newborn nephew. Sorry…but if parents can barely get leave, then I doubt they’re just making it rain PTO on aunties. Why aren’t people realizing that entering the real world and working is not like being in college?! Plus Andy already feels guilty for not being able to be there, so why pour salt in that wound?

Overall Opinion

Every single character irritated me, but the funny thing is that I was more annoyed at Andy and her crew than I was at Miranda and the Clackers (that sounds like a pretty cool band name). I even liked that the book started in the middle of the action, went back to the beginning, then continued the story. Definitely a nice change from standard storytelling.

The Final Grade

Page Turner: I was engaged in the story from beginning to end. It’s not a book that will be life changing, but it’s a good read when you want something light and breezy. Definitely makes for good beach reading.

Your Turn

So…were you annoyed by all of Andy’s complaining? Were you glad Andy and Alex split? Do you think the book is based heavily on working with Anna Wintour? Do you want the job “a million girls would die for”? Does Miranda and the Clackers sound like a good band name? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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