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The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada

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THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
After graduating from Brown with a degree in English, she visited India with her  boyfriend Alex Fineman and came down with amoebic dysentery. Recovered, Andrealeaves her home in Avon, Connecticut for New York City. There she moves in with her longtime friend Lily, now doing graduate studies in Russian at Columbia, and looks for a job.A longtime reader of 
The New Yorker 
, she blankets the magazine publishing industrywith her résumé, hoping to land enough experience somewhere and eventually get a jobat the prestigious weekly. Still not over her dysentery, she gets a surprise interview at theElias-Clark group. Afterwards she is hired as Miranda's junior assistant. While she knowslittle of her, she is told repeatedly that "a million girls would die for your job."Even happened Andrea Sachs was stuck in midtown Manhattan traffic, trying toremember how to use a manual transmission. She has picked up her boss's Porscheroadster,
 Runway
magazine editor Miranda Priestly, from a shop and must get it toMiranda's apartment in time for Miranda's family to go to the Hamptons for the weekend.While she is attempting to do this, Miranda calls on her cell phone and excoriates her for not doing her job properly. She also tells her to pick up her pet French bulldog from theveterinarian's office. Trying to comply, Andrea ruins some of the expensive designer clothing she is wearing. She wishes Miranda would die. But if that did happen, shereminds herself, she'd lose the pleasure of killing Miranda herself.Andrea is told that if she manages to stick it out working for Miranda for a year, she canhave her select pick of jobs within the magazine industry, so she valiantly strugglesonward. Even in the present, the perks aren't bad — between
 Runway' 
s notorious "closet"of designer clothes ostensibly "on loan" for photo shoots but rarely returned and often"borrowed" by the staff and the general obsequiousness she encounters as MirandaPriestly's personal assistant, she is able to acquire enough free designer clothing to fit in better with the rest of the fashionable
 Runway
staff. Eventually, she develops anappreciation for it and stops incurring Miranda's displeasure. She gets a Bang andOlufsen phone for free when Miranda doesn't want it, and learns that Elias-Clark's policies regarding expense accounts are rather lax, to the benefit of herself and her friends.She also goes to parties with celebrities. At one of them she meets ChristianCollinsworth, a Yale graduate who has been identified as the hot (in more ways thanone), up-and-coming writer of their generation. They become attracted to each other,complicating her relationship with Alex.Her job, however, begins to affect her health; she starts to lose weight because she can't bring herself to eat. This is due to the fact that she knows that she, after years of being talland fairly thin, is now the fat, lumpy dwarf. Eventually, she begins to rationalize her noteating by thinking that:
"Missing one meal won't hurt, and anyway, $2000 pants don't 
 
look so hot on a fat girl." 
She realizes that she, in that thought, has begun to embody the
 Runway
attitude.While working for Miranda, she receives a letter from a teenager, telling Miranda that sheloves her magazine, spends all her money on trying to look like the models, but still hatesherself because "my butt is huge" and "I'm too fat". The teenager begs Miranda to sendher a dress to wear to her prom, but ends by telling her that, even if she throws the letter in the trash can, she'll still love her. Andrea begins to doubt the true value of her job, as itis, primarily, encouraging the woman who makes teenagers all over America hatethemselves as much as this one. However, she keeps going, thinking that it will all beworthwhile when she gets a job at
The New Yorker 
.The 14-hour days she puts in almost routinely leave her little free time to spend with Alexand with Lily, who increasingly turns to alcohol and picks up dubious men to relieve pressures of graduate school. Her relationship with her family also suffers. Her parentscomplain she doesn't visit her older sister, who expects her first child. Andrea ignores allthis, even to the point of staying at work when Lily is arrested for going 'bottomless'while on a date with her latest dubious conquest.Matters finally come to a head when Emily gets mononucleosis and Andrea must travelto Paris with Miranda. Andrea agrees, although this will mean canceling her trip for Alex's homecoming weekend, which has dire consequences on her relationship withAlex.In Paris, she has a surprise encounter with Christian. Later that night, Miranda finally letsdown her guard a little bit and asks Andrea what she's learned, and where she'd like towork afterwards. She promises to place phone calls to people she knows at
The NewYorker 
on Andrea's behalf once her year is up, and tells her she can actually do somesmall written pieces for 
 Runway
.But back at the hotel, she gets two urgent calls from Alex and her parents asking her tocall them. She does so and learns that Lily is comatose in the hospital after driving drunk and wrecking a car.Though Andrea is receiving pressure from her family and Alex to return home, she tellsMiranda she will honor the commitment. Miranda is greatly pleased, and tells her that her future in magazine publishing is looking bright. At the Paris fashion show for ChristianDior, however, a livid Miranda phones her. After she hangs up, Andrea stares at her  phone, trying to think how to accommodate Miranda's impossible demand. Then, Andreafinally realizes that her family and friends are more important than her job, and realizesthat she is becoming more and more like Miranda. On the spot, Andrea flips out her cell phone and tells her family that she's coming home. Miranda disapproves, but Andrea tellsMiranda publicly "Fuck you, Miranda.
 Fuck you
." She is fired on the spot, but returnshome to reconnect with her friends and family. Her romantic relationship with Alex is beyond repair, but they remain friends. Lily recovers and fares well in court for her DUIcharge, receiving only community service.

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