So, they’ve turned The Devil Wears Prada into a movie. At 1st, I was like, “huh? That wasn’t even a great book in the 1st place!? Why would they make a movie outta it?” So, I was wondering about this & though I was the only person who thought so. But I recently discovered that I wasn’t alone.
I had read this book back in the Spring/Summer of 2004, & in October of that year, I went to Texas for a week. When boarding the plane, you know how you go past 1st class (or business class, or whatever class-ism that airline is holding us all down w/) to get to your (or my, you may roll in more dough than me) seat. Well, in the “premier class” area, there was a woman (late 30s, nicely dressed in a cream outfit, it looked linen, but I don’t know if it was or not, don’t worry about how I even remember this stuff a year & a half later, but that’s me). Anyway, the woman was holding up & reading The Devil wears Prada, & was in the beginning of it. I had time to talk to her b/c the ppl in front of me were held up by the ppl in front of them putting carry-ons in the overhead compartment. So, here’s our mini-conversation:
Moi: “oh, I just read that book recently”
Woman: “really? Did you enjoi it?”
Me: “No, it wasn’t that great. I didn’t really care for it. You should read ‘blah’ instead”. [At the time, I had just read another book right after “devil…” but now I just don’t remember what it was. But I remember it was waaay better.]
Now, I was told shortly after this happened that it wasn’t very nice of me to tell some stranger that her book sucked & that she should read something else. Esp when she’s on a plane, can’t really go out to get the much-better book, & now is beginning a 3 & ½ hour flight, w/ possibly nothing else to read.
Well, it’s not my fault, she asked me a question & I answered it. Honestly. That’s just how I roll. [Oh, speaking of honesty, remind me to post about my car-shopping experience yesterday.] AND, not only that, but who am I to her anyway? She shouldn’t take what I say so seriously, it’s not like we’re close friends w/ all the same interests. Just b/c I didn’t like it, didn’t mean she wouldn’t. Obviously, enough ppl had to like it for a movie to get made.
Anyway, back to the point. So, at 1st, I was like, I don’t really want to see this movie. Even though I like Ann (Anne?) Hathaway & Meryl Streep. Then, I started thinking, well, maybe this is one of those movies that really shouldn’t have been a book in the 1st place, it may work as a movie. So, maybe I’ll see it when it comes out on video. Maybe not, I don’t know. How about this, if anyone out there sees it, let me know what y’all thought of it.
I mean, I prob should at least see it when it comes out on video. I saw le divorce on video, & that’s 2 hours (yes, TWO HOURS!) of my life I’ll never get back. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it was just a “little less than mediocre” movie. I’ve now forgotten the point of this whole post. Oh, I’ve decided to see what others say regarding the devil movie, & then decided if I’ll see it in the future. There.
In other news, they made a movie outta In Her Shoes. Now, I love (love, love, love) Jennifer Weiner. I love that she’s a Philadelphian, & has taken great pride in sharing specific places & events of the city of Philadelphia w/ her readers. But that was not her greatest book. I never did see the movie they made of In Her Shoes, so I’d appreciate feedback on that too. But I can’t imagine it’d be that great. Let me know if you’ve seen it.
HOWEVER, if you are female & if you’ve ever had “body”-issues (you know what they are if you’ve had them; if you don’t know what they are, that means you’ve never had them, & you can just stop reading); then you must read Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner. This book was absolutely amazing. It was well-written, entertaining, & really made you feel for the character. Go here & click on the link to read the 1st chapter.
Also, Jennifer Weiner mentioned this place call “Morning Glory” (I think that was the name of the place, I read the book at least 2 or 3 years ago). Anyway, the way she described it made me totally want to go there for breakfast/brunch! I’ve been to Philly at least 3 times since then, & I completely have talked about it, & begged to go there everytime. I’ll make it there sometime. Debbie, if you’re reading this, if you go there, could you tell me how it was, so maybe I could experience it vicariously through you?
4 thoughts on “devil, planes, & ‘Morning Glory’”
nice move – i never have a problem telling someone that the book they are reading sucks. i also use this for movies and cds. sometimes people just gotta know…!
My boss just saw the movie & he said that watching Meryl Streep in it was hilarious! So, maybe I’ll see it on video.
Hotwire- I only read meaningless chick-lit (it works well on threadmills); so I’m afraid you’d tell me all my books suck.
I haven’t read the book but I don’t see what the big fuss is about. But yeah the movie seems decent enough … I mean it is the Streepster.
Sorry it’s taken me so long to write this, but I have heard of the place and a friend of mine says it’s very good. I shall make it my mission to go there and report back to you. And the next time you’re in Philly, I know you’re meeting up with me for at least lunch. Maybe at Morning Glory?