Likes to Smile Book Club – Revenge Wears Prada

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! I’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of discussion day ever since I announced I was going to try a book club! Hooray!

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Oh, and also, SPOILER ALERT! We’re about to divulge the contents of Revenge Wears Prada, so if you’re excited to read it yourself, you should skip reading this blog.

And now for the good stuff. Let’s start our discussion. Woo to the infinite hoo!

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QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:

1) Who would play “Max” and “Miles” in the movie?
2) If, moments before your wedding, you found a letter from your fiance’s mother telling him not to marry you, what would you?
3) Andy mentioned that for a Valentine’s Day past, Max had draped black sheets over the balcony, taped up glow in the dark stars, served grilled cheese with anchioves and rented a telescope because she hates that you can never see the stars. Is this your idea of a dream date, worst date ever or somewhere in between?
4) Lauren Weisberger writes: “First loves were powerful and private, and they stayed with you a very long time. A lifetime. You could love your current partner more than anyone else on earth, but there would always be a small, intimate piece of your heart tucked way for the person you loved first.” Do you agree or disagree?
5) Did you empathize with the sense of betrayl Andy felt when she found out that Max and Emily had teamed up to sell The Plunge?
6) What was your overall take on the book?
7) What was your favorite part?

I’m going to write my answers below and you can add yours to comment section and then we can discuss. Oh, and if there is another question you would like to discuss that I didn’t think of, please pose it! I’m sure myself and others would love to discuss that, too.

And…if you wrote a review of your book in the blog, leave the link in the comments and I will additionally update this blog to include links at the bottom. So fun! Can’t wait to read what you think!! And away we go!

MY ANSWERS!

1) One of my favorite parts of this book was picturing the storyline as if it were an unfolding movie. I kept seeing Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and The Meryl! So good! And then I cast Henry Cavill as Max. I mean, a girl can dream, right? And I think Miles should be played by either Andy Samburg or Will Arnett.

2) Here’s how I would hope it would play out: I would tell everyone I accidentally moved a bobby pin and the hair fell down (small, white lie) so no one panicked while I postponed the ceremony to ask about the letter. And then depending upon how comfortable I felt in regards to the answer, I would decide what to do. I can’t imagine walking down the aisle, while knowing my husband was in secret contact with an ex! As to the mother-in-law, let her have whatever craziness she will have. Her son obviously chose to ignore it. But my plan would be to discuss first, marry second.

3) Dream date! It was so thoughtful and funny; with a wink towards just enjoying life and the things in life that make you smile (like grilled cheese).

4) Agree! But I think it is true of everyone that you care about in life, not just first loves. It’s about knowing someone in a particular moment in time.

5) I found myself empathizing with Max. Andy mentioned that she had never fully explained her experience with Miranda to him and each time he (or Emily, really) attempted to broach the subject, she avoided the conversation entirely. I felt like Max kept attempting to communicate and discuss it with her and she assumed his position/wants and expected telepathy on her part. Because he had a large stake in the company (as a business proposition) and because he is supposedly her partner and best-friend (most importantly), I felt like he deserved to have his voice heard and to discuss how he would like to see events unfold. What he did was terrible. But Andy was partially responsible: avoidance never gets you what you want. Communication, like content, is king.

6) I remember LOVING Devil Wears Prada. A lot. As to Revenge Wears Prada, I liked it (a lot), but I didn’t love it. The majority of the book felt like a narrative telling of Andy’s thoughts and I would have preferred more plot. Rather than tell me about Andy and everyone else’s character: show me. Now despite this critique, I still found this book to be a page-turner. I tore threw it in two days flat.

7) The dinner party at Miranda’s. Now there was a multi-faceted, complex character with multiple motivations. The writing of her was incredible, while you always believed what happened next, you never saw it coming! And the ability to picture every scene taking place as The Meryl… oh yes! It was a win. Wouldn’t you love to read a book from Miranda’s point-of-view? It would be ah-mazing!

I cannot wait to read what you think about Revenge Wears Prada!! Share all your thoughts and feel free to diverge from the questions if there is something else you would like to discuss, I bet there are others who want to discuss it, too!

Come back Wednesday to discuss Someday, Someday, Maybe!!

Here are the questions again, so you don’t have to scroll up through the comments:

1) Who would play “Max” and “Miles” in the movie?
2) If, moments before your wedding, you found a letter from your fiance’s mother telling him not to marry you, What would you?
3) Andy mentioned that for a Valentine’s Day past, Max had draped black sheets over the balcony, taped up glow in the dark stars, served grilled cheese with anchioves and rented a telescope because she hates that you can never see the stars. Is this your idea of a dream date, worst date ever or somewhere in between?
4) Lauren Weisberger writes: “First loves were powerful and private, and they stayed with you a very long time. A lifetime. You could love your current partner more than anyone else on earth, but there would always be a small, intimate piece of your heart tucked way for the person you loved first.” Do you agree or disagree?
5) Did you empathize with the sense of betrayl Andy felt when she found out that Max and Emily had teamed up to sell The Plunge?
6) What was your overall take on the book?
7) What was your favorite part?

Thanks for reading along!! Until next time!

xoxo,
Stacey

Comments

  1. 1. I’m bad at casting people.
    2. I think it depends on the situation. If there was some sort of revelation in the letter, then I’d probably have to talk about it. But if it was just the MIL trying to stop the wedding because she didn’t approve of me, well then I’d probably still go through with it. After all, she’s not the one getting married. Although it’s really hard to completely say what I’d do until I was in that situation.
    3. I’d say it’s pretty much dream date material. It shows thought, which I think is really important. Plus, I’m not into making things a big deal, so low-key is perfect!
    4. I agree (for the most part). I think you’ll always have a soft spot for anyone who played a significant part in your life.
    5. Yes. I felt so bad for Andy! Granted, yes, she shouldn’t have avoided the situation, but they could have at least told her that they were entertaining the thought of selling without her. That might have persuaded her to communicate. I do think she could have communicated her reservations more. Like she pretty much only said she didn’t want to work for Miranda again. She didn’t explain why — how it made her feel, how she wouldn’t have any time for Max or Clementine. Maybe that could have helped the situation.
    6. I loved it! Probably more so than The Devil Wears Prada! And I loved picturing the movie cast in their respective roles.
    7. I love happy endings, so the part when Alex showed up at the writing space was my favorite part. The dinner party was a good part too. And yes, a book written from Miranda’s point of view would be amazing! I’d love to hear what’s going on in her brain. I honestly believe she’s not as evil as she portrays herself.

    Okay, this was so much fun! I think you need to start a monthly book club! How fun would that be?!

    • Allyssa,

      Thank you so much for loving book club and participating!! It makes me more excited than I could ever put into words. And I’m really thinking I might start a monthly book club! At the very least, at least I would then be guaranteed to read 12 books this year :)

      I agree, too, I always like to “think” I know how I would handle situations, but you never really know until you are in it!

      And good point, they should have told her they were entertaining the thought of selling without her. But, I also think the writer avoided writing the conflict of the two of them having a big fight and a big explanation session. Instead she basically just ended scene and wrote later that he went off and the daughter visits back and forth. Maybe it suited the character, but it bothered me.

      I will say, the idea that Emily called Alex and then he ended up at the writing space… I mean…don’t you just wish the world really worked that way?

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  2. SO excited!! Book club!!

    1) Patrick Dempsey as Max and Dax Shepard as Miles. Also lets talk about how in the movie (which I obviously watched in preparation) they changed Alex’s name to nate… what is that all about?!

    2) So all along I was thinking Andy did the right thing until I read your answer, Stacey. You are totally right. It is not so much about my mother in law not wanting me to marry her son (no surprise that andy and barbara were not BFFs) but ALL about the shock of finding out that my fiance had seen his first love in Bermuda and didnt tell me, and then of course my imagination running wild imagining what happened. I think your hair emergency plan is genius, but really just any diversion to stall until i was 100% sure this was the right thing to do. I want to walk down the aisle 110% happy!

    3) The concept is my dream date, the anchovies are my nightmare, but really i cant get over the impossibility of this date. Think about it: Valentines day, New York, FREEZING on the balcony… hmm…

    4)I think I agree to an extent, yes I agree that theres something special about a first love, from a nostalgic point of view. I particularly like the part where Andy runs into Alex and then completely understands where max could have been coming from with Katherine, but couldn’t understand it until she felt it first hand. Probably one of the most genius parts of the book.

    5) Absolutely empathize with Andy! 100%! What they did was wrong under any circumstance, but the fact that it was her husband and her best friend makes it unforgivable. What Weisberger doesn’t go into too much detail about is what happens after she kicks max out, and I am sure it wasnt a hasty decision to get a divorce, im sure they tried to talk ti through, but ultimately Andy is clearly a very emotional character and the betrayal was too much to be able to trust either one in the same way again. And ultimately she was right about not trusting Miranda.

    6) I loved it! I loved the internal monologue and I love that it ended happily ever after! But now I want to know more! Oh but I hated that she named her baby Clementine.

    7)I think my fave part was at the mommy group party when Andy realizes that Alex is Sophie’s Xander and it all clicks! That’s when I knew how it was going to end!!

    Can’t wait for someday someday maybe’s book club!

    • Hi Jaime!!

      Thank you so much for loving book club and playing along and coming back Wednesday to play along again! That people read the book, too, so we could discuss: it just warms my heart like you wouldn’t believe.

      And Patrick Dempsey and Dax Sheppard! YES! I forego my original thought and bow down to yours. Excellent casting. I forgot that in the movie Alex was called Nate!! In which case, I change Mile’s name to Mumford. Doesn’t Mumford sound much more like a Producer?

      And I agree, when it’s my turn to be the bride, I want to be 110% happy on wedding day, I don’t want to be wondering about scenarios with the ex. Although, I could understand the pressure of feeling a room full of people who came for your event.

      HAHAHAHA! I so loved the concept, I didn’t at all think about the improbability of it. I’m a fool for a romantic act :)

      I wish Weisberger hadn’t glossed over that part. I would have loved to have heard Max’s explanation from his own mouth.

      Can’t wait to chat more on Wednesday!!

      xoxo
      Stacey

  3. I haven’t read the book – but i just wanted to say that I love the thoughtfulness behind that dream date. So sweet! i wish more boys were as awesome as the boys in fiction 😛

    • Hi Kimmy!!

      Haha! Touche! Do you by chance watch Grey’s Anatomy? Shonda Rhimes (the creator) once made this great comment about McDreamy where she said something like, “Of course he’s a dream guy, I made him up and then I made him say all the things I wished boys really said.” I always loved that. Amazing, right?

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  4. It’s 2am (bangkok) and I just finished the book! I’m happy and sad.. And tired :-) so I will come back tomorrow to discuss the book. But all the comments already made me think differently about some parts. :-) great idea Stacey! Love the once a month book club!!! Xx

    • Hi Claudia!

      So glad you are loving book club! I think I’ll have to do it again!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

  5. 1) I’m not sure yet but it must be a combo of mcdreamy and mcsteamy.
    2) I couldn’t bother about the mother as most girls don’t like their mother in law but I would definitely be very curious about the ex girlfriend. I would try to delay in some sort of way and get him talking to me before I walked down the aisle.

    3) I loved that part. It’s a girls dream that her boyfriend or husband remembers right? :-) I do loved the part that he organized everything himself. But valentines day is still in winter in NY right?

    4) I think your first love is always special yes. But I’m not sure I still have a place in my heart for him. I think it depends on how long you were together with him and how intense it was.

    5) I thought it was horrible what Max did. Especially finding out like that. I thought it’s even worse that Emily let Max do this. She knew that he took her side.. She must have realized that it was such a bad thing to do. I actually never trusted her.. Don’t know why. She hadnt much interest in Andy at all. Only business wise. I would have loved to know how things ended between Max and Andy. Made me sad that they were breaking up while they just had a little baby.

    6) it was a page turner but sometimes I skipped some parts when the writer discribed so much in detail that it became a bit boring. Though the part when Andy decided that it was over with max I was sad but I understood why she couldn’t go through with their marriage. I’m definitely looking forward to the movie. Any news on that?
    The Meryl was as good as always. I love to see the dinner night in the movie. Meryl smiling like she means it. Wonder how that looks :-)

    7) Alex or Nate, walking into the writers office at the end! Hmmm… Made me happy again :-)

    • Hi Claudia,

      Oooo! McDreamy and McSteamy?! YES! I love it!

      As to your point about Valentine’s Day being in Winter, Jaime also pointed that out! I think she makes a good point. I, on the other hand, didn’t stop to think about the practicality of it at all!

      So all of your comments made me reconsider my stance on Max. I think he should have told Andy that he and Emily were thinking of using their powers to out-vote her. But I do agree with you that I wish the scene of Max and Andy coming to an end had actually been written.

      I haven’t seen any news on the movie. I’m curious?

      Thanks so much for playing along, it so warmed my heart. Unbelievably so!

      xoxo,
      Stacey

      • I can imagine it must be heart warming that a lot of readers are joining your book club. I haven’t started the second book yet but when I finish I will definitely check your post about it. I’m looking forward to the monthly book club. Are you going to do it? :-) Xx

        • Hi Claudia,

          Ooo! Yes! I would love to hear your thoughts on the second book! And thanks again for playing along with the first book. It really was so heart warming.

          And yes! I am going to do a monthly book club! I’ll keep you all posted! This was so fun for me (and I hope for others, too)!

          xoxo,
          Stacey

  6. 1) Max=Chris Pine, Miles=?? not sure, I never really pictured it in my mind.
    2) I would totally confront my fiance right then and there. A marriage that doesn’t have 100% trust will never work.
    3) Very thoughtful. I don’t know many guys who would put that much thought into V-day, but I am hopeful they exist!
    4) Disagree. There will always be leftover feelings and emotions–but that doesn’t equal love.
    5) Yes. What he did was unforgivable. But honestly, she set herself up for it. Emily’s true colors were always pretty clear.
    6) Unlike everyone else I really didn’t like it. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I didn’t feel like the Andy that we knew at the end of Devil Wears Prada ever would have made a place in the world of high fashion, money and power. I felt she really learned her lesson and didn’t find her relationship with Emily believable or that she would be satisfied writing about weddings. I just couldn’t connect with her character. In an Twitter exchange with Stacey she pointed out that this book was entirely in Andy’s head–I would completely agree. Like Claudia I skimmed parts–I felt so much was repeated over and over.
    7) The end. So glad she ended up with Alex.

    • Hi Rachael,

      Oooo!!! Chris Pines. Yes!

      I think I agree with you, I do think Andy set herself up for it.

      Meanwhile, I think you got answer #6 just right, perhaps that is what I was feeling but couldn’t articulate. I also struggled with how much of the book took place in Andy’s head. I wanted more and more conflict to happen in the “real” world and I felt like the writer avoided writing the conflict.

      Thanks for coming to discuss!

      xoxo
      Stacey

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