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‘Devil Wears Prada’ Sequel Book ‘Revenge Wears Prada’; Miranda Priestly Returns, Based On Anna Wintour [READ]

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Lauren Weisberger’s debut novel, “The Devil Wears Prada,” spawned a hit movie starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, and now there’s a sequel, “Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns.”

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“Revenge Wears Prada” picks up 10 years after Andy Sachs abruptly quits her job as Miranda Priestly’s assistant, with Andy and Priestly’s assistant Emily now best friends and cofounders of a bridal magazine, the Plunge.

“The Devil Wears Prada” was a fictionalized exposé on Weisberger’s time as an assistant to Anna Wintour at Vogue, and the new novel makes it clear that Miranda Priestly is a stand-in for Wintour, reports the Washington Post.

Miranda Priestly is seen at a basketball game with tennis player Rafael Nadal, a reference to Wintour’s friendship with tennis pro Roger Federer, and Weisberger writes that Miranda is now the editorial director for Runway’s parent company; Anna Wintour was given the role of Condé Nast artistic director earlier this year.

Priestly is described as “ “waving her devil tail and her Prada bag,” showing that Weisberger does not have friendly feelings towards her former boss.

Lauren Weisberger talked to Fashionista about the sequel and why she wrote it now.

“These were my first characters from my first book, and I just started thinking that it’s been a decade. So much happens in ten years, especially in your 20s and 30s, and so much had happened in my own life,” she said.

“So I just started feeling curious about what was going on with Andy and Emily and the whole crew, and it just seemed like the right timing.”

“I think I still pull a lot from my own personal experiences. In the last ten years I got married, I had two kids, I’m still writing. It’s not totally the same for Andy–she’s still writing, she also got married, and I don’t want to give anything away, but motherhood plays a role in this book–not necessarily for Andy!” she explained.

“So in that way I definitely pull from my own life. But at the same time it was really fun to invent from scratch the back story of these characters from the past ten years.”

Read an excerpt from the new novel here.

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