Welp, I guess it’s time to go back to the well. One of my favorite contemporary authors, Lauren Weisberger, recently landed a deal to write Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, a sequel to her bestselling 2003 novel, The Devil Wears Prada.
Check out some info from the press release:
Eight years after saying goodbye to Runway, and escaping the clutches of Miranda Priestly, it seems as though Andrea “Andy” Sachs has the perfect life. The lowly assistant is herself now tabloid fodder. She edits The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine on newsstands, and works side-by-side with Emily, her old Runway colleague and new BFF. Andy is madly in love with Max, a dashing scion of a storied media company, and planning to tie the knot. But Andy is still haunted by her days atRunway, and the specter of Miranda Priestly. Andy can hardly know that all her efforts to build a bright new life will lead her directly to the one she fled — and into the path of Miranda.
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Tagged Andy Sachs, Anne Hathaway, Lauren Weisberger, Miranda Priestly, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, Simon & Schuster, The Devil Wears Prada
Just so you know, the full title of romance author Cathy Yardley’s how-to book is Will Write for Shoes: How to Write A Chick Lit Novel. Does it strike you as odd that I would read such a book? It shouldn’t – especially if you’ve already read my novel GUESTLIST.
In the weeks leading up to GUESTLIST’s release, whenever most people asked what genre it would fall into, I would say, without hesitation, “chick lit.” That response was usually followed by a look of utter perplexity.
But think about it. GUESTLIST is the story of a young woman who moves to New York City and attempts to adjust to life in her new surroundings. She begins looking for love (or, at least, companionship) and struggles to find a foothold in her career. Isn’t that basically what most chick lit books are about?
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Tagged Aliya S. King, Amy Sohn, Book Off USA, Candace Bushnell, Cathy Yardley, Chick Lit, Erica Kennedy, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Helen Fielding, Lauren Weisberger, Nick Hornby, Omar Tyree, Will Write For Shoes
Last week, while being interviewed by the lovely ladies of Hip-Hop is For Lovers, I was asked if I was okay with the term “urban lit” being used in regard to my novel Guestlist.
At the time, I said that I didn’t have a problem with it. After all, self-published urban lit pioneers like Vickie Stringer, Nikki Turner, and Teri Woods were massive influences on how I put Guestlist together and readied it for he masses.
But not necessarily on the story or how it was written.
And so, after thinking on it a bit more, I have to say that I don’t believe Guestlist is urban lit at all.
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Tagged Amy Sohn, BEAUTIFUL by Jay Fingers, Candace Bushnell, Cathy Yardley, Chick Lit, Colson Whitehead, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, HH4L, Hip-Hop is For Lovers, Lauren Weisberger, Memphis, Nikki Turner, Orange Mound, Sag Harbor, Tennessee, Teri Woods, Teri Woods Publishing, Triple Crown Publications, Urban Lit, Vickie Stringer, Will Write For Shoes
Early into Last Night at Chateau Marmont, I came to the conclusion that I really don’t like author Lauren Weisberger’s main characters. They are often ordinary people (women, rather) suddenly and unexpectedly dropped into extraordinary and ostensibly enviable situations. While most of us would relish the opportunity to experience what these characters experience, I find that Weisberger’s heroines hate their new situations and spend a great deal of time whining, moaning, and crying “Woe is me.”
That’s certainly the case with Brooke Alter, the protagonist and proverbial lottery winner of Weisberger’s latest beach reach. Brooke is a nutritionist who worked two jobs to essentially support herself and hubby Julian, a session musician and aspiring singer-songwriter who suddenly finds himself rocketed to the big time after a performance on Jay Leno makes him a bona fide star. Bring on the paparazzi, red carpet events, and sexy starlets!
But Brooke is clearly not ’bout that life. Despite a support system that includes her divorced parents, brother and sister-in-law, and best friend Lola, Brooke finds herself overwhelmed by the demands of being a celebrity wife. And when both her marriage and career are on the verge of imploding, Brooke finds herself the star of a celeb-reality circus for which she never signed up.