The Devils Don’t Always Wear Prada
Have you read The Devil Wears Prada? It’s a novel written by Lauren Weisberger. When I first read it, I was impressed. It was a brilliant novel portraying the reality of work life from the eye of a naive and idealistic fresh-grad. I could easily relate to it since I’ve had several jobs where I imagined perfect plots to murder my bosses. Imaginary plots, of course.
In the book, the protagonist, Andrea goes through a personal change of character; when she first starts working, she loathes the job, ridicules the fashion world (she works in a fashion magazine, in the book it is thought to be in the same calibre as Vogue), and she absolutely despises her boss, Miranda Priestly, with passion. It seems as if Miranda exists to make the life of every single person who work for her, including Andrea’s, a living hell.
What amazes me the most is the fact that how rare it is to find a solid, real-honest-to-God good bosses; the one that you can really look up to. Most of the time, we hear people complaining about their bosses; they’re mean, bitchy, unreasonable, selfish, immature, manipulative, unhappy, moody and I’m sure there are many other adjectives that you can think of, based on your own personal experiences with your bosses.
Funny, considering that these bosses used to be in our position, surely they must know how it feels like to be a fresh-grad, to be young, to be working for someone who is so evil, to loathe the person whom you’re working for; so why, oh why, do they end up being the person they used to hate?
It’s like a never-ending cycle.
It makes me think though; do people, somewhere along the way, change, as they move up on their careers? If so, what does? Is it the money? The pressure? The lack of time spent with their family as they get more responsibility heaved on their shoulders? I mean, I can totally relate to that. But can those things really turn a good person into a horrible person that they’d hate themselves if they were in their subordinates’ position?
In The Devil Wears Prada, Andrea eventually learns the ropes of working in a fashion magazine. She improves herself day by day and Miranda the boss starts to appreciate her more, until she trusts Andrea enough to accompany her in the fashion show in Paris, which is a big deal because Andrea gets to sit at the front row seats at the fashion shows and wear couture and gets made up by professional make up artists and most importantly, keeps all the clothes and accessories she wears – which, to people who are passionate about fashion is practically heaven coming true. Unfortunately, Andrea’s love life undergoes a major fall as she spends more time working longer hours, going out and running errands for Miranda, and neglecting her boyfriend and even forgetting his birthday.
I guess Peter Parker’s uncle must be right; Big power comes with big responsibility. Just because you get promoted and get more bonus either in salary or perks, it doesn’t mean that your life gets easier. People think that having a good career and salary must be sweet, but we forget about the things that they have to sacrifice in order to achieve those things; quality time with their loved ones, or children, in which they can never get back, the stress and worry that affect their phisyque (most often than we realize, health problems are caused by stress), the lonely feeling of being on top. I mean, be honest; you don’t exactly look forward to sit at the same table with your boss during lunch time, do you?
In Andrea’s case, the Devil wears Prada. In any other cases, the Devils wear themselves out in reaching for the top and realizing that it is a lonely place.