In Talks with : Lauren Weisberger, Author of The Devil Wears Prada
Updated on: 30 Jun 2016
Author Lauren Weisberger of The Devil Wears Prada fame talks about her new book on women's professional tennis and the 10th anniversary of the hit film based on her debut.
Author Lauren Weisberger certainly has a knack for creating the perfect anti-hero. Although six books old, she is best known for giving readers the poster-person of evil bosses, Miranda Priestly, in her debut novel The Devil Wears Prada.
Set in the giddy, glitzy world of high fashion, the book was made doubly delicious by rumours that the bestseller was largely based on Weisberger's stint at iconic fashion magazine Vogue, where she worked for editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
Her latest book The Singles Game is set in the competitive world of women's professional tennis. Todd Feltner is coach to 25-year-old Charlotte 'Charlie' Silver, who is determined to win a Grand Slam.
Feltner is as offensive as he is brilliant -he is known to lead several high-profile players to thumping victories at tournaments even after serious injuries... but makes it a point to note that he has never, out of choice, coached a female tennis player until Charlie.
In an exclusive interview to Mumbai Mirror, Weisberger talks about The Singles Gameand the hit film The Devil Wears Pradaturning 10 this year.
First Miranda Priestly and now Todd Feltner. It does seem like your villains have no redeeming quality.
As a writer, characters like Todd are fun to write as they say what they think and are over-the-top. But I don't think they have no redeeming qualities, they just don't necessarily have the qualities that are a priority to my characters. Todd helps players win and that is a big redeeming quality. Priestly, in The Devil Wears Prada, got away with behaving the way she did because she was the best in the business. So it is more or less about what your priorities are.
How did you research the competitive world of women's professional tennis?