Vig Morgan finally worked her way out of her position as assistant to the chief editor, Jane McNeill, only to find herself one of many associate editors with no power and no hope of a promotion. Vig isn't like the other editors anyway. For one thing, she really could care less about who wore what where and what the latest trend is. She knows that the readers of Fashionista, the magazine where she works, are ready for something with a little more edge, a little more meat, but Jane is just not interested in new and fresh ideas. Vig was hopelessly stuck in what she thought would be her dream job with no real future until Marguerite, a new editor arrived. Turns out Jane and Marguerite are bitter enemies from back in the day when they were both underlings at their first major magazine job. Vig quickly takes a shine to Marguerite and her more progressive thinking and cannot stop herself from wondering what working at Fashionista would be like if Marguerite was the chief editor instead of Jane. Then the plot thickens...
Vig's neighbor in the next cubicle over has developed a plan to depose Jane, which would ensure Marguerite's chief editor status. All they need to do is persuade Alex Keller, the mysterious events editor, to run a huge spread on Gavin Marshall, the new artist who dresses statues of Jesus in Christian Dior. There will be a public outcry over Fashionista's bad taste in running the story and Jane McNeill will be fired. And Vig is the lynchpin. The other girls need her to make sure this plan goes through. And crazily enough, Vig finds herself drawn into the game...
This report prepared by Debbie
Red Dress, Mar 2003, 12.95, 288 pp.
For five years Vig Morgan has worked on Fashionistas, a magazine devoted to telling readers nothing about celebrity fashion. Vig survived a maniac boss and is now an associate editor in a pool of killer sharks also known as peers.
A new Editor in Chief Marguerite with a zillion other names lifted from her ex spouses Holland takes charge. Ruthless Jane McNeil is irate because she felt the job should have been hers. Other associates want Vig to be the point of the revolution because publisher Alex Keller owes her for what she did for his sister. Business life could not prove more meaningful for Vig as her work proves Seinfeld had purpose.
FASHIONISTAS is an amusing insider's skewing of the publishing industry. The story line is humorous and at times very satirical especially when the heroine provides vigor to the tale. Vig is a delightful character while the support cast will leave the audience shaking their heads. Lynn Messina delightful moves Office Space from a financial realm to the publishing world with the same jabbing shots that will mean the author needs to succeed as a novelist because retreat rights across the bridge seem nuked.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner