Or at least, that’s how Anna’s lawyer begins his closing statement to the jury. I’m not sure I agree with his strategy, but damn, it was compelling.

Ah, Anna Delvey. Or is it Anna Sorokin? Whatever name she uses, Anna is compelling.

Anna is the would-be German socialite and heiress who scammed bankers and hedge fund managers, fashionistas, philanthropists, VCs, plus the Who’s Who of New York’s elite. Her story is Page Six on steroids and trending on Instagram. And now, the star of the newest Netflix series created by Shonda (Grey’s Anatomy, Bridgerton, and Private Practice) Rhimes.

When I posted my thoughts about Inventing Anna on Facebook, my friends were split into two distinct camps.

Camp 1: Inventing Anna is “… awful, and I couldn’t get past the first episode. And, what’s up with that accent?”

Camp 2: My camp was also irritated by Anna’s odd accent and the show’s absurdity. But, like a good/trashy novel that draws you in, it will force you to stay up all night, just to see how it ends.

Still, in that Law and Order, ripped-from-the-headlines way, Anna’s story is actually true. In fact, Shonda Rhimes drops that statement at the beginning of each episode in a decidedly tongue-in-cheek way.

If you watched Inventing Anna (no spoilers, please!), what did you think? We can’t — nor do we want to be Anna Delvey… but what about you? Is *your* story compelling?



Written by : Nancy Slome

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