Thursday, January 9, 2014

Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

I have to hand it to Helen Fielding… Waiting so long to publish a 3rd book about our favorite "Singleton" was clever - it forces a whole new generation to read the first two Bridget books so they can get the scoop on what happens next. If I'm being honest, I must admit that I briefly thought about just buying the 3rd book since I've seen the first two films on an average of twice a month for the past 3 years, but I'm glad I didn't let temptation lead me down that road. Reading Bridget Jones's Diary was one of the most entertaining things I've ever done!

What I now know is so great about the film version of Bridget Jones's Diary is that Helen Fielding had a hand in the screenplay - if she hadn't, I fear our Bridget would be the stuff of sale bins post-Hollywood. What I've learned is that because the two stories differ quite a bit, but are written by the same person, going back and reading the first book after seeing the film a million times gave me something I didn't have before - two wonderful first Bridget stories to love. 

It's rare that I read a book that makes me cackle out loud like a hyena… I think the last one was probably A Confederacy of Dunces which I read years ago, but that's what happened. I spent most of my Christmas break (well a couple of days at least) giggling to myself like I had a naughty secret. This book is FUNNY! And the fact that there are references to Colin Firth in it and he went on to play Mark Darcy in the film is just magic. 

If you are human and over the age of 16, I highly suggest you read this book - it's an important work that says a lot about who we are as women, what we want, what we need and why we sometimes end up walking out of the house with our dresses tucked into our pantyhose… Opinions and points of view (though fictional) are shared by multiple female characters from Shaz and Jude (dutiful, feminist best friends) to Bridget's head-in-the-clouds mum and her best friend Una. If you're a man and thinking it's not the book for you, perhaps you should think again. Want to know what women want and what we talk about when we're alone together - it's all in there. All-in-all, it's a major two thumbs up for Bridget Jones's Diary - a book that went back on my shelf for future re-reading instead of the usual charity donation bag!

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