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Bridget Jones's Diary (1996)

by Helen Fielding

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Series: Bridget Jones (1)

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A comedy on an Englishwoman's quest for self-improvement. Single and thirty-something Bridget diets, keeps tabs on her tobacco and alcohol consumption, visits the gym regularly, yet she still has problems finding the right man. A debut in fiction.
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It's all about booze, sex and sigarettes, but in a very sad "I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-my-life-so-I'll-just-keep-doing-what-I'm-good-at"-way. I think the word 'fatuous' fits the main character quite well.
If you feel like reading something similiar, just grab the diary of a random 15 year old. ("Oooh, I'm too fat!" "I need a boyfriend!" etc.) ( )
  jd7h | Feb 18, 2024 |
Wickedly funny. ( )
  siok | Feb 14, 2024 |
Story: 2 / 10
Characters: 6
Setting: 6
Prose: 4 ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
Cute classic "chick lit" ( )
  hellokirsti | Jan 3, 2024 |
This modern reinvention of Pride and Prejudice is pretty amusing, if you can forgive the substitution of the silly Bridget character for Elizabeth Bennett. Actually, this is more a reinvention of the story, if there were no Bennett sisters and if Lydia were the main character instead of Elizabeth. Because Bridget is every bit as vacuous and boy-crazy as Lydia. Still, it’s a fun story, and the audio performance by Tracie Bennett (name coincidence?) perfectly captures Bridget’s voice as she reads the diary entries. I actually preferred the movie version to the original text, although this may be due to the audio being an abridged version. Abridgements are rarely successful, IMHO.

I read this for Task the Eighth: The Movie Ticket (Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie). Although it wasn’t explicitly a holiday movie, it begins and ends during the Christmas/New Year holiday season, so I think of it as an annual holiday watch, similar to Love, Actually and An Affair to Remember.
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  Doodlebug34 | Jan 1, 2024 |
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O.K., James Joyce it may not be, but show me the woman to whom this sort of stream-of-consciousness, self-assessing mental clutter is unfamiliar and I'll show you the person who will not think ''Bridget Jones's Diary'' is both completely hilarious and spot on.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Fielding, Helenprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heesen, MarthaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Karhulahti, SariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McPherson, TaraCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosenblat, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my mum, Nellie, for not being like Bridget's
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I WILL NOT

Drink more than fourteen alcohol units a week.
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It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting "Cathy" and banging your head against a tree.
I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with girlfriends or wives, misogynists, megalomanics, chauvists, emotional fuckwits or freeloaders, perverts.
When someone leaves you, apart from missing them, apart from the fact that the whole little world you've created together collapses, and that everything you see or do reminds you of them, the worst is the thought that they tried you out and, in the end, the whole sum of parts adds up to you got stamped REJECT by the one you love. How can you not be left with the personal confidence of a passed over British Rail sandwich?
I like you very much. Just as you are.
It seems wrong and unfair that Christmas, with its stressful and unmanageable financial and emotional challenges, should first be forced upon one wholly against one's will, then rudely snatched away just when one is starting to get into it. Was really beginning to enjoy the feeling that normal service was suspended and it was OK to lie in bed as long as you want, put anything you fancy into your mouth, and drink alcohol whenever it should chance to pass your way, even in the mornings. Now suddenly we are all supposed to snap into self-discipline like lean teenage greyhounds.
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A comedy on an Englishwoman's quest for self-improvement. Single and thirty-something Bridget diets, keeps tabs on her tobacco and alcohol consumption, visits the gym regularly, yet she still has problems finding the right man. A debut in fiction.

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Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

"123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)..."

Bridget Jones' Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you'll find yourself shouting, "Bridget Jones is me!"
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