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A book by British author Helen Fielding

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Bridget Jones: Cute, but Lightweight

  • Mar 15, 2009
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As a professional journalist, I was probably unjustifiably influenced by Bridget's complete and total incompetence in my field. I found her inability to write complete sentences insulting, and wondered why in the world can't I have that kind of luck in my career when I at least know how to string words together? 

Having said that, I did enjoy this book. It's cute, the heroine is lovably daffy, the plot is ripped straight out of Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice, of course--duh, the main guy's name is Darcy) and it's a lot of fun. She's one of those heroines where you marvel she can operate on an adult level because she's so adept at getting herself into trouble--and yet you cheer for her all the way.

In general, I found this book to be an easy and pleasurable read. I think it's a touch overrated--it's not nearly as fulfilling as actually reading a Jane Austen novel--but the characterizations are good and it's perfectly paced to be a guilty pleasure.

I like a chick lit novel as much as anyone else, although I do think that Bridget Jones' Diary started a trend of chick lit that's getting out of hand at this point. How many romantic novels with a gutsy, quirky heroine maneuvering her way through the modern world do we need, anyway?

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review by . June 29, 2010
Bridget Jones's Diary is basically what it sounds like - the diary of Bridget, a 30-something Singleton on a mission of self-improvement.  While trying to quit smoking, lose weight, and develop inner poise, she runs into all kinds of problems - problems with men and dating, problems with friends and family, but mostly problems caused by her own flighty personality.      I thought Bridget Jones's Diary started off slow, focused on what she was eating, her flirtations …
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
A "must" summertime time read. Thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
Ok, honesty moment, I read this because of the movie :P But as always, book beats movie! Fun and light if you want it to be, but like Man-in-the-Mirror, makes you want to look at yourself as potential to change.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
Very comical and will pick you up if you are feeling down after a few pages
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
A great light and quick read. Such a funny book and very relatable!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Hilarious and fun, for a frivolous sort of book.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
It is fun. Perfect when you travel by plane or train.
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
Funny! Excellent for women!
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Good book - modern, humorous. And (Oh, God) how many empty worries todays women have!
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I am a part-time freelance writer and full-time mother living in the Chicago suburbs. My life is fairly boring by hipster standards, as it consists mainly of avoiding the grocery store, cleaning up after … more
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Bridget Jones's Diary is a 1996 novel by Helen Fielding. It chronicles the life of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something single woman living in London. In this book she turns 33 on March 21. Surrounded by a surrogate "urban family" of friends Sharon (Shazzer), Jude, and Tom, she tries to make sense of life and love in the 1990s.

Bridget is a "Singleton" employed in the publishing industry. She struggles, often humorously and endearingly, to make sense of her romantic entanglement with her boss Daniel Cleaver, and later with the "top-notch human rights barrister" Mark Darcy. One concept introduced and often revisited in both Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason is that of "fuckwittage": the emotional turmoil intentionally wreaked by men who fall anywhere along the spectrum of womanizers to commitment-phobics. Fuckwittage is no stranger to Bridget, Shazzer (a strident feminist), Jude (a highly successful business woman who throughout the novel is on-again-off-again with Vile Richard), and the gay Tom (who must deal with the fuckwittage present in his relationship with Pretentious Jerome).

Bridget's family consists of an overconfident mother who seems always to be finding new adventures and projects, a much more down-to-earth father (though he is sometimes driven into uncharacteristically unstable states of mind by his wife), and a brother, Jamie, a more peripheral character. Bridget often visits her parents, as well as her parents' ...
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