Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
With the recent release of the new Bridget Jones book “Mad About the Boy”, which has stormed up the charts in recent days, I thought I’d get on board the Bridget bandwagon and start with the first diary…
And you know what? I really enjoyed it!
In beginning this review, I thought I’d state that remember watching the film a few years ago with my friend Stu. I remember leaving the cinema and thinking to myself “meh, that film wasn’t anything special”.
I mean it didn’t blow me away, and apart from the awful plummy English accent by Renee Zellweger I thought it was a generic ‘chick flick’.
To be honest, I didn’t like the film at all, so didn’t even bother with the books.
However, with the new Bridget book hitting the shelves this month I thought to myself:
“Liam, read the first two Bridget books. When you’re done read the new one, so you can offer honest and impartial reviews of Bridget’s diaries so far…”
So, ladies and gentlemen, here is my review of the first Bridget Jones’ diary, published waaaaaaaayyyyyy back in 1996!!!
The first Bridget Jones is a mid-1990s-britpop-pre-labour-homage to singledom. Now being just 13-years-old at the time, I remember those pre-internet, mobile phone and Gladiators followed by Blind Date on a Saturday days. I was too young for girlfriends, but I knew about the birds and the bees!
The book is set in her London flat, and Bridget Jones is obsessed with three things:
- Her daily weight and calories consumed
- Her alcohol unit consumption
- Her addiction to instant Lottery scratch cards
Throw in her number of 1471 calls and cigarettes, and you have an adorable 30-something who is looking for love in all the wrong places.
What I loved about this book is how Helen describes how Bridget flirts with her boss Daniel over the computer network, and how she describes her heart breaking when she discovered him cheating on her.
And I got all upset when she finally gets with Mark, she stands staring at him – he opens his eyes and tells her to “Stop looking at me and do something useful!”
For the most part, this book is light and funny and unlike the “meh” of the film. It puts emphasis on significant current social issues, particularly those concerning the role of what it means to be a “modern” woman.
Now I wouldn’t know, being a boy, but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m searching for my Bridget….one day… one day I’ll find her (he says, looking wistfully into the future).
This is an incredibly witty and charming easy-read with a mushy ending. I did enjoy it…so much so I’ve already started book 2 “The Edge of Reason” (review soon) – simply because I want to get these two done before I start Helen’s new one, “Mad About the Boy” and see what the fuss is all about.
Bridget Jones’s Diary is not brilliant, but it’s certainly a readable easy read.
The Book Boy Rating – 3.5/5