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Bridget Jones's Diary Meet Bridget Jones—a 30 something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she coulda lose 7 poundsb stop smokingc develop Inner Poise123 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 uest for self improvement — a year in which she resolves to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 15 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 VCROver 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 Skirt is indisputably absent Is skirt off sick?Despite what most of my friends think about me I'm a sucker for good romantic comedies Sure they'll tell you that I mostly end up calling everything cheesy and roll my eyes but that's a coping mechanism and they just don't get me alright? One of my favourite chick flicks is you guessed it Bridget Jones's Diary I love how light hearted it feels how relatable and funny Bridget is I love the London vibe the movie gives off the Pride and Prejudice obvious references that's another thing PP makes me sueal like the idiot I am and my god how gorgeous are Grant and Firth in this one? It's a personal attack I say I'll sueI didn't have many hopes for this book I had already started it once but couldn't be bothered to finish it Recently though I decided to give it another go It just didn't work for me The book presents itself in the form of a diary that doesn't feel like an intimate portrayal of life at all it lists a series of stuff that happens to Bridget in the driest way possible First of all there's no plot just poor Bridget whining about weight and men At some point it takes her pages and pages to tell us how unsuccessfully she's trying to work the video recorder Who cares Bridget? Who cares?? As a character she doesn't grow and doesn't inspire She doesn't stand up for herself not even once She lets people walk all over her and mops around afterwards She's so self centered that as a reader you struggle to see her as anything else beyond a huge ego Her friends are the ones who help and care you never feel this care expanding from within her Her parents are going through rough times but she reflects their issues on herself again UghShe'll tell us that she is in love but we don't get to experience that love we don't get to know Daniel at all we just know that he's a borderline sexual harasser and a sex god Good to know Bridget can't we go a little deeper? And what about Mark? I Was he even in the book?What got me than anything else though was the feminism I know from experience that when it comes to romantic comedies feminism is a tricky subject because it can be easily failed but I wasn't prepared for this Bridget pretends she's a raging feminist but only when talking shit about men with her friends Because that's what feminists do Sometimes her friend Sharon would come up with actual good points that could have started interesting conversations like the unwillingness of most women to stop compromising their careers for the sake of men who don't share the same emotional investment as their partners but mainly Bridget fat shames her colleagues she calls a woman a worthless trollop because she's wearing a suit better than she did and is possibly her friend's husband's lover At some point she even laughs at Daniel Cleaver's frigid cow comments he calls her that because she once refused to have drunken sex with him Like ewPlus she'd say stuff like After all there is nothing so unattractive to a man as strident feminismI don't know if this is possible but I felt my uterus litearally shrivel up Think will cross last bit out as contains mild accusation of sexual harassment whereas v much enjoying being sexually harassed by Daniel Cleaver by the way I hated the way she'd never fully write very is this an English cultural thing I missed? That didn't give him license to sexually harass me but the complication was uite enjoyable reallyThe oxymoron in these last two is what nightmares are made ofFinally that cover is so ugly I want it to die the worst deathNeedless to say that I hated this book's guts but am also very thankful for the movies that this series has inspired without which we wouldn't have been able to get thisnor this Prepare yourselves it's about to get personal up in hereSo I've never seen the movie of Bridget Jones's Diary so I thought I would read the highly acclaimed book before doing so and to my great surprise I ended up hating almost everything about it I 100% understand why people like it it's funny and relatable and reminiscent of the great decade that was the 90's but because of a purely personal problem this book made me feel like garbage and therefore made me absolutely loathe my reading experience Bridget is always writing down her weight and saying she's fat but the thing is it's not just herself saying this Friends family and other characters also call her fat throughout the novel and then I look at me who weighs over 15 kilos than Bridget and it honestly made me feel like crap I have already been struggling with confidence and self loathing because over the past couple of years I've put on 25 kilos due to changing medications for my mental health so this book honestly just made it worse Is this what people on the street think about me when I walk by? Do my friends and family secretly discuss how much weight I've put on behind my back? It honestly took me back to when members of my own family were making snide remarks about my weight or offering suggestions for how exercise and dieting could benefit me thinking they were helping when really it made it ten times worse I was 34 of the way through the book when I thought to myself has anything plot wise actually happened? Nope Just a bunch of damaging self hatred that triggered my own I get that a lot of people love the book and that's fine I totally get it but for me it ended up being a damaging and destructive novel that ended up being uite triggering for my depressionLet me know any thoughts you guys have on this book or any of the things I've discussedAround the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes 20 A book with a first name in the title I didn't enjoy this book in an ironic way or in a it's good even though or I can't believe I do but I perversely can't help it or any other angled roundabout halfway indirect from behind kind of way No I sat on my couch and wolfed this thing down in one sitting while laughing my ass offI read it last spring when I decided I was curious about what chick lit was so that I could form an opinion and generally improve my likelihood of passing as a somewhat informed member of civilization This was not the only chick lit book I attempted I tried Bergdorf Blondes the first few pages of which made me want to stab my eyes out with a rusty fork; well maybe it made me want to stab someone else's eyes out Plum Sykes springs to mind but my point is that it wasn't just bad but actually highly disturbing Disturbing as in does not so much shake as demolish one's faith in humanity and makes one tremble in horror at the times we're evidently living in I also tried Good in Bed which wasn't upsetting but did seem pretty bad or at least definitely not for me I even flipped open a Shopaholic book which wasn't as awfully written as Bergdorf Blondes but did similarly make yearn for a grim Stalinist dystopia where this kind of trash just isn't permittedThen there was Bridget JonesNow my enjoyment of this book was not uncomplicated by this terrifying I am Cathy feeling that I'm now enough of a grownup to identify with a lovably neurotic character from fluffy popular women's fiction Because dear bookster identify I did Yes I had the 100% straightforward chick lit experience which I guess must be exactly this sense of recognizing your own ridiculously stereotypical feminine traits in a light novel's plucky heroine And seriously? That's exactly what happened to meCan I just explain that I'm supposed to be packing right now which is why this is getting so long and involved? I'm not really crazy I'm just procrastinating Also though I do want to tell you guys about Bridget Jones and how weirdly good it wasThere were a few things I didn't realize about BJ before I read this book One is she drinks too much The other is she smokes I know it sounds dumb but I think I would've felt differently knowing that instead of just that she struggles with food I'd sort of heard that a lot of it was about efforts to control her weight or whatever and this typical you know on again off again dieting blah blah blah and I really couldn't imagine anything less appealing partly because that isn't a problem I identify with and partly because does the world really need another book about a self hating lady trying to lose weight? And why would anyone want to read something like that anyway?Well I would And I did Because it's not really about her trying to lose weight although I guess it kind of is it's about the constant compulsive agony self inflicted by a woman cursed not only with zero impulse control and a ravenous id but also obsessively high standards for herself and a ridiculous amount of guilt and self scrutiny about virtually everything she doesSo yeah basically this book is about me and a lot not all of my close female friends And it really really I want you to hear this from me truly gets at some stuff about certain ways that a lot of women tend to act and think which I'm sorry all my fancy feminisms and gender theory aside let's be honest a lot not all of us are very crazy in some classically female ways and Fielding just NAILS a lot of those Plus she's very funnyIs this the greatest book ever written? No But it was fun to readObviously not all men act one way and not all women act like Bridget Jones However I certainly do and that must be the reason I got such a kick out of this book Like our narrator both funny and deceptively stylishI have not seen the film

  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Bridget Jones's Diary
  • Helen Fielding
  • English
  • 07 October 2015
  • 9780140280098

About the Author: Helen Fielding

Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist travelling as wildly and as often as possibly to Africa India and Central America She is the author of four novels Cause Celeb Bridget Jones’ s Diary Bridget JonesThe Edge of Reason and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination and co wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget

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