Bridget Jones’s Diary is one of my favorite books of all time. It stands out on my bookshelf as a novel guaranteed to make me laugh-out-loud.
Like many people, I saw the movie adaptation of Bridget Jones’s Diary before I read the book. I love the movie, and Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth are perfectly cast. But there’s no reason to avoid this book just because you’ve seen the movie. The plot is similar, but that isn’t the main draw of Bridget Jones. Since it’s a 20th century adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the ending isn’t exactly a surprise. The highlight of Bridget Jones’s Diary, rather than the plotline, is Bridget’s acerbic wit.
Bridget Jones is utterly relatable. And when she isn’t being relatable, her antics blow past reality into a realm of unprecedented humor. If you like to read, or even if you aren’t much of a reader, you will probably find this book enjoyable. It’s a bit of a “chick-lit” classic, and if you like chick lit, you will want to have Bridget Jones in your arsenal. However, don’t be wary of the “chick-lit” designation. I’m not usually a chick-lit reader, but I enjoyed every second of this book. I’ve actually read it twice!
If you’re a literary nerd like me, Bridget Jones is a very clever adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. I tracked all of the similarities between the two stories for a project I was working on last semester in my Jane Austen class. Bridget’s parents, friends, and certain plot points are all morphed and adapted for a 20th century audience. Helen Fielding is skillful and clever in her adaptation.
Bridget Jones Diary is an epistolary novel, written in (of course) diary entries. It’s a quick read, so I would highly recommend picking it up!
It’s been a hot minute since I blogged about books, but now that my schedule has calmed down I’m hoping to spend more time reading. What are your favorite books? Do you have any recommendations for me?