Bridget Jones's Diary
by Helen Fielding
I really, really love the movie version of this book but I wasn't sure if the book would be my kind of thing. Now that I've read it, I can say that I was wrong -- I really enjoyed the book -- but I still think this is one of those rare cases where the movie did it better.Summary: 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
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!"
Bridget was... well, she was really funny (quite often laugh-out-loud funny), but because the book is basically her journal, sometimes she was a bit too annoying and whiny (probably why the movie works better -- we're not constantly stuck in her head, seeing people through her eyes). But still, I loved her.
The other cast of characters were great too, especially her three best friends. And they're all really realistic with all their quirks and flaws in a way that I really loved. I have never wanted to kick a fictional character more than I have with her mother in this though -- movie version is annoying, book version is insanely infuriating... but again, we're seeing everything from Bridget's perspective.
I'm not sure what else to say really. The book is funny and it's fun, and I'm glad I read it now instead of when I first saw the movie because there are parts of it I can appreciate more now that I'm in my 20's than I would've been able to in my teens.
But yeah... The movie is definitely better (better at building the Mark/Bridget relationship, better at writing her mothers plot and things--it did get her friendships down pretty well though), but the book wasn't disappointing. I'd rate it 4.5 stars out of 5.