Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Review: The Bridget Jones Series

Bridget Jones has become one of those cult books and films that no matter how old you are, you'll be able to laugh and cry along with Bridget through all her life woes. The film became a national hit with Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, but the films aren't as true to the book as you would think.

Bridget's hopelessly funny love life takes the centre stage, alongside her band of equally hopeless friends and hilarious job. She has a little love affair with Daniel Cleaver, to eventually realise his true colours and ends up with the charming Mark Darcy. It's loosely based around Pride and Prejudice (hence the names) but throws in a few modern twists that Lizzie Bennett would've been shocked of. But Bridget comes up trumps in the end to round off a year of counting calories, cigarettes and boyfriends.

Again, Bridget gets scrapes through the year with more than enough drama to earn yourself a long holiday in the Maldives. But her upbeat tone makes you believe that if Bridget can survive it, you most certainly can too. She interviews Colin Firth for his new film and TV series 'Pride and Prejudice' (oh the irony) and gets arrested in Thailand for drugs trafficking. But glorious Mark Darcy comes to save the day and Bridget ends the year back with Mark, like all true love stories!

Helen Fielding's most recent release took a turn from the usual bubbly and happy-go-lucky Bridget into a realistic reflection of the modern day woman. Fast-forward 14 years and Bridget now has two children, a screenwriting job and no Mark Darcy. Fielding explained that Bridget had to be single again for her life as a singleton to continue, even though I think it's totally wrong to kill off such a vital character. It involves school runs, Twitter, dating websites and nits, but still shows that classic Bridget-style. Like the previous two novels, Bridget's rollercoaster of a year ends on a high and Bridget Jones is still an idol to many women.

Review: I loved the first two books. Single women at their best, London-life and the worries of dying alone and getting eaten by Alsatians. It's one of those books that you'll cherish and keep coming back to to satisfying your chick-lit cravings. With that in mind, I had high hopes for the third instalment, so when I heard Mark Darcy had been killed off, I was a little disappointed and apprehensive of whether it would still work. The third novel is almost like a modern revival of Bridget, whereas the previous two hold a nostalgic theme before the likes of Twitter and mobile phones.

Despite that, it still works. I adore Bridget and her mad years, and I would still recommend this to anyone with an interest in chick-lit or just need a little bit of cheering up. She gets you crying and laughing along with her and shouting 'emotional fuckwits' with a glass of vino in your hand.

What do you think of the Bridget Jones series? Favourite book?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon xx

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