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Helen Fielding
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones: realistic and hilarious! May 31 2002
By Ashley
For my British Literature class, I just finished Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book tells the story of a year in the life of an average, single, thirty-something British woman, who, armed with only her wits and charm (and a diary), goes in search of the ever-elusive Mr. Right. Unlucky-in-love Bridget has two candidates: the fun and sexy Daniel Cleaver and the unfriendly Mark Darcy. Not surprisingly, she goes for Daniel, but he turns out to be a less-than-perfect catch. Then, just when she becomes interested in Mark (following his statement that he likes her just as she is), he begins dating Natasha, another lawyer, who is determined to marry him. Meanwhile, her parents' marriage is on the rocks and she embarks upon a career in television news.
There are many similarities between Bridget Jones's Diary and Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. In both stories, the heroine is attracted to a charming rogue and repelled by his haughty former friend (whose name happens to be Darcy in both cases.) In both stories, the rogue wins her sympathy by telling her about all the rotten things his ex-friend did to him. But both heroines later discover that you can't believe everything you hear - and Darcy turns out to be the real charmer. With all these parallels, it isn't hard to determine that Helen Fielding is an Austen admirer, and that all of these similarities to Pride and Prejudice are intentional.
This book is witty and hilarious, from Bridget's list of New Years Resolutions on page 1 to her summary of the year on page 271. Furthermore, each of the characters is incredibly believable (especially Bridget), which makes it very easy for the reader to relate to this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever wondered how your crush felt? Thought your life would be perfect if you could only lose a few more pounds? Fell into bed with a guy too soon? Looked like a moron during a presentation? Been consoled by your outrageous but loving friends?
Congratulations -- you're Bridget Jones. I suspect most single women are -- except for those who are always completely confident, model-thin and intellectually dazzling. (I don't know those women. Do you?)
Told in diary form, this hilarious (and quick-reading) book tells a "Pride and Prejudice"-like story of love and mishaps. Bridget works in a go-nowhere publishing job. She's madly in lust with office scoundrel Daniel and despises Mark Darcy, the divorced lawyer her mother keeps trying to set her up with.
Along the way, Bridget drinks and smokes too much, finds a new job that may or may not be better than her old one, helps her parents patch up their own problems, and watches her weight fluctuate wildly. In short: It's just like real life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Masterpiece!!! Oct. 24 2001
Where do I begin???? I'm angry that I can only give this amazing novel 5 deserves at least 5 times that amount! Bridget Jones is one of the best female characters ever created! She's witty and hilarious, and heart-warming at the same time. A year in her life would be one of the most hectic experiences a person could have, and yet she handles it with grace (and wine and self-help books). She flies through a "f**kwit" boyfriend, a beastly human rights barrister being forced down her throat by a mother who runs off with a rather nasty fellow with a gentleman's handbag, a new job with a boss who starts most sentences with "I'm thinking...", and a permanent weight crisis that never seems to be resolved. Overall, this is a wonderful book, especially for any "Singletons" who are sick and tired of hearing "How's your love life?". If you don't laugh at Bridget and her escapades, there must be something wrong...maybe you didn't read her right. Anyway, pick up this'll be glad you did!
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I will admit that when this book first came out, I thought it was about a model. Then a friend told me she loved it, I read it and laughed so hard!! I saw the movie in the theater, loved it, and of course I now own the DVD. Fielding writes with no holds barred, not afraid to put exactly what she is feeling in ink, and as it turns out, she is pretty much right on just about everything. All women obsess over their weight, why that guy hasn't called, if they look fat, and why is everyone else happy but me?! Bravo, Helen for writing one of the best and funniest books I have ever read. It is now one of my top 5 favorite books of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "cigarettes 0 (v.g.), calories 4825 (oh dear)" June 15 2006
This delightful book, written in diary form, follows a hectic and very funny year in the life of Ms Bridget Jones, 30-something English Singleton. Bridget obsesses constantly about her weight and unmarried state, and as the year begins, she also obsesses about her playboy boss, Daniel Cleaver. They flirt madly and have an on-again, off-again relationship, but he is a commitment-phobe (and a bounder!).

All through the year, Bridget's flighty mother, Pam, tries to pair her up with successful barrister, Mark Darcy, but Bridget will have none of it. As the year comes to a close, however, Pam's legal woes bring Mark to the rescue, and the diary ends on a happy note.

Every page is filled with situations and emotions that all women who have dated, dreamed, been disappointed, and found solace in ice cream will find utterly hilarious. Bridget's descriptions of daily exasperation, desperation, and moments of sheer bliss make her very likeable and real. The short diary entries make this book perfect for reading when you just have a few minutes, although you'll find it hard to put down, and may find yourself laughing out loud (a lot).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air
"Bridget Jones's Diary" comes at you like a torrent of fresh air. I guarantee you will fall in love with the heroine who graduates from one hilarious situation to the next... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Bridger
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and fun read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Bridget!
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Published 8 months ago by Maddie
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the movie
I absolutely love the movies so i thought I'd give the book a try and i wasn't disappointed. You will love this book if you love the movie. Read more
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A must read for every woman!!!!! This book tells the truth about what every woman goes through during long periods of being single. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2005 by Chelsea Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars Giggle fest
A must read for every woman!!!!! This book tells the truth about what every woman goes through during long periods of being single. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2005 by Chelsea Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny, even if you consider yourself above it all
The best part of this audio book is the delivery of narrator Barbara Rosenblatt. She is so hilarious and really delineates the persona of each person with their very own... Read more
Published on April 4 2004 by A. Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars So true and sooo funny!
I loved this book! If you are (or were) single and nearing the dreaded age of 30, you must read this book! Read more
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"Bridget Jones's Diary" was the beginning of a small revolution in women's literature. It is the book that has begat dozens - if not hundreds - of other books as well as... Read more
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