By A Customer
This review is from: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Paperback)I didn't care much for this book. I love the first movie, and was excited to read the book. However, all the library had was this one, but I figured I'd be fine since I knew the story and most of the characters from the movie. That was fine, I knew what was going on, and I enjoyed the writing style, but I found myself angry at this book more than I found myself enjoying it.
The main flaw with this book is that it is completely unrealistic. I didn't think it would be a problem, but I couldn't connect with any of the characters because their situations were so farfetched. Another thing that made me dislike the book was the way Mark and Bridget "broke up" at the beginning of the book. There wasn't any communication so they just stopped seeing each other? Based on my impression of their characters, I would have thought that they could have at least talked to each other. Obviously neither wanted to break up, so the way it happened just seem silly to me. And not in a haha sort of way.
Most of the book I found too farfetched and just unfunny. What I liked about the first movie was that Bridget was an average girl with relationship problems who found herself often in situations women could relate to. She's a sort of Everywoman. But here I couldn't imagine a lot of the things that happened actually happening. It was too much. This could have been fine if the story was funny enough, but for the most part I just found the characters annoying. I didn't like the plot with her parents and Wellington, the Thailand bit was too much, and Rebecca was too stereotyped and annoying that I just couldn't stand her even being in the story.
So why, then, the three stars? I blame a lot of my dislike for this book in the fact that I read it all in one sitting. It's a lot to take. But the fact I did read it all in one sitting must prove something. It's compelling, even if most of the time I was annoyed. I didn't read the first, which would have made this one more enjoyable, so I think that had some effect on why I didn't enjoy the story. Also, this book does have some unforgettable characters and moments. When I'm not completely annoyed and want to smack Bridget and all her friends in the face, I'm laughing my ass off. Kind of funny the way I've reacted to this book. It's completely unrealistic and annoying, but it is funny and compelling, anyway.
Also, the last star is for the Colin Firth interview. Hilarious. Although I thought she got the interview all too easily, in an of itself it was just too funny. Mainly because in that situation, if I had even be able to speak, I would have asked the exact same questions. My only question is, if Mark Darcy is based off of Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, why is he never in a wet shirt in the book? Since of course I picture Mark as Colin Firth's Mr. Darcy (in slightly more modern clothes), I think that would have been nice.