After years of binge watching the movie, I finally finished Helen Fielding’s novel Bridget Jones’s Diary. It is gorgeous! I cannot believe I never really had a desire to read it until recently (years my friend’s regular and passionate review of her novels notwithstanding).
Bridget is a real person, one I can definitely relate to on almost every level. And I don’t feel ashamed about it, either.
In fact, all the characters are tangible. I was slightly surprised that Daniel Cleaver isn’t painted quite so harshly in print, while Bridget’s mum comes out looking absolutely terrible, comparatively speaking. Mark Darcy is adorable as ever and I had a hard time not picturing his face as Colin Firth’s and Daniel’s as Hugh Grant’s. (Didn’t have any problem picturing Bridget with mine, though, ha!).
The only (very slight) disappointment I felt was the lack of two of my favorite lines:
- When Mark tells Bridget he likes her “Just the way you are” (and the subsequent scenes with her flabbergasted friends).
- When Bridget interviews Kafir Aghani and ends it with “This has been Bridget Jones’s for ‘Sit Up Britain’ with, let’s face it, a little bit of a crush, actually.”
And of course it’s missing the famous Darcy vs. Cleaver fight.
(Suddenly nervous that in my “must continue reading this book even though it’s 2AM and I’m dog-tired” state I may have slept through those lines as well as the fight; not to worry, there’s always room for a re-read! 😉 )
Bridget Jones’s Diary was a quick little read. A laugh-out-loud moment on almost every page! It is definitely a must read and I think I must read the next two books!!