I’ve seen the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary many times. I own it; I love it. I’ve been saying for a while that I wanted to read the book and recently I obtained a gorgeous copy of it.
Penguin did a great job with this cover.
If you’ve seen the movie you know the basic premise. Bridget Jones is on the lookout for the perfect man and a better career. She works as an editor at a top publishing house and is “in love” with her boss Daniel Cleaver. She makes a list of New Year’s Resolutions which include to stop smoking, drink less, find boyfriend, find new job, lose weight, and basically renovate her life. The whole book revolves around the embarrassing events that happen in her life.
Some of my favorite parts of this book were the downward spirals. That sounds weird, but her journey is like everyone else’s which is why this book is so relatable. She has her successes and her failures, but her failures were amusing and made me laugh at my own failures.
Bridget Jones has a way of looking at the world that makes her life and subsequently your life seem funny and somehow better than it did before.
Let’s take a moment to talk about Mark Darcy. This book is loosely based on Pride and Prejudice and Mark Darcy is basically Fitzwilliam Darcy. And he’s a pretty decent imitation. The Mark Darcy of the book is actually the biggest deviation from the movie. Mark Darcy ain’t no Colin Firth. He’s the strong, silent type. He doesn’t really come in until the end when Bridget’s mom makes a complete fool of herself and he saves the day. He has a few encounters with Bridget beforehand, when it obvious (at least to me) that he fancies her a bit. He’s a little more subtle than the Darcy of the movie and I liked him more. Which is frankly, surprising because I love Colin Firth. As any Darcy character.
Daniel Cleaver was just as vile as he was supposed to be in the book and I completely hated him. It was delightful.
Other discrepancies from the movie include the birthday dinner. For her birthday she does have friends over, but the awkward blue soup episode doesn’t happen until after she starts seeing Darcy.
One of the best things of the book, in my humble opinion, was that both Hugh Grant and Colin Firth were mentioned in the book. It came out shortly after the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice came out and Bridget watches it and compares Mr. Darcy to Mark Darcy. Ironic because they are played by the same man in the film adaptations. Hugh Grant was brought up by her new boss later on in the book, and he plays Daniel Cleaver.
I think you should read the book if you liked the movie, or if you like chick-lit in general. It was brilliant and recommend it to all women everywhere. Especially the beautiful cover version. Read the book, watch the movie. Enjoy all the embarrassing moments.