Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bridget Jones reviews her Diary

Contains spoilers for those who haven't read the book or watched the film

Tuesday, 11 August

Not counting calories any more ( Mark says I look just perfect now and I don't need to slim down. Take that Magazines that claim 'slimmer the woman the better her prospects'!)

I had today:

Pizza with mozarella cheese lavished on top of it.
Chocolate raspberry mixed cake
Watermelon salad ( Found it in one of those Diet books after feeling guilty about the mozarella cheese)
2 Bloody Marys

I woke up today and decided suddenly that I ought to look through my diary and see how random I've been with scribbling things. And its an embarrassing read. I'd go bonkers if I found someone else reading through it( I mean, do I actually sound THAT desperate!? ). Or maybe not. I may not have achieved inner poise but I'm pretty sure so many people go through the er.. embarrassing situations and societal problems that I do. Or so I hope.

But I still stick by my 'Why-is-society-so-unfair-to-singletons?' stand, though currently I'm not one ( Yipee!! It's such a relief, though Uncle Geoffrey still says " At last...Bridget landed herself a man" ) The Smug Marrieds are as unimaginably irritating as usual, but not as much to me nowadays.

Oh anyway, Daniel Cleaver aka the Bingley of my story is now officially the biggest mistake I made last year ( Yes, even worse than the disastrous 'And now back to the studio' event with the fireman. And the bunnygirl costume. ) But boy am I glad Mark rescued me from disaster that Mum could have become- he's got that absolutely amazing 'saving people thing' doesn't he? Oh wait, did I just quote from Harry Potter? Oh, well.

I now need to run. Mark Darcy is calling me out for dinner where Shazzer, Jude and Tom are joining us. Oh what is it with that name Darcy!? He was such a snob, perfectly impolite and clearly bad at conversation initially but he's the sort of man that will stick with you and be there for you when you need him the most. There. I think I just achieved inner poise.

My Notes:

Helen Fielding is not just a hilarious writer, but someone who I feel makes perfect, biting observations on society a la Jane Austen. This in my opinion is one of the best Austen inspired books set in the 21st century.

The characters are so believable and ultimately hilarious as they send you in spirals of laughter with their antics. Especially the Mrs. Bennetesque mother of Bridget. The best thing about the book ( and the famous film version ) is that it does not go over-board with things. It sticks to the all important line and never annoys me.

This is the third time I'm reading the book and I never stop enjoying it. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to laugh their heads off at an amazing take on Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

This makes it 5/12 of my Extended Austen Challenge. I just wanted to have fun writing one entry in Bridget's diary :) No copyright infringement intended of course.


Heather G. said...

Great review on Bridget Jones. I'm putting this book on my TBR list! Thanks.

Kals said...

You're welcome! :) I'm sure you'll enjoy it :D

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

Good review. You know, I still haven't read this book...

Kals said...

Thanks! I'm sure you'd appreciate the review more after you're done with the book, which is pretty marvellous :)

Meg said...

Great idea Kals. Love the journal entry style! Especially the two bloody marys :)

Kals said...

LOL :D Thank you!

vvb32 reads said...

loved both the book and the movie of this story. loved your harry potter reference!

watermelon salad?

btw: i have a special something for ya...

Kals said...

Thanks vvb32! I just couldn't resist adding the HP reference..I'm so addicted it came naturally :P

Yes, watermelon salad. Simple to make and very healthy. Google has so many recipes like that :)

Thanks so much for the award! Made my day! :)

raidergirl3 said...

One of my most favorite books, I rewatched the movie just a few weeks ago and was reminded again of its brilliance.
Having Colin Firth play Mark Darcy is just part of the sublime humor.
Well done review, and hopefully it will inspire more people to read it.

Kals said...

Thank you! :)

And you're entirely right about using Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. I particularly loved how Fiedling carried over the Firth-Darcy factor to the sequel Edge of Reason! That was a stroke of genius too.


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