Wednesday, October 27, 2010
by Helen Fielding
completed September 2010
I picked this book up for part of the Take Another Chance Challenge hosted by Jenners. This particular entry requires reading two books, one of which is inspired by the other. I chose to read Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones's Diary.
Bridget Jones is a single woman in her 30's. The new year has begun and she is using her diary to keep track of her progress on the requisite New Year's resolutions. She wants to lose weight, drink less, stop smoking, and find a decent boyfriend.
It's difficult to review this book without comparing it to it's inspiration, Pride and Prejudice. Although the story lines are similar, these books are very different. While there is humor in both, Austen tends to be more witty, while Fielding's book has a more a slapstick feel. I did laugh out loud a few times reading Bridget Jones's Diary, but the book as a whole felt superficial. There is much more depth to Jane Austen's novel and it is a book that has been memorable to me.
Bridget is a quirky girl, afraid of dying alone--drastically different than Elizabeth Bennet, who is fiercely independent. Bridget also seemed shallow. Bridget was always embarrassing herself which made for a good laugh but I didn't emotionally connect with her as I did Elizabeth. I also didn't feel like Bridget did anything to deserve Mark Darcy's affections, while I can completely understand how Mr. Darcy fell in love with Elizabeth.
It's really unfair to compare a contemporary novel to an adored classic, especially since the classic is my favorite book. On it's own, Bridget Jones's Diary is entertaining. It's not a book that I was really sucked into. The humor that caught me off guard with laughs at the beginning, was tiring by the end. It would be a fun vacation or beach read, but I wouldn't recommend it on any other level.
Posted by Kristi at 4:13 PM