May 302010
 

Hurrah for Bridget Jones!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

(Note: This review is by a person who has enjoyed viewing the movie on numerous occasions prior to having the pleasure of reading the novel. However, because the movie version and novel version are vastly different, there is likely to be very little partiality or prejudice in this review, if any).

In this gloriously funny sequel to Bridget Jones’s Diary, readers find themselves, once again, immersed in the chaotic and comedic world of Bridget Jones. If you expected Bridget to lose some of her neuroses or her proclivity of winding up in humiliating and awkward situations because she is now in a relationship with Mark Darcy, you were wrong my friend! Bridget is still Bridget, weighing herself daily and smoking too many cigarettes; but this time instead of obsessing about finding a boyfriend, she is consumed with doubts and insecurities about the relationship she is already in. Continue reading »

May 182010
 

A Year in the Life of a Thirty-Something Single Woman

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

(Note: This review is by a person who has enjoyed viewing the movie on numerous occasions prior to having the pleasure of reading the book. Therefore, despite the reviewer’s best efforts this review may be a little bit partial and prejudiced).

We ALL know Bridget Jones, even if you never read the book or seen the movie, you know her. She is a thirty-something single woman who is dissatisfied with her job, unhappy with her body image, trying to quit her bad habits and addictions, and loathing her singled status. We may not like to admit it, but in one way or another, we are Bridget Jones. Maybe not the whole neurotic, calorie counting, radical feminist part, but the “I want something better for my life” part. We can all relate to her and her plight, and it is because of this that Bridget Jones is one of the most accessible and endearing characters in contemporary literature. Continue reading »