I first read Bridget Jones’ Diary when I was a teenager, marveling over how adult and grown up Bridget’s entire world was. Cigarettes! Drinking! Poor decisions! For a 15-year-old with an untraditional worldview, Bridget’s foibles were aspirational. She was a woman in her thirties, still single, still struggling to make it to work wearing a bra and with both shoes on, still trying to figure out what a happy life meant. Her problems, while abstract, were problems that I saw myself having as I got older. I quietly recognized bits of her in myself, and unknowingly carried that with me as I grew up. Revisiting the book at age 31, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not much had really changed.
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When it was revealed that Helen Fielding killed off Mark Darcy in Mad About The Boy, Bridget Jones fans panicked. How on earth could Fielding even dream of declaring Darcy dead? Was there no justice? No more reindeer jumpers?
Fielding, for her part, found that the most difficult part of letting Darcy go was telling Colin Firth, who played the dashing, stick-up-his-ass barrister in both film adaptations.
“One of the weirdest conversations I’ve ever had was when I called Colin to tell him,” Fielding said, according to the Daily Mail.
“It was almost as if I was telling him that someone had actually died. We were both really upset. But then we both started laughing, as nobody had actually died.” Read more on Celebuzz…
And because the book isn’t out yet, though the spoiler-ific excerpt is, I will adhere to my own rules about spoilers and keep this one out of the headline and the pre-jump post introduction! (Though other news outlets aren’t being so courteous.) Click on if you want to know what Bridget is crying about in her diary in Helen Fielding’s upcoming third book in the popular series…
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It’s finally coming: Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, to be published this October, will be Helen Fielding’s third — but I hope not last — installment in the mixed-up life of the lovable Bridget Jones. Her publisher announced today that Bridget will have aged along with her books, putting her in her late 40s or early 50s, and will be set in present-day London. It’s not clear yet, though, who the “boy” will be. A son? A young intern? Daniel Cleaver? Mark Darcy? Or perhaps Bridget has a daughter who is in love (gasp!) with a son of Daniel Cleaver’s? All that Fielding has revealed is that Bridget still drinks too much and doesn’t know her way around social media. That’s our Bridget! [Telegraph UK]
Classic chick-lit fans mark your diaries for November — that’s when the now-official third installment of the Bridget Jones novels will be released. Author Helen Fielding introduced the world to the single 30-something back in 1996 with Bridget Jones’s Diary and followed up the hit book loosely based on Pride and Prejudice with a 1999 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, both of which were turned into hit films staring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth. Now almost 15 years later, fans can catch up with Bridget. She is apparently up to new things, according to the author, who says, “My life has moved on and Bridget’s will move on, too.” Read more…
Recently, I was asked by a women’s relationship website to recap how all of us are Bridget Jones in some way. The reason for the assignment was, in case you don’t already know, Helen Fielding has written another chapter in the life of the beloved character. I took the assigned topic without question, because it’s true – most women do have quite a bit of Bridget in them. If that had not been the case, then the books and eventual movies would have fallen flat and I wouldn’t be writing this right now.
But as I worked on that particular piece, I realized that despite her divine quirkiness and adorable flaws, she isn’t exactly the best role model for single women. I’m not suggesting all role models should be perfect like Hillary Clinton, but they should offer a bit more than Bridget. And as a single woman myself, I know this to be fact because single women are always right. Or at least this is what I tell my married friends – whom I then force to agree with me by withholding any further cupcake baking and distribution. It always works. But I digress.
Let’s look at a few examples where Bridget falls flat. Perhaps, if we’re to learn anything from her at all, it’s the complete opposite of what she often represents. You don’t have to agree with me on these points, but then again, you’ve never had my cupcakes so you’ve nothing to truly lose. Keep reading »
Attention, Bridget Jones fans: We are v. excited that a new installment of our favorite awkward heroine is in the works! Helen Fielding has written another chapter in the life of the quirky Brit, and the book is scheduled for an autumn 2013 release.
For the uninitiated, Bridget Jones Diary — the tale of a desperate yet endearing everywoman and her clumsy and often hilarious pursuit of true love (or at least a good date) — debuted in 1996 and quickly became and international bestseller and cultural phenom. Two movies followed, with Renee Zellweger as our quirky protagonist, and single 30-something women everywhere found a fumbling heroine they could finally relate too. It was in Bridget’s constantly adorable flaws — namely her fixation on her body image, awkward approach to dating and penchant for wallowing in her misery (who can forget her onscreen rendition of “All By Myself”?) that we wach saw a bit of ourselves. We are all Bridget Jones to some degree — whether that makes us uncomfortable or not. Here are a few examples…
Having been a fan of ”Breaking Upwards,” the heartbreaking debut film from co-writers/co-stars/cohabitators Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones, I couldn’t wait to see the couple’s follow up, ”Lola Versus.” Starring mumblecore goddess Greta Gerwig, ”Lola Versus” tells the story of a woman on the verge of 30 who’s left understandibly devastated after her fiance dumps her three weeks before the wedding. However, after salty food and casual sex doesn’t help fill the void, she must figure out how to move on with her life without sliding back into the arms of her self-centered ex.
In rom-coms such as this, it’s easy to pin the leading lady’s happiness on whether or not she ends up with a guy at the end of the film, which got me thinking: What if some of our most adored romantic comedies had ended up with different outcomes? More specifically, what would’ve happened if these “meet cute”-ies didn’t opt for the embrace of Prince Charming? From Vivian Ward in ”Pretty Woman” to Jamie Rellis in ”Friends With Benefits,” let’s spitball about what would’ve happened after the credits rolled if these leading ladies had chosen themselves over whatever handsome—but probably jerky—suitor.
Leslie Simon is the author of Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks and Other Misfits Are Taking Over the World. Follow her musings on her blog and on Twitter.
By now you’ve probably read a news article with the lede: “Ack! The ‘Cathy’ comic strip is ending!” Yes, it’s true. Cartoonist Cathy Guisewite, 60, announced yesterday that she will retire the 34-year-old comic strip in October for the usual reasons: to spend more time with her family and pursue other creative projects.
It’s as good a time as any to put the old girl down. After decades as a
swinging desperate single gal, the Cathy character married her cartoon beau, Irving, in 2005. Cathy’s other trials and tribulations — fending off both unwanted pounds and unwanted mothering — are neuroses she’ll apparently never get over.
As stereotypical as the “Cathy” comic strip (which I’ll admit I haven’t read regularly since high school) was regarding single ladies, I’m not about to say “Good riddance!” Yes, she was obsessed with finding a husband. Yes, she was obsessed with her scale. I’ll just say it: she was annoying. But “Cathy” was also pretty groundbreaking. Keep reading »
“Bridget Jones’ Diary“: book, movie, and now … TV show? That’s the rumor The New York Post is spreading. NBC and the British movie company Working Title are allegedly working on a weekly series of “Bridget Jones Diary,” originally made famous by Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Hooray! Not only do us Bridget fans have a third movie to look forward to, we might get a boob tube version as well.
Still, as a diehard fan, the possible TV series is a mixed blessing: I’m guessing none of the mega-stars will be involved with a piddling television series and I just can’t imagine anyone else playing Bridget Jones and Daniel Cleaver but Renée and Hugh. YOU JUST DON’T MESS WITH GREATNESS. [NY Post] Keep reading »