- Publisher: Picador; First Edition (first paper) edition (January 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3303752532
- ISBN-13: 978-3303752531
- ASIN: B000JGQRPC
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,302 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problem with reading a book AFTER you've seen the movie version is that you undeniably relive the scenes with the cinematic players in mind. Luckily, my time with this book was spent before the film opened and I was able to appreciate Helen's attempts at comedy with a better perspective on what she was trying to do - create a female character so flawed and jinxed, that it was impossible but to fall in love with her.
I must say that some of the scenes here read funnier than when they made it to film. But to give it credit, the movie version excelled in portions that were more or less underplayed in the book - the blue soup incident, and the mom-on-TV segments especially. However, I must say that the quality of language and the author's writing style here are wonderful and quite exceptional. Rarely has there been a book that makes you want to meet the lead character, but this one does just fine on that count.
The only concern I had is that while Bridget Jones's Diary is a journal that takes you through a girl's life in a year, the movie seemed to be more a collection of little vignettes, focussing less on the diary itself - though in the end, its the diary that brings her happiness and the man she loves. Readers may find the climax a bit silly (it looks even more contrived on film) but keep in mind this was written for twenty-somethings looking for a way to pass their time on a lonely weeknight, and not for aspiring professors of literature.Read more ›
The humor of "Bridget Jones's Diary" is its strongest quality. From the exchange between Bridget and her boss, Daniel, regarding the absence-due-to-sick-leave of Bridget's apparently too-short skirt, to the Tarts and Vicars fiasco, there's a lot to laugh at in this book. Fielding does funny well, but she's also good for a pithy rejoinder in the Cruelty Department; the American woman Bridget catches her man Daniel with says, as Bridget is leaving, "I thought you said she was thin." Ouch.
Some of the reviews here have bashed "Bridget" for ripping off Austen, which is a little unfair. Rewrites like this are nothing new--see Jean Rhys' "Wide Sargasso Sea," which updates "Jane Eyre," or David Lodge's "Nice Work," which does ditto for Gaskell's "North and South," or Peter Carey's "Jack Maggs," a skewed perspective on "Great Expectations." Fielding's contribution to this growing genre (the nineteenth-century rewrite) is more openly self-aware than some, and she allows herself and Bridget to have an awful lot of fun with "Pride and Prejudice," even pointing comically to other versions of this classic, like the BBC series. I don't see this in the least as a detractor from one's enjoyment of "Bridget Jones.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was a tad disappointed... Maybe because I watched the movie before actually reading the book. I wanted more of Mr. Darcy. Read morePublished 3 days ago by AvidReader
I Freaking Love Helen. she is totally amazing and the humor she brings to her work is totally my favorite. this is one of my favorite go to reads. Read morePublished 16 days ago by BabyDee
I don't know what a lot of the reviewers of this book have been smoking because this is hardly ground breaking fiction. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am not English therefore a few words went over my head. But I really enjoyed reading someone else's diary. =) I am glad it wasn't like the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam McAna
To be honest, this book is the rare example of a movie being significantly better than the book! I absolutely adore the 2001 Bridget Jones's Diary movie adaptation, which may be,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by jjj89