Bridget Jones #1 Bridget Jones’ Dagbog
Title: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Series: Bridget Jones #1
Author: Helen Fielding
Published in English: 1996
Dansk titel: Bridget Jones’ Dagbog
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2013
Forlag: Lindhardt og Ringtof
Finished Reading: May 2020
Genre: Chick Lit & Romance
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise
“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”
Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”
I’ve read it before long time ago, but didn’t really get into the story as well as this time around. I understand from looking around the internet, that the book has a mixture of reviews. Some gives it one star the rest either four or five. So people either hate or love this book and I think I know why. The humor is odd and the way of the writing is very unlike anything you’ve seen before. I loved the twist on the diary written style, even though it might not be a hundred percent realistic the way the diary is being written, you can’t help but become caught up in the progress of Bridget Jones’ day.
The book is slightly different from the movie, and I’d suggest you read the book before watching the ever so funny movie. You’ll learn a thing or two about Bridget that you won’t see or hear about in the movie. Another fun fact is that, in the book Bridget and her friends are talking about movies at a certain point, and they mention movies in which Colin Firth and Hugh Grant play the leading roles, funny seeing as Daniel is played by Hugh Grant, and Mark Darcy is played by Colin Firth. Guess the author was optimistic of getting those two, to play the roles in her upcoming movie.
I’ve gathered that English and Danish humor is very similar and therefor I absolutely loved this as it is close to my own sense of humor, but I’m sure that, the American’s will take issue at understanding this sort of dark humor and maybe that’s where all the negative reviews comes from. They might not see the funny part.
Writing wise I had some issues at keeping my focus on longer periods since it seemed a bit heavy. A month at a time was the most I could keep my focus, since there was a lot of information to take in. Think younger people would have some issues with the writing style and would therefor recommend this to the slightly older audience. I’ll be reading the next in the series very soon, and get back to you then.