“I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with girlfriends or wives, misogynists, megalomanics, chauvists, emotional fuckwits or freeloaders, perverts.”
Figured since I read the series back to back I might as well combine the reviews.
I assume everyone has seen the movie adaptation of the least the first one, and if you liked it, you’d like the novel. It’s impossible to read with hearing Renee Zellweger’s voice in your head, and how could you picture Daniel and Mark as anyone other than Hugh Grant and Colin Firth? (that gets weird, by the way, since Bridget is obsessed with Pride and Prejudice Colin Firth). Bridget is a delightful mess as she gets herself into stupid situations while worrying about her calorie intake and cigarettes consumed. She and her girlfriends obsess over men and their “emotional fuckwittage”. Bridget’s mother is an much as disaster as she, yet still counsels: “Don’t say ‘what,’ say ‘pardon,’ darling, and do as your mother tells you.”
The book is written diary-style, obviously, and I loved the breezy quality of it. In fact, while the sequel (Edge of Reason) is not quite as enjoyable (Bridget’s dumb decisions become quite a bit more unbelievable), the writing style (and an interview with Colin Firth) save it.
Fielding has some great lines/witticisms as well. Loved this one: “What is it about mothers and the phone which, immediately you say you have to go, makes them think of nineteen completely irrelevant things they have to tell you that minute?”. Makes me think we might be sisters.
In short: the first one was great (4 stars), the second was eh (2 stars). Let’s call it a 3!