I have never watched the movie, something that seemed bizarre to my closest girlfriends. This movie seemed like a right of passage, something that all girls come together to watch and laugh and bond over…and like most normal rights of passage, I had never experienced it. Yet I, like most people, did have some idea about what the story was about. A messy Blond woman; some big pants; two men and something about a bunny suit. It would be funny and romantic and utterly cringe worthy at times but also relatable and entertaining.
It did not disappoint. It did exactly as the label said. Instantly you’re enthralled by this down to earth woman, recognising yourself in her from her New Year’s resolutions, the unhealthy relationship to food, her reactions to the situations and people she meets and of course how long it takes her to get ready in the morning (spoiler – about just under three hours).
I loved that it’s a diary. The diary format connects us with Bridget instantly, as everyone knows a diary is deeply personal, it’s the most honest a person will be and can be considered ‘a girls best friend’ thus creating an intimate relationship between the reader and protagonist based on trust.
It’s laugh-out-loud funny, cannot put the book down entertaining and surprisingly witty and clever. Yes, the overarching storyline is predictable – but it is never dull! If anything, the predictability adds to the reader’s entertainment, knowing before the protagonist does makes every situation that much more amusing.
If you love a light, laughter-filled novel – this is it. This is the ultimate chick-flick, holiday novel that you’ll find yourself reading again and again. I especially recommend it if you love Pride and Prejudice, it shares more similarities than just the name ‘Darcy’.
My first instinct is to call it a celebration of ourselves, our relationships, our family and friends but there is no denying that beneath the humour there is also a serious evaluation of all of these things as well. Bridgets is the everyday woman, we can all see ourselves in her, relate to the way she criticises herself for everything from her body, career, relationship choices. She is a smart, intelligent and brilliantly funny person that can honestly only see her faults and defects. Helen Fielding perfectly balances telling an enthralling story alongside illuminating the downfalls of society, especially where it has failed women.
I will always recommend this book, I feel that it is like a wine (or whisky) that gets better with age. At each passage of your life, you will be able to reconnect with Bridget and bond over your new experiences.