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Bridget Jones "Mad About The Boy": Heroine For The Masses

Updated on August 6, 2016

A Flawed, Neurotic Addict

Helen Fielding created a female masterpiece in her new trilogy, Bridget Jones Diary which is accompanied by Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason and the last Bridget Jones Mad About The Boy. While many people became acquainted with Renee Zellweger's spectacular portrayal of this character, her wild friends, and her whacky Jane Austen male love interests and opponents (played by Colin Firth and Hugh Grant) in the acclaimed on-screen version, it was Helen Fielding's pen and imagination that created these characters on paper, published as a book. Without Fielding's masterful character development, our beloved Bridget Jones would never have come to life.

I was not a Bridget Jones's Diary fan, when the movie was released. In fact, I hadn't read the book and really had no interest in seeing the movie. And then a gaggle of women dragged me off to see the movie saying, "You're gonna LOVE this - you've gotta see it." That was almost 10 years ago. It was my Mom who introduced me to the book and that was when I truly became addicted to the flawed, neurotic addict that Fielding created as Bridget Jones.

The third movie, Bridget Jone's Baby is about to be released. Here is the trailer! bridgetjonesmovie

I will be back to write more about this shift in the story.

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Men and Women Love Her

How can this be? Men want a woman like her, women want to be like her. Bridget Jones has a devil-may-care approach to her health, relationships, and job. Of course, she appears this way because everything we learn about her is drawn directly from her diary - a place where most people whine about their lives, describe their own flaws in detail, and excuse their own bad behaviours.

Fielding does not stray from the human condition of personal neurosis that the privacy of a diary can encourage. Jones smokes and constantly discusses stopping, worries about her weight but keeps drinking and drowning her personal fears in food, writes about the tattered marriage that is her parent's love connection, and tries to decifer what love looks like in her own little world.

For many women, she is the flawed version of themselves that they feel they see in the mirror, and she is attractive! For some men, she is the smoking, drinking, one-night-stand or short-term fun chick that won't expect her needs to be met.

Being walked all over in a relationship? Bridget Jones has been there. Seen your parents go through separation? Bridget Jones has been there. Cried into your wine glass because of a lost love? Bridget Jones has been there. Tired of the whole singles scene? Need I say more....

When I say this character is full of flaws, I mean it. And I love it. Why? Because it makes me feel okay that I have my own. Do my flaws need to be less gargantuan than hers? No! Do I need to feel like my path through the world is smarter or better than hers? No! I just appreciate that someone has taken the time to reflect into society that great women don't have to be perfect.

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It's been a bone of contention, a controversy, you might say.

Is Bridget Jones a character that lays the female, feminist struggle at the feet of the male lion?

Or

Is Bridget Jones a clear representation of the female need to be loved, just as she is, while also striking out independently into the world?

I truly believe that Fielding's exceptional achievement was her final Mark Darcy statement, "I like you very much. Just as you are." ~from Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.

What do you believe?

Feminist Afowl?

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All In A Day Of Women's Work

"Being a woman is worse than being a farmer there is so much harvesting and crop spraying to be done: legs to be waxed, underarms shaved, eyebrows plucked, feet pumiced, skin exfoliated and moisturised, spots cleansed, roots dyed, eyelashes tinted, nails filed, cellulite massaged, stomach muscles exercised.

The whole performance is so highly tuned you only need to neglect it for a few days for the whole thing to go to seed. Sometimes I wonder what I would be like if left to revert to nature - with a full beard and handlebar moustache on each shin Dennis Healey eyebrows face a graveyard of dead skin cells spots erupting long curly fingernails like Struwelpeter blind as bat and stupid runt of species as no contact lenses flabby body flobbering around. Ugh ugh. Is it any wonder girls have no confidence?" ~from Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.

Do You Harvest and Crop Spray?

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Did You Love Or Hate Helen Fielding's Stories?

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Get A Literary View Of Bridget Jones's Diary

The World According to Bridget Jones: Discourses of Identity in Chicklit Fictions (Literary and Cultural Theory)
The World According to Bridget Jones: Discourses of Identity in Chicklit Fictions (Literary and Cultural Theory)

Take a look at what's been written about Helen Fielding's imagined world of Bridget Jones. Academics have taken the success of this storyline to heart.

 

Laws of Life?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces." ~from Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding.

I once had someone explain to me that there are three things in life: Work, Love, Health. And that I was only allowed to have 2 of the 3 working well at any one time. Because it is a law.

Do You Believe Helen Fielding's Law?

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The Books, Already! - A FANTASTIC GIFT

Read the Books - There is just MORE. More of the thought patterns, more character development than either of the movies convey.

Are you celebrating Mother's Day? Valentine's Day? A Birthday? Christmas? Or any chocolate holiday for which a book would make a great gift? This series of books is a perfect gift for any woman.

Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary

First in the series. Settle in for a night with the girls.

 
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

Second in the series. Adventures abroad take Bridget to prison. This is not one to be missed.

 
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

And what does life deliver for Bridget? Dig into this third in the series to see where life takes her.

 

The Romance Of A Convertible

The wind in your hair.

Your sweetheart at the wheel.

And you at your beautiful best.

And The Movies!

Bridget Jones's Diary , Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason : 2 Pack Collection
Bridget Jones's Diary , Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason : 2 Pack Collection

I laughed! I cried! It was just plain fun and worth watching again.

 

Now - THIS IS FOR FUN!

Please read the last comment postings and consider how you could contribute to creating a ficticious online diary. Then, write your diary entry here.

Let's Have Some Fun With This!

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      Tea Pixie 3 years ago

      Dear Diary,

      Have heard about third book. Is all said and done? I haven't even read it yet!!! Perhaps after I've read WordPress For The Slow-Minded, I'll get to reading this one. Or maybe I'll wait for the movie.

      Until then, Ecuadorian Chocolate awaits.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Dear Diary,

      The news is on the wire - Helen Fielding has been scribbling again. Yippeeee. I am so looking forward to her next book. Maybe she'll read this page and look for ideas? Who knows. If you have got any ideas for the next book, share them here - I'll do what I can to get the word out.

      As for me? It's a day of yoga wear. Stumbled through the world today, likely missing the delivery guy who would have fallen into a state of shock because he couldn't deliver his package. Yes, I get many packages. It makes me feel a bit like a prisoner because I have to wait around for his arrival. Sigh.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Dear diary, I don't always remember to write, but I thought I would check in. I have been using twitter, for the first time, and don't understand everything I am doing, but that's nothing new. It's like when I went to Germany and decided to SPEAK German. I went into a bread shop and ordered what I needed, but couldn't understand what they were saying when they responded to my well rehearsed enquiry in German. I spent my visit learning so that I could UNDERSTAND German.

      Now to learn twitter. :)

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Thank you for stopping to read and leave a message. :D

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Let's hope his blindness is not a result of you poking out his eyes so that he CAN'T see you. hee hee

      Thank you so much for contributing!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @costumesngifts: Oh homebuddy! Thank you so much for expressing your praise. :)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Thanks for the introduction of Bridget Jones, she seems like a delightful character.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Dear Diary, Spent all day working on the computer in my jammies AGAIN. Not expecting any visitors, he shows up at the door unannounced with a berry pie in tote and their I am; flannel pants and an old, way too large, t-shirt with my hair held up with chop sticks. He says I'm beautiful anyway. He must be nuts or he's blind in one eye and can't see out of the other.

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      costumesngifts 4 years ago

      Very witty and insightful article. I've always liked Bridget Jones but you've given her even more depth and charm through this piece! You got my vote on the book club poll for the favorite fictional character :)

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @HalloweenRecipes: Goodnight, Halloweenkitchenwitch.

      I hope you get warm, cuddling up in front of the warmth of your tv. ;)

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      The mailman dropped by again. It's Christmas and Amazon is busy. Lucky him - I'm in my painting clothes: wild hair, an old hospital shirt and overalls covered in paint. He always looks at me like I'm this crazy anomalie. No cropping and harvesting for me. I don't have time for that!

      Hmmm, now time to think about a New Year's resolution. Not putting anything on that list that I could fail at. Not a chance.

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      HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

      Dear Diary, I had so much fun reading this lens on Bridget Jones, one of my dearest literary companions. Bridget is a fun gal and if you haven't read her books or seen her movies put them on your "to do" list right away! You will laugh and cry and fall in love with Bridget like so many other fans did. Oh well, off to watch that handsome Colin Firth and that hilarious fight scene with Hugh Grant! Goodnight Diary.

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @junecampbell: Ahh, but nightcats - you have such lovely hair. If you had Einstein's brain, you would have to have his hair. It's not a whole lotta fun (I get that hair if I begin thinking too hard and too long WITHOUT any harvesting and cropping!).

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @junecampbell: Merci Beaucoup! I so appreciate the support. :^D

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      @flashkid: HAHAHAHA - very funny. ;) Nahhh, just busy making gingerbread houses, Devon Cream shortbread, Nanaimo bars and Double Devious Mugatu Cherry Mini Cupcakes! If only I'd been harvesting.... But you are welcome to join in the writing!

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      flashkid 4 years ago

      No entries from Dec 4th to Dec 17th. So much of Harvesting and Cropping

      and Harvesting and Cropping

      and...

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      PS I'm voting for this lens in the competition today!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I don't understand the question. It's too confusing for me. I wish I had a brain like Einstein so I could know about quantum physics. Instead, I just know about getting bread and milk from the grocer.

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      Robin S 4 years ago from USA

      I got it!

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      Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      It's the beginning of another week. Okay, not quite the beginning because it's already noon.

      I'm still in my housecoat as I type my brains out. Of course, I've also had two parcel deliveries. I am now wondering, what do those delivery men think of my sunken eyes, wild hair, dirty housecoat, and bare feet?