Friday, December 9, 2016

Bridget Jones's Baby...

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I LOVED the first Bridget Jones book. I was living in England when it got big and all of my friends were passing it around. I was a twenty-something with two kids, so me and Bridget didn't have THAT much in common, but I loved her nonetheless.

When the movie came out we did a girls night trip to the theater, and I got to listen to the girls moan and groan over things like it saying pounds instead of stone in referring to her weight loss, etc. They had "Americanized" it, but in spite of the complaining everyone LOVED the movie. I think the fight between Daniel and Mark is one of the best scenes in cinematic history (that might be a bit of an exaggeration). So funny.

 I read the second book in the series when it came out, and although I enjoyed meeting up with characters I thought of as friends, I didn't think it was as good as the first. Ditto the movie.

Now cut to a 41 year old Christina...stuck at home during a blizzard...trying desperately to make a dent in her Goodreads list by grabbing small books left and right. Lo and behold I saw a familiar face sitting on the New Release shelf at the Library. My beloved Bridget, come to the rescue!

I've noticed that a lot of the reviews online for Bridget Jones's Baby make reference to the movie a ton. They aren't happy with the changes. They'd hoped for a carbon copy of the movie. Or the book wasn't different enough, etc. I haven't watched the movie, so this review is on the book alone. No mamby pamby conflicted thoughts in my head.

Bridget Jones's Baby: The Diaries is a cute little book, coming in at 219 pages (the perfect size for an evening's blizzard). The story is Bridget giving her son some of the diary entries she'd written in the lead-up to having explain how she'd loved him from the very beginning but got herself into a mess...and how she'd got herself back out of it again.

It took me a bit to get into the story. Initially I felt like I was reading fan fiction...where someone had taken key phrases and quotes from the previous books and tossed them together with a new scenario. It was actually quite odd. I'd say it took me about halfway through before I was really enjoying myself.

Bridget has got herself into a bit of a scrape. A newly single Mark Darcy gets caught up in a drunken moment with her after a christening...then tells her he wants nothing to do with her. Upset, she falls into the arms of dashing Daniel Cleaver for one of their steamy trysts. A few weeks later, having heard nothing from the guys, she finds herself feeling ill and...OH MY GOSH, she's PREGNANT!!
 Torn between the Singletons and the Smug Mothers...between Daniel and Mark. In short, her life is falling apart. But she finds herself overwhelmingly happy to be having a baby...not a doubt in her mind, which is the thing she holds onto when times get tough.

This little book is filled with tons of swear words, alcohol, sexual trysts and horrible decision making. In other words, it's straight up Bridget Jones. But I'm still giving it 3 stars. It's probably a firm 3.5, but my cranky butt has decided to round down on this one.

It was good...but not great. It definitely got better as you went along. And now that I've read it I absolutely have to watch the movie, if only just to see what all the fuss was about, as it clearly influenced a lot of readers. And I feel I need to confess that when reading it I heard the voices of Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. That rarely happens to me, but I am truly a fan of the original characters and story.

So there ya have it. Are you a fan of Bridget Jones? Do you ever hear actors voices in you head when you read a book? Do you think the movie can actually be better than the book? Let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page.

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