Bridget Jones is Back!
Did you hear the v. good news? Bridget Jones is back! That’s right, author Helen Fielding has confirmed that our favorite neurotic, 30-something singleton will return with a new book filled with new escapades. And in the age of internet dating, texting, Facebook, and Twitter, Ms. Jones will surely be bringing her delightful social awkwardness to a whole other level. As 30-something city dwellers with our own set of dating disasters we can’t wait to read about Bridget’s latest adventures!
From the first Bridget Jones book through the two hit movies (a third is coming!) and the online columns, we here at Shelf Pleasure have long related to our misguided heroine. For us, moving from the suburbs to the big city was a major transition in every way, getting used to roommates, office life and of course dating. Many bad blind dates ended with a viewing of the DVD, tucked safely under the covers, wondering when we’d meet our Mark Darcy–and stop dating the Daniel Cleavers of the world. The scene where Bridget goes to a dinner party filled with “smug married couples” is particularly relatable. The pitying looks as the other couples, safe and secure in their coupledom, wonder aloud “why are there so many unmarried women in their 30s.” But our Bridget quickly puts them in their place when she asks, “tell me, is it one in four marriages that end in divorce these days, or one in three?” Score one for singles everywhere! As Bridget navigates the land mines of the dating world, we can’t help but groan and cheer along with her.
Marriage and men aside, Bridget’s goals to lose 20 pounds, drink less, and overall become a responsible adult speaks to so many women struggling to find themselves. Perhaps Bridget is too focused on finding Mr. Perfect, but she’s also a successful career woman who has a loyal group of friends–something many of us city girls understand well. So thank you Helen Fielding for bringing back one of our favorite heroines. Oh Bridge, how we’ve missed you!
Were you a fan of the original Bridget Jones’s Diary and it’s sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason? And are you as excited as we are for a new one?
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