Banned Books Week - September 24 - 30

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Favorite Fictional Character--Bridget Jones

FFC is an event created by Ryan at Wordsmithonia.

This week's character was inspired by a post I read about the return of Bridget Jones over at The Well Read Kitty.  It reminded me of just how much I love the character of Bridget Jones created by Helen Fielding.  Bridget is a no nonsense British girl who just wants to lose a little weight...and fall in love.  She chronicles her hilarious adventures in a diary.  Bridget lays bare in her diary all the insecurities that all of us women feel.  She talks about her battles with weight, her attempts to quit smoking, her troubles with men, her family...everything that any woman would write in her diary privately, but it's here for the world to read.  Bridget can make you laugh and cry.  You almost forget that she is a fictional character because she is so real.

Here are a couple of memorable quotes from the book:

"It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting "Cathy" and banging your head against a tree."  Bridget Jones's Diary

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


Not only did I love both of the Bridget Jones books, I also loved the movies.  I thought Renee Zellweger was brilliant in the role.  Rumour has it that there is another movie in the works.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this is true!

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  1. I LOVE Bridget Jones!! My copies of both books are worn out from rereading.
    The movies... I didn't love the movies, especially the second. I felt that they didn't capture the spirit of Bridget. And I hated that Renee whined about gaining weight to play her. Which also made me mad, because Bridget isn't over-weight, she just thinks she is. I think if the movies had been made by British filmmakers it would have been better. Though I will never complain about Colin Firth- I <3 him!!

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  2. I love Bridget Jones. Out of many fictional characters she is definitely one I can relate to the most.

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  4. ROFL! I forgot how much I LOVE Bridget Jones! I loved the first movie, the second not so much. But the movies brought me to the books, which I love even more. :) I should re-read them this summer.

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  5. Oh, I love Bridget Jones! I just picked up The Edge of Reason at Goodwill and can't wait to work it in.

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  6. Deb--yeah, I did think Renee was pissy complaining about gaining the weight. She's too damn skinny at her normal weight. I'm the last one to think Bridget is fat...I wish I was Bridget's size again! (I will be someday!) Ole Colin is probably one of the main reasons I love the movies. He is so dreamy...he can do no wrong in my eyes!

    Robyn, Katy--Looks like we all share the Bridget love! Thanks for stopping by. =O)

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  7. I really enjoyed the movie but have not read the book, not sure I ever will. Great choice this week, I may have to put the movie on my netflix again.

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  8. Ryan--I own the movie on VHS. I think I have the second one too. I was thinking I need to watch it again when I was writing this post.

    You should read the book. I know it's considered "chick lit", but it's really good.

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  9. Hi - i love Bridget Jones - although I think that the BJ of the films is slightly different to the Bj of the books... great character though!

    Hannah

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  10. Bridget is one of my favorite characters. I felt like I was reading my own diary at times!

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  11. I also loved the Bridget books and movie. She is an easy to relate to character on so many levels.

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  12. Love, love Bridget Jones! For once the movies did not disappoint. I am hoping that there is another movie in the works too.

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  13. I <3 Bridget Jones so much! She's so wonderful :)

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  14. Hi
    Thanks for stopping by, I think I do have Enya's latest.. I haveeverything she did... hope you win also!!!

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