The Bridget Jones Phenomenon

image“Bridget Jones’s Diary” the book became popular when I was still a teenager. I remember relating to it deeply when my teenage heart was broken and the thought that I could be worse off, meaning a thirty year old single smoker who drinks too much and isn’t particularly successful in her career was quite consoling. You surely know Bridget, the woman who goes for a bad boy instead noticing someone of much more value who is interested in her? You do and so did the world, making Bridget a symbol of her times.  Therefore it didn’t come as a surprise that the book was followed by a movie which I considered much better than the original. Let’s be honest, Helen Fielding’s novel, was entertaining and an easy read but it wasn’t a masterpiece of literature. The movie was simply a good movie, with a smartly chosen cast and numerous entertaining scenes, at the same time devoided of the unnecessary and not so funny ones that were included in the novel.

With anticipation I was waiting for the seconds (yet again the book and the movie that followed) and I was, maybe not so surprisingly because they were sequels after all, disappointed. Less funny, less witty and quite predictable sequels made me promise that I will not continue with the series shall anything else ever been produced. The sequel was just a re-telling of the first story with the equally sweet, yet somehow difficult to believe in, ending.

When my mom sent me BJ part III “About the Boy” in the Christmas parcel I had a long internal monologue and eventually decided to read it. Mark is dead and Bridget starts to date again in the age of Twitter. 10 years older and a mother of two who didn’t get even a bit smarter commences a new adventure on the dating market in what turns out to be the same story all over again just with differently named characters.

Why did women (including me) get so crazy about this predictable series? Because it tells us lies about dating and love we would all like to believe in. We all would love to think that we don’t have to have a healthy self-esteem for a man to discover how very special we are, even though we actually feel way below average. We would all like to believe that we don’t need self-reliance and self-development and people who come from completely different educational backgrounds will be charmed by us all the same. Last but not least, the lie that the difficulties in the very beginning of courting are not actually a bad sign and we should still be expecting a happy ending.

Don’t but get me wrong – the series has got a lot right. How it feels when everyone keeps asking you about your prolonging single status, the uncomfortable situations that may result from it, how important drinking sessions with friends are when we’re single. However, apart from this value, the series just keeps repeating the old romantic fantasy of a prince who’ll come and save us from everyone, but first and foremost from ourselves.

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14 comments

  1. EnglishRosiee · July 15, 2015

    😉

    Despite the fact that one of the many idiots I dated tried to ruin this movie by over-analyzing it to prove he wasn’t a ‘complete dumb-ass’. I still love it. I think gives all of us slightly ditzy girls who fall downstairs when drunk hope that we too can find our Mr Darcy and the Natashas of the world don’t always get the guy 😉 It also covers real life dramas like how we all at some point get lured in by the Daniel Cleaver types with their banter about non-existent skirts and such.

    Although, its unlikely that they’ll make the third movie as Renee no longer looks like BJ, I think I’d still go watch it. I am sad they killed off Mark Darcy but the BJ kids sound hilarious, so I think it still has.some scope to do well.

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    • zlotybaby · July 16, 2015

      BJ had it right that it’s not about perfection and clumsiness can be cute and people should love us for when we fail too. However, I still think that they weren’t a suitable match and the relationship wouldn’t have survived. Intellectual understanding is a big part of most relationships and you should find someone with whom you share interests. There’s no point to pretend that you’re interested in the 17th century British poetry or in Kim Karsashian’s life. You should rather be with someone you don’t have to pretend with.

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      • EnglishRosiee · July 16, 2015

        But maybe Mr Darcy was tired of talking shop all the time with his boring lawyer friends…after battling human rights abuses he probably just needed fun times with the girl that ran round his paddling pool naked 😉

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  2. bklynboy59 · July 15, 2015

    I never knew what Bridget Jones was about so I just learned something different

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    • zlotybaby · July 16, 2015

      I’m glad our blog has educational value too 😉

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      • bklynboy59 · July 16, 2015

        it just goes to show you…we all learn from each other

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      • zlotybaby · July 16, 2015

        True 😊

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  3. patriciamanning · July 16, 2015

    Mark Darcy is dead? Noooo! What horrible author would kill off such a leading man? Since I did not remember that Bridget was 30 in the movies, I think that it is time I break open a bottle of wine and re-watch them… both of them, since I quite enjoyed the second one, as well.

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    • zlotybaby · July 16, 2015

      It’s not a spoiler about his death, I swear. It’s on the cover of the book and in every interview with the author. She said it was more interesting to put Bridget back on the dating market than to make her a family woman. Happy re-watching 😊

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    • EnglishRosiee · July 16, 2015

      I am surprised my favourite WISO is upset over Mark Darcy’s death. See if there is any man that can warm our cold hearts its Darcy.

      I have both on DVD, so movie night soon soon 🙂

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