Bridget jones mad about the boy review
Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3) by Helen FieldingBridget Jones is back!
Great comic writers are as rare as hens teeth. And Helen is one of a very select band who have created a character of whom the very thought makes you smile. Bridget Jones Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s was a huge international bestseller, published in 40 countries and selling over 15 million copies worldwide. Its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, published soon after was also a major international bestseller. Both were made into films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
Set in the present, the new novel will explore a different phase in Bridgets life with an entirely new scenario. As Helen Fielding has said: If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then well all be very happy.
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I t's always a jolt to remember that the first two Bridget Jones books, published way back in the 90s, predated texting, tweeting, Facebook and internet dating: the constant stream of personal updates pinging between our devices in Her diary-style abbreviations, number-crunching obsessiveness over trivia and jokey combination of self-exposure and self-deprecation have had such an influence on the tone of social media that we all sound like Bridget now. So it's no surprise that Helen Fielding was tempted to let Bridget loose on what looks like her natural terrain. Think what opportunities modern technology offers for embarrassment: the erroneously forwarded email, the ill-advised drunken text, the disastrous internet date. What's surprising, and cheering, is that rather than freeze-framing her as the eternal thirtysomething, Fielding has allowed Bridget to age in real time, making her 51 and in need of glasses to operate her smartphone. More shockingly, instead of the dissatisfied divorcee one might have expected, Bridget is now a tragic widow. Mark Darcy has died a typically noble death, leaving her with two small children, Billy and Mabel.
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Helen Fielding introduces Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy
B ridget Jones, you could argue, was the first truly modern comic heroine. Back in the mids, through Bridget and her friends, Helen Fielding identified the confusion of a new generation of women and — crucially — allowed her readers to laugh at it. The books went on to sell 15m copies in 40 countries, were adapted into two hit films and turned their heroine into shorthand for a particular type of contemporary womanhood. Now the author has revived Bridget, nearly 20 years on, to negotiate a whole new sexual and cultural landscape. The girlish style has not changed, despite being Bridget still obsessively logs her weight, her alcohol units and pieces of Nicorette gum she's given up the Silk Cut ; to this litany of guilt she can now add embarrassing texts, tweets and Botox.
When we last saw the archetypal singleton 15 years ago she was being proposed to by true love Mark Darcy. These flashes of grief give the story a real poignancy that it needs to balance out the laughs. The bad news? Some of the jokes are truly terrible. Worse than that, several of these awful one-liners are repeated, as though another airing might make them funnier.