The novel Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding was first published in 1996 and has sold millions of copies worldwide in the years since its publication. The novel was also adapted into a popular film adaptation in 2001 starring actress Renee Zellweger. The novel is written in the voice of a British woman named Bridget Jones who is writing entries about the details of her life in a personal diary. Jones often tells humorous stories about her job, struggles with her weight and her dramatic love life, making for a funny book.
This funny book follows the life of Bridget Jones, a single British woman in her thirties. Jones resides in London and works as a writer, but the focus of the story is about her tumultuous love life. She supplements these tales of her career with sordid details about her body-image and weight, family and a small group of close friends. She refers to herself as a “Singleton,” which she defines as someone like herself who is not married or in a serious relationship. Jones often complains that she is surrounded by people she calls “Smug Marrieds,” or people who are deeply involved in their marriage, which leaves her feeling left out and contributes to her overwhelming fears of dying alone. Jones’ paranoia about dying alone is humorously recanted through her daydreams about dying all by her lonesome, surrounded by her pet dogs.
Bridget Jones eventually begins to tell the story of her involvement in two romantic relationships. Jones becomes involved with both her boss Daniel Cleaver, who cheats on her with an attractive female co-worker and another man she meets at a New Years party, Mark Darcy. Jones also humorous tells the tale of her struggles with food, her weight and her tendency to smoke too many cigarettes. She is painfully honest about her weight and tendency to over-indulge through the novel, making her likeable and real to the reader.
Bridget Jones’ friends and family also play a starring role in the novel, including a small but tight-knit group of friends she relies upon throughout her struggles with her weight and love life. Even her parents and their lecherous friend Geoffrey add to the humor of Bridget’s story through their pushy ways and inappropriate social behaviors.
In all, this funny book is a quick read and a humorous tale that is relatable to most readers, especially women.