I’m currently roaming the library to find all the books that go with movies I really enjoyed. This time I’m presenting Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding which was adapted by Sharon Maguire in 2001. Renée Zellweger stars as the eponymous heroine.
Bridget Jones is a 30-something woman, working in a job she doesn’t really like. She is single and determined to change that. Bridget buys a diary and enlists all her accomplishments (and failures) while she trying to lose weight, stop smoking and reduce drinking. The real trouble begins when starts flirting with Daniel Cleaver, a womanizer she knows from work. Things get even more difficult when the lawyer Mark Darcy enters her life…
Book vs. Movie:
Beginning with the book, I have to say that it took me a while to get into it. Maybe it is because I am to young to relate to everything Bridget goes through but I was already halfway through the novel until I could connect with her. In general I was rather annoyed that Helen Fielding constantly tried to make a point that Bridget is just like every other woman while about half of the stuff that’s going would never ever happen in real life. So, the book was somewhat enjoyable and at bits even made me giggle a bit.
Let’s get to the movie. I’ve seen this one about 10 times by now. Renée Zellweger is absolutely adorable as Bridget. To be honest, I consider the film Bridget by far funnier and more relatable than the novel heroine. In general the movie was much smarter and made me laugh constantly. I really appreciate the plot-changes that were as thus some things are more realistic than in the novel. In the adaptation Bridget really is a typical woman in her thirties.
By the way, both Hugh Grant and Colin Firth (who play Bridget’s suitors) are both mentioned in the book and I just love that it’s them who were chosen for the adaptation.
Summing up I have to say that the adaptation was far more enjoyable than the novel. The book was difficult to get into, not realistic and Bridget wasn’t relatable. However, Renée Zellweger was absolutely divine in her role and the adaptation never fails to make me laugh!
Did you watch the film? Read the novel? Let me know in the comments what you think!