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    How are “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Pride and Prejudice” related?

    Quick Answer: Bridget Jones’s Diary is a modernization of Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Bridget Jones may not feel the same…


    How Are “Bridget Jones’s Diary” And “Pride And Prejudice” Related?

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    Quick Answer: is a modernization of Jane Austen’s classic novel . Bridget Jones may not feel the same economic pressure to get married as Elizabeth Bennett, but she still faces great societal pressure to find the right guy. But what makes both stories so compelling is their complex and independent heroines who ignore society’s rules and try to find their own way.

    Few things come to mind that are further from formative British literature than (2001). The film is about a British woman (played by the not-so-British Renée Zellweger) who has resolved to change herself for the better. She wants to lose weight, find a “nice sensible boyfriend” and stop dating “alcoholics, workaholics, commitment-phobics, peeping toms, megalomaniacs, emotional fuckwits, or perverts.” And because this is an early 2000’s British rom-com, this resolution leads Bridget to a love triangle between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

    This film’s abundance of cringe-worthy embarrassments involving undergarments would make any Victorian blush, but it just so happens that this “chick flick” staple is a modernization of Jane Austen’s classic novel . The romance between Bridget (Zellweger) and Mark Darcy (Firth) closely parallels the one between Austen’s Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. On top of the shared Darcy name, it’s hardly coincidental that Firth also played Mr. Darcy in 1995’s . However, the novel wasn’t all about romance, and neither is Bridget Jones.

    was a stealthy commentary about the social and political implications of marriage in Victorian England. Mr. Darcy is described as being both extremely handsome and extremely wealthy, and all of the romantic pairings in the story are judged by how economically advantageous they are – Lydia Bennett is judged harshly for running off with Wickham, who is essentially penniless, whereas Elizabeth is celebrated for getting engaged to Darcy, despite his unsavory attitude in the greater part of the novel.

    In , set in the twenty-first century, the idea that a woman needs to marry (and marry for money) in order to survive feels outdated and sexist. Bridget has a job and her own apartment – she is doing well on her own. However, she still faces as much social pressure to marry as Elizabeth, especially from her mother (not so different from Mrs. Bennett), lest Bridget wind up a lonely old “spinster.” Apparently, less has changed in the world of courtship and marriage than we would like to imagine.

    The film begins with Bridget telling us in a voice-over that “it all began on New Year’s day in my thirty-second year of being single.” Not only does she introduce her story by lamenting how long she has been single, but this is also how she tallies her life. Relatives continually ask her how her love life is, and later in the film a lover describes her and himself as “people of a certain age… looking for the moment to commit.” Bridget is constantly defined, by others and herself, by her age and relationship status.

    Significantly, though, in Bridget’s world, marriage is no longer primarily and explicitly about money, as it is in Elizabeth’s. In , the fight between Elizabeth’s two suitors, Darcy and Wickham, is over a scheme to control Darcy’s family fortune. In , the fight between Mark and Daniel (Hugh Grant) is over Daniel sleeping with Mark’s wife, leading to the couple’s divorce.

    That is not to say that women never marry for money, or that money never affects or determines romantic relationships. Rather, it is to say that money is not the first thing on Bridget’s mind. Elizabeth Bennett may be against marriage for purely practical reasons, and she may believe herself immune to the pressures to marry a wealthy man, but it is worth noting that she seems to have a change of heart about Darcy after touring his lavish estate and that she makes a 180 after he saves the Bennett family honor by paying off her sister’s new husband. Bridget, on the other hand, barely seems to take money into consideration with her suitors – she just wants to stop dating jerks.

    Of course, in Jane Austen’s world, the story is over once the two love interests get together. Once Elizabeth agrees to marry Darcy we know that she is going to live happily, and financially stably, ever after. But Bridget’s story continues. Her relationship with Mark has its ups and downs in the sequel (2004), and it seems that pregnancy will throw the couple through another few loops in the upcoming (2016).

    The films present viewers with a picture of a modern (albeit whacky) relationship, and with it a modern heroine. Elizabeth Bennett is an intelligent bookworm who is headstrong and disinterested in being a perfect lady. She is inspiring, but due to the confines of her time she is ultimately unable to fully exert her independence. And it shows – is remembered for its exceptional heroine, but in many ways it is still thought of as a great romance. But is different. Bridget Jones wears Spanx, tries to sound more intellectually and politically inclined than she really is, drinks too much wine and dates the wrong guys before she makes it right. Her love interests may be a draw, but what makes the movie so enduring is Zellweger’s funny, off the cuff, and painfully honest character.

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    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (novel)

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    This article is about the book. For the 2004 film adaptation, see Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. For the soundtrack of the film, see Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (soundtrack).

    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    Author Helen Fielding

    Country United Kingdom

    Language English

    Genre Comedy novel, "Chick lit"

    Publication date 1999 novel

    Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)

    ISBN 0-670-89296-3 OCLC 43185907

    Dewey Decimal 823/.914 21

    LC Class PR6056.I4588 B76 2000

    Preceded by Followed by

    is a 1999 novel by Helen Fielding, a sequel to her popular . It chronicles Bridget Jones's adventures after she begins to suspect that her boyfriend, Mark Darcy, is falling for a rich young solicitor who works in the same firm as him, a woman called Rebecca. The comic novel follows the characteristic ups and downs of the self-proclaimed singleton's first real relationship in several years. It also involves many misunderstandings, a few work mishaps, and an adventure in Southeast Asia involving planted drugs and Madonna songs.

    In 2004 a film adaptation was released.

    Fielding has said that the first Bridget Jones story was based on the Jane Austen novel . There are parallels between and the Austen novel , in which the main character is persuaded by her friends to break off her relationship with her "true love". Again, Fielding borrows a name from Austen, this time a Giles Benwick, after Captain Benwick. She also reworks several scenes in : for example, Rebecca, Bridget's rival for Mark's affection, dives into a shallow river and hurts her foot, a mirror of the incident in when Louisa, Anne's rival, falls on her head at Lyme. In both cases, the protagonist (Anne/Bridget) first overhears Darcy praising Rebecca/Louisa for being "resolute" - praise of the very trait that contributes to the accident. Then, when Bridget attends her goddaughter Constance's birthday party, Mark Darcy rescues her from a young male child who is determined to climb onto her back; in Persuasion, Captain Wentworth (Anne's lost love) does precisely the same thing, in the same manner, for Anne. At Bridget's mother's Book Club poetry reading, Mark overhears Bridget commenting that women remain fixated on men who have forgotten them, and is moved to write her a secret note expressing his continuing regard (which he then fails to give to her due to a mix-up). This, with a happier immediate outcome, also happens in Persuasion, when Wentworth overhears Anne making a similar observation about "women's constancy" to Captain Harville, and writes her a proposal which he gets to her by stealth. Later in the Fielding novel, when Giles and Rebecca become romantically involved, Fielding parodies Austen's description of Captain Benwick and Louisa having fallen in love over poetry, commenting that Giles and Rebecca "fell in love over self-help books".

    Much is made of Bridget's fascination with the BBC television adaptation of and Colin Firth, the actor who played Mr. Darcy. Bridget even meets Colin Firth and interviews him for a newspaper article. As a self-referential in-joke, Colin Firth plays Mark Darcy in both Bridget Jones movies.

    Tracie Bennett won an Audie Award for Comedy Best Actress for her audiobook narrations of both this and its predecessor.


    Sandra Gregory stated that the scenes involving the Thai prison probably received inspiration from her incident since Helen Fielding knew the next door neighbors of her parents and presumably would have talked to them.[1]


    ^ Gregory, Sandra (1 November 2004). "Bridget Jones stole my story". . Retrieved 4 July 2016.

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    Bridget Jones vs Pride and Prejudice

    Helen Fielding admits she "stole" Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice plot for her novel, Bridget Jones's Diary.

    Bridget Jones vs Pride and Prejudice

    Bridget Jones vs Pride and Prejudice

    Jane Austen's famous novel Pride and Prejudice may have been published 200 years ago, but it still inspires today's writers.

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