Saucy Saturday: Reason’s Edge

August 8, 2009 at 12:00 am 8 comments

112 lbs., cigarettes 2 (but at hideous cost), fantasies involving Mark Darcy/Colin Firth/Prince William bursting in saying: “In the name of God and England, release my future wife!”: constant.

Salman Rushdie loves Bridget Jones, and you know what? So do I. If Helen Fielding is good enough for the author of The Best of the Booker Prize, then darn it, she is good enough for me, even if her books are technically chick lit.

The beauty of the first book, Bridget Jones’s Diary, was that Bridget had the same problems as everyone else, only a little bit more exaggerated. Her mother’s a little nutty, her job is terrible, and she constantly feels inadequate. Also, she drinks a little too much, overindulges from time to time in a Cadbury Milk Tray or five, and thinks she could stand to lose about five pounds. Sound familiar?

In the second book, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Helen Fielding takes everything — setting, plot, everything — to the next level. Bridget’s situations get slightly more nutty, she reacts more strongly, and her mother goes further off the deep end. The above quote, actually, is from time Bridget spends in a Thai prison, as the result of  a situation that is so amazing I can’t bear to say anything more lest I spoil it for you.

Everything might get a little more intense, but Bridget takes it all in stride with the same wry, self-effacing humour that made the last book so popular. What is delightful about Bridget is that even when she gets  a little ridiculous, the reader knows that she’ll realize exactly how nuts she is within the next few pages. Her resourcefulness really comes out during this book, too, which is a nice side to the character that really didn’t get shown off in the first novel. Love a bit of character development!

Anyway, this is all by way of saying that if you must read chick lit, aim for the sky and pick up either Bridget Jones novel. So much more personable than Becky Bloomwood and a bit edgier than the rest of the genre, Bridget is definitely someone to head to the beach with or even stay home and read with a glass of wine — in a very Bridget-style manner. ;)

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  • 1. Kim  |  August 9, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Mhr. I wasn’t a fan of this one. Maybe I shouldn’t have read them back to back like that. Hmm. Or, I should have grabbed a glass of wine as you suggest. ;]

    I was wondering though, how it was legal for the author to mention Colin Firth so many times in both books without getting into trouble though. Hmm!

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  • 2. KT  |  August 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I think it’s legal because it’s not like it’s slander…it’s totally legal to mention anyone, so long as it’s not false and intentionally derogatory. Also, Colin Firth had already agreed to be in the film, so my guess is that Helen Fielding would have had the opportunity to run the use of his name by his agents, etc.

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  • 3. Kim  |  August 9, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Oh, good ole Colin Firth. =D
    I didn’t know that. Good to know that I could just casually slip Bin into my future novels. (Just kidding). =P

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  • 4. KT  |  August 9, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    In the first book you’ll note that she only references him in regards to his work; as in, Colin Firth starred in Pride and Prejudice or Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle doing a photo shoot together and dating off-screen, all things that were true. It wasn’t until the second book that Bridget could actually meet him, talk to him, create a fictional article, etc.

    How, on the other hand, W.P. Kinsella got away with making J. D. Salinger a character in Shoeless Joe without being sued is more confusing. Maybe he was sued, but libel is hard to prove (i.e., you have to prove that the defendant would lose income as a result of the printed slander) and Shoeless Joe isn’t strictly derivative, I suppose.

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  • 5. Kim  |  August 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Oh. I didn’t know those things from the first book were true. Well, the dating anyway.

    So, in other words, Bin would not be amused?

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  • 6. KT  |  August 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    Ha ha, well, Bin might not be amused if he made an appearance as your lover or something :P

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  • 7. Kim  |  August 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    OR maybe he would be because the author photograph would be smokin’. ;]

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  • 8. meditatingmummy  |  September 1, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Love Helen Fielding! What a brilliant character Bridget is. I am a huge fan of Colin Firth. Love your blog by the way. I’m currently reading ‘The Olive Sisters’ By Amanda Hampson and ‘The Angel’s Game’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon .. isn’t ‘The Hobbit’ brilliant?

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