#BookReview Bridget Jones's Baby The Diaries by Helen Fielding


8.45 P.M. Realise there have been so many times in my life when have fantasised about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time.

Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question – who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable fuckwit?

9.45 P.M. It’s like they’re two halves of the perfect man, who’ll spend the rest of their lives each wanting to outdo the other one. And now it’s all enacting itself in my stomach.

In this gloriously funny, touching story of baby-deadline panic, maternal bliss, and social, professional, technological, culinary and childbirth chaos, Bridget Jones – global phenomenon and the world’s favourite Singleton – is back with a bump


I am a huge Bridget Jones fan!

I have read every Bridget Jones book and watched every film. 
Helen Fielding has created a character that is relatable, funny and hugely popular. 

Like many readers I enjoyed the books more than I did the film. That is not to belittle the hugely popular films or the brilliant actors; I just enjoyed the books more. When I read Mad About the Boy, I cried and laughed and felt a sense of closure for Bridget and her life. It was a gorgeous read and I loved every page. 
I remember hearing the news that there would be another Bridget Jones film and was intrigued to see how the story would be told. In case you haven’t read the book, I really can’t say much, but for those of you have, you will understand why I was intrigued. 

As time passed we all learnt that the film was not to follow the story in the last book; and I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed. 
I won’t go into the whole reasons why as this really is a book review and not a film review! 

Begrudgingly I went and ordered the new book; Bridget Jones’s Baby Diary. It just did not sit easy with me that I was buying a book because of a film, but as a fan of Helen Fielding and Bridget Jones I did. 

What was I expecting from this book?  I was expecting this book to be written to the usual high standard I have come to expect from Helen Fielding; for the characters to jump out of the pages to me, and take me into their lives, and to feel connected to Bridget and her life.  

What did I get? Well, this is when it gets hard to write. I did not get much from it all.  The first thing I thought was, wow, what a small book! Not to give too much away it was a bit of a mixed bag.  Written in the usual style of diary entries and with the same wit and humour I still found it lacking.  

So what was it lacking? Basically, you knew exactly what was going to happen, who was going to be the dad and as such I found it difficult to truly engage with it. 
It left me feeling sad that this book hadn’t met the high standards I had come to expect. Truth be told, I did not think this book needed to be done.  
The cynic in me thought it was to make money from the film; and I am inclined to continue with that thought. 

On a more positive noteI went to see the film and I loved it!  
Yes, it differed from the Bridget Jones’s Diaries and I am so glad of it. 
 I started this review saying the books have always been better. I’m ending this with review with saying that (for me) the film was better than the book. 


★  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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