I thought that I would kick off with this old favourite (by the way, you can put the apostrephe after or add an apostrephe and s – both are correct). I really like this novel. I know there have been complaints about the way it presents women as obsessed with getting married and I can see that, but I still think that it is a very funny novel. Bridget is an engaging heroine, Daniel Cleaver is a funny and seductive Wickham and it is inspired to have the hero have the same surname as Mr. Darcy. I also admire Helen Fielding’s skill in making the novel work as a diary, which a difficult form.
The plot is basically the same as the original Pride and Prejudice minus Mr. Collins, the sisters are replaced by Bridget’s memorable friends and Bridget falls for Daniel (Mr. Wickham) instead of Lydia.
I like the film as much as the book and again, the choice of Colin Firth to play Mark Darcy who played Mr. Darcy in the famous TV adaptation is both clever casting and a nod to what Helen Fielding did in the novel.
In short, Bridget Jones’ Diary is an amusing modern take on Pride and Prejudice and an interesting reflection on British society at the time it was written (1996).