Bridget Jones’s Baby Film Vs Book
A few months ago now I wrote a blog post stating the books that I wanted to read throughout 2018 and I have finished one of them before I went on holiday to Rhodes.
I have been the biggest Bridget Jones fan for as long as I can remember and I also wrote a blog post to see how similar she and I really are.
I have never read the books before; I didn’t really see the need to as the films are brilliant. But I heard the third book was slightly different to how they did this in the film so I was intrigued by what happened in the book and whether or not I preferred it.
Bridget Jones’s Baby Film Vs Book
“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 f**kwit?”
The book was such a delight to read. After having a cold spell for a good 8 months of reading, this was the perfect book to read to get back into it.
It took me 3 days to read and it definitely showed how relatable Renée Zellweger acted out the films to be just like the person in the book. I could hear her saying all the lines. I’m so glad wine and knickers were mentioned just as much as the film.
“God is punishing me for being a selfish career woman and thwarting nature with contraceptive devices… didn’t you see? The street is full of pregnant woman. It’s a multifaceted portent. Soon cows will be falling from the sky; horses will be born with eight legs…”
See Bridget is just the same as always, trying to make sense of a situation, with a mum like hers though, I don’t blame her for blaming God!
It was different from the film with the fact that- SPOILER ALERT- Daniel Clever was still alive and it was out of him and Darcy so it kept the rivalry between those two alive and made it similar to the other films.
That is probably what I missed most about the films is that they changed Daniel Cleaver to someone else. I missed the men’s fight scenes (if you can really call it that- was really pathetic tbh) that appeared in the first two films; it just wasn’t the same without their bitterness towards each other!
How lucky is Bridget though, having two guys fight over her?
The book was just as funny as the film, and made me laugh out loud a few times, which was embarrassing because I was in the garden alone… and my neighbours where definitely home. They must’ve thought I was nuts.
Helen Fielder has written this book with so much entertainment and comical references that it is hard to put this book down. From the beginning, you are hooked with the characters and it’s difficult not to relate to Bridget on many levels. If I can read this in 3 days than anyone can pick this book up!
I was afraid to watch this film because after the success of the first two and the absence of Daniel Cleaver but I was so glad that I was wrong. They managed to make it just as good as the last two and inject it with the much loved witty comments and muddy shenanigans.
With the same storyline as the book, but with a different love triangle- Bridget has a one night stand at a festival with Jack- a love expert (My favourite scene is definitely when Bridget is at the festival for the first time and falls into mud. It just sounds so much like something I would do) and then soon after a night with Mark. She then realises she could be pregnant but doesn’t know who the father is.
Bridget was just as fabulous in this one as the others, even though she still hadn’t found her true love yet she was at the weight that she wanted to be-there is hope for us yet! Mark Darcy is such a gent as always and Jack also provided a new twist to the story line.
As Jack was also a gent this could have made Mark even more jealous than he was of Daniel (it’s been said) and I can definitely agree with this. Sometimes it is definitely harder to be a similar in characteristics to your competitor.
However, I did miss Daniel Cleaver but (SPOILER ALERT) it shows at then end that he could be alive, so maybe that’s leading onto another film perhaps? I am obviously just a sucker for a bad boy!
I am a huge fan of both the film and the book, although they are completely different, they still represent Bridget how I would 100% imagined her to be. That is what I love about them both.
Bridget’s character and relatability is what makes these books and films so successful. I love that you can see aspects of yourself in her.
She is extremely love-able as a character and you go on a very emotional journey with her. You feel her struggles, her sadness and the moments that make her light up. It’s like you’re going on that journey with her.
I don’t think I have decided between the two, I think they are both brilliant and entertaining. Bridget Jones has always been my go-to film if I ever need a pick me up! They never fail to bring a smile to my face. It’s definitely more time consuming to read the book; so maybe the film just out weighs it slightly-but that’s just based on my laziness.