British Soc Contemp Novels: Blog Post 1 (Bridget Jones)

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding (1996)

Blog posts due / Presentations: Monday, March 26

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Bridget Jones’s Diary. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.

For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?
  2. Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?
  3. Is it right for Bridget to be trying to date her boss all the time, or is it Daniel who is at fault? Why is she so attracted to him?
  4. Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?
  5. Discuss Mark Darcy. Does he treat Bridget properly, or is he wrong to look down on her initially? Why is he attracted to her?
  6. The novel is sometimes hostile to men, but Bridget’s father seems very kind and hurt by Bridget’s mother. Is there a reason the author makes her mother this way?
  7. Is Rebecca catty and mean, or is it maybe true as some critics say, that she is justifiably jealous of Bridget’s career and adventures? Are there times when Bridget is wrong, or fails to understand other people?
  8. Bridget and her friends regularly complain about the bias against single people. Is this criticism fair?
  9. Does the novel teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

29 thoughts on “British Soc Contemp Novels: Blog Post 1 (Bridget Jones)

  1. Kim Ji Yeon

    #1 Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?

     I think the reason why the author wrote this book as a series is to give positive possibility to many single women like Bridget by showing that single women can become more mature without marriage under presumption that Bridget will change her behavior in the next series. Even though I don’t know next contents of Bridget’s diary, I expect her to abandon smoking and begin a diet, which are what she wanted.

    As I said before, I don’t the next contents of Bridget’s diary. But, if she will become a person  she wanted in the next series, for example, a person living a healthy life ( because she has a boyfriend now!) or develping self-improvement , I think many thirties single women can feel living alone is a good opportunity to develop oneself rather than bad thing as many older people think. Living alone is not the thing that gets a lot of worries and criticism from other people if they try to overcome their shortcomings. In terms of giving positive possibility, I think writing this book as a series is good choice for these people because we can see the process of changing Bridget as time goes by.

  2. Lee Jae up

    #3 Is it right for Bridget to be trying to date her boss all the time, or is it Daniel who is at fault? Why is she so attracted to him?

    I think it is not wrong that Bridget is trying to date her boss all the time, but Daniel is wrong. Because Bridget was the kind of person who wanted to have true love. But Daniel was a flirt. He caused her a great deal of disappointment when he was caught cheating on her. But if Daniel was not a flirt, I think it is okay to love each other.
    And why is she so attracted to Daniel is at the beginning of a novel, there weren’t any men she liked besides Daniel. One of her friend Tom is a gay. He was not interested in women. And at a New Year’s party, she had a prejudice against Mark Darcy. He hurt her pride by being rich and smart. And she also thought her mother was selling daughter to a rich family.
    And she was afraid to go to the party without a partner. She has been suffering from martial problems by people around her. It appears that she wanted to free herself from these problems by making Daniel her lover.
    And she saw Daniel as a successful runner. And I think she seemed to like a bad man.

  3. JongHoon Park

    9.Does the novel teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

    I think that Bridget Jones’ Diary is dealing with the misguided perspectives on single women such as Bridget. First, Daniel treats Bridget as a toy in that he tries to get in touch with her only when he is lonely or gets into some troubles. There is even no such things deserved to be called a ‘date’ until they finally break up. In addition, it seems that Daniel easily accomplishes his purpose partly because Bridget is described as a dependent woman who needs a kind boyfriend or someone to rely on whenever bad things happen.
    Next, the surrounding people including Bridget’s mother also keep interfering with Bridget’s marriage life. They care about Bridget’s sexual life and check out if she has a boyfriend all the time. They even try to manipulate some conditions to match Bridget to Darcy without any agreement. Regarding these kinds of rudeness, Bridget is always supposed to feel terrible and there is no way to escape. I think they are immoral acts because the victim is greatly offended, and this is probably one of the lessons in the novel.

  4. Magali Le Corre

    #1 Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?

    I think that the author choose to write this book as a diary to create a really intimate atmosphere and let the readers feel close to her. Because it is written as a diary, it almost feels like we are entering that private part of our life that we do not even share with some of our closest friends. Therefore it creates a close bond with the character. I think it might be easier for the reader to relate to what the character is going through or saying. But on some occasions, because you are reading somebody’s diary, it feels like you can only rely on one character’s point of view and therefore lack of perspective.

    Moreover, I think that, considering the plot of the story, and the theme of the book, writing it as a diary was a good choice. It adds more “fun” to the story as the character should feel completely free to write down whatever comes through her mind, as it is something really personal and private. The abbreviations make it hard to read sometimes but I still enjoy the fact that she is going straight to the point when describing situations that happened and other characters.

  5. Daseul Jung

    3 Is it right for Bridget to be trying to date her boss all the time, or is it Daniel who is at fault? Why is she so attracted to him?
    I think it is right for Bridget to be trying to date her boss, Daniel. No one can say dating is wrong, but Daniel is wrong person as he is. Daniel not only does not love Bridget truly, but also has an affair with a lot of women. Because Bridget doesn’t know the fact about Daniel, she tries to date with him and loves him. If she realized the truth about him that he meets a number of women whom he just wants to sex with, not love, she would not date with him. For these reasons, I think trying to date with someone is not fault, but Daniel’s behaviors are wrong.

    The reason why she is so attracted to Daniel is he is a man. Because Bridget has low self-esteem, she might want to meet anybody who loves her. When she feels herself that she is fat and pitiful about her situation, Daniel appears and pretends to love her, so Bridget falls in love with him. I think there is no special reason that Bridget is attracted Daniel, but just timing is proper, and Bridget will love any man who can take care of her even if that person is not Daniel.

  6. HaeRi Seo

    #1. Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?

    I think the author, Helen Fielding, wrote the book, “Bridget Jone’s Diary” as a series of diary entries for various reasons. First, I think the book with the concept of a diary can be accepted as a more friendly way to the readers than other novels because it gives the impression of reading an actual person’s diary and gives the feeling of entering into a real person’s life. It can make the readers fall into the book more easily. Also, a diary is a kind of a narrative, so I think it can deliver the main character’s thoughts and feelings much better. We can also see some of her things she tries to keep in secret. When we see the book, Bridget always writes her goals and the things she eats before the actual writing, and this part was very interesting to me.
    I think the novel written like a diary was a good choice because it can be more intriguing to people who don’t like to read novels and also because the readers can see Bridget’s thoughts and emotions in more details. It’s interesting to see things such as the change in her thoughts, or the difference in what Bridget tried to say and what she actually said. The readers can see the whole thing, so I think a book as a diary series is a good choice.

  7. Hye jin Yoo

    1. Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?

    I think the writer wrote the book as a diary because it was easy, fun to read, and more realistic. And it was a good choice. Bridget Jones’s diary was based on pride and prejudice. Therefore there were characters that have similar characteristics and the protagonist has a prejudice on Mr. Darcy that he is arrogant and has pride too much which Elizabeth did. And the story is also similar that they have a prejudice on each other and misunderstand each other and then eventually correct misunderstands between them and falls in love with each other. However Bridget Jones’s diary was totally different to me because it was much easier to read and the form was totally different.
    In addition, it was more realistic. Even though there are bad words and swear words it shows reality well. And because it was written as a diary the procedure that Bridget is always trying to diet, fails, tries to quit smoking, fails, tries to stop drinking alcohol, and fails was entertaining and amusing. Moreover the thinking process that Bridget did when she was waiting for the call from the man she fell in love with and call to find out who called her was really cute and they made me see an English woman’s real life. It was possible because it was diary.

  8. Eunseong Yang

    4.Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?

    I first saw ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ in a movie. When I watched this movie, I thought Bridget in a movie went through the shameful situations more than in a book. If I were her, I even couldn’t go to the supermarket without a mask. Therefore, I feel sympathy for Bridget at first, but after reading the book, I changed my mind a little. In a book, there are more detail circumstances. So I could understand how Bridget lived her life. Bridget always determined herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will stop smoking or act like an elegant actress. However, she doesn’t keep her determinations each time. Bridget just wants to be Elizabeth, the main character of ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ There is a saying that ‘Heaven helps those who help themselves.’ As the saying goes, I think if she wanted to be a better woman, she should have tried harder.
    Actually, Bridget is a very common and realistic character. So she made some mistakes as other people do and just ate as much as she want. It’s not wrong, but I want to say it was wrong that she waits good luck without making any effort. Therefore, I think she gets what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much.
    While I was writing this post, a question suddenly came into my mind. ‘Do I deserve to criticize Bridget?’ I answered ‘Probably not.’ Becasuse of, I’m also living my life without any special effort. So I reflected on how I am now.

  9. Jo A Ra

    Q. Discuss Mark Darcy. Does he treat Bridget properly, or is he wrong to look down on her initially? Why is he attracted to her?
    A. I think Mark is a taciturn person and Bridget is a clumsy, but sociable person. When their first meeting, even though mark couldn’t reply to Bridget properly, it is because of his taciturn and shy character, not that he looked down on her or being rude. Actually, in my opinion, his attitudes that treat people, not only Bridget, are coherent in other scenes. I think he was flustered at sociable Bridget’s outpourings.
    As I mentioned earlier, the characters of two of them seems different at all in the novel. But, in my opinion, because of their opposite personalities, Mark became to be attracted to Bridget. In novel, mark has rational character as we can see through his job. On the other hand, we can say Bridget is emotional person. It would have been enough to Mark be fascinated to Bridget who is emotional and has a lot of personal appeal than anyone else. Moreover, he felt deeply wounded by his ex-wife and his friend Daniel. I think Mark considered Bridget a person who can heal his scar and can ease his mind.

  10. Heeran Kang

    4. Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?

    I do feel sympathy, connect and empathize with Bridget. While reading this book, I even felt like I was Bridget herself, and also one of her dearest friends. One thing that I am sure about is that no one deserves to be treated the way some mean people around Bridget do to her. I do not think that she gets what she deserves for her own bad habits such as drinking too much, or sometimes being silly, as those habits do not necessarily have negative effects on other people. It is her who often feels guilty whenever she gives herself a hall pass to get through each broken promise, but it does not relate to anyone else.
    Also, I think that Bridget should treat herself the way her friends value her. Some people are even prone to talk her down, but it seems that sometimes she takes it for granted for some reason. Maybe she thinks that she deserves to be treated like that as she is a fat, not intelligent woman. However, I find her more attractive when she is being herself in a natural way, not trying to be someone else. Thus, by any means she should not let other people look her down. Even for Daniel, he is not the right one for her because he is such a selfish person. He does not mind being rude to her and her mother, and keeps juggling her and other girls, so he breaks her heart, and then finally gets her the worst feeling—she finds out that she did not mean to Daniel as much as she thought she did. Therefore, I am so happy with the ending—how she ends up getting the right person, Mark, who knows what her true value is, and loves the way she is.

  11. Ahn Min Jeong

    9. Does the novel teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

    I think this novel teaches a lesson. It is that we, or most thirty year old women, are living like Bridget, and it is not outdated or wrong. We, or most thirty year old women, see ourselves from Bridget. Every year, she makes plan for the New Year. However, she doesn’t keep plans well. For example, she fails in diet, stop smoking and drinking. Also, she makes mistakes frequently and her surrounding people are annoying her. In addition, the man she wants does not appear to her.

    Even in these bad situations, however, she is living ‘well’. She overcomes some problems by help of other people or coincidence. For example, she dated with Daniel who she has crushed on, and she could interview with Elena by help of Mark. Also, her surrounding people treated her some food at her birthday. Many people are depressed when everything is not going well. However, Bridget, the common woman, does not be depressed. She just easily overcomes those problems drinking alcohol with her friends. I think this novel tells us that we are like Bridget, but she can overcome every problem, so you also can solve the problems.
    Lastly, but it is not related to it, I would like to inform my favorite wise saying. Amor Fati. Love your fate.

  12. Jeongseob Kim

    Q 5. Discuss Mark Darcy. Does he treat Bridget properly, or is he wrong to look down on her initially? Why is he attracted to her?

    A. I think Mark have treated very kindly , just he introverted at some point. In this book, we can see Bridget have made so many mistakes to others. For Mark, She misunderstood Mark had affair with Daniel’s ex-girlfriend (of course, Daniel lied to her, but she didn’t confirm what is fact), she made Mark stand up and while dried her hair. Mark rang doorbell twelve times, but Bridget didn’t hear it, even misunderstood to Mark keep appointment.

    But how Mark responded? He just smiled and let Bridget interview with Elena Rossini. And Mark help Bridget’s family in such tight schedule, and he go to Portugal and made a deal with Julio. Mark have done to Bridget very kindly and he was devotional.

    But his just believed Una’s introduction about Bridget, he was introverted. I think this is only fault of Mark.

  13. Kim jae-won

    1.Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?

    I think that the author wanted to inspire reality in this book. I could read this book as if I have sneak a peak at my sister’s diary in secret. Bridget’s candid thought is directly reflected in this book. This style of novel, as a series of diary entries, can show reader heroine main character’s frank feeling and emotion in order that they can sympathize with characters deep down in the heart. I believe that it was pretty good choice.
    Although it is not majestic or glorious genre, of course, it gave us trivial sympathy and made us go into ecstasy. I have seen the movie ‘Bridget jones’ Diary’ last weekend, but it could not express original novel’s Bridget directly. It proves that this type of novel can relay feeling effectively and call empathy. It was so good because the topic was not so heavy. During reading this novel, I could find myself with a smile.

  14. Utkrista Malla

    The author chose to write the book as a series of diary entries, as it allows the readers to understand Bridget’s story at an interpersonal level. Since we are only given Bridget’s account of the story, it is up to us to infer or interpret the true reality (if there even is one) of the situations. Through this way of writing we can often see things that Bridget is missing out on. This allows the writer to incorporate another level of story and humor that only comes through an overarching perspective of reading someone else’s personal account of a situation. For instance, on one occasion, Bridget tries to belittle Mark by noting that she didn’t expect someone who dresses like him to know anything about feminism, however, on another, she is caught trying to hide her feminist views as she thinks that guys find it unattractive.

    Moreover, we are used to viewing the world through only our own lens which is often distorted with biases, preconceived notions, emotions, and other flaws that come with being human. This style of storytelling enables the readers to relate to her and laugh at her flaws that we also see in ourselves. We have all promised ourselves to go to the gym regularly, and even to never drink again after a crazy night out. These elements hook the readers to the story. Therefore, I think it was a good choice to write the book as a series of diary entries.

  15. Hyun-tahk Chung

    #2 Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?

    We are always lying to ourselves. We lie to ourselves to avoid being hurt, and this kind of process is called “rationalization.” We compare ourselves to others and consider us unhappy recalling what we do not have; such as money, appearance, or relationship. In this situation, lie-rationalization- functions as the ultimate defense mechanism.

    This is the same for Bridget. Bridget is used to believing happiness is the social standards that community wants. She has tried to cook up a good reason because it is different from what society has defined, even though she has acted as she had wished. Therefore, she lied. Because a diary is the thing that written by oneself, and this story is the DIARY of Bridget Jones.

  16. Yoo Se Dong

    9. Does the novel teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

    This novel gives people a lot of lessons. First, we can see Bridget Jones makes new year resolutions but she rarely keeps that plans. In my case, I always make a lot of plans when I meet the new year. For example, Like Bridget Jones in the novel, I try to quit smoking and lose some weight. In the beginning of the year, I keep doing those plans for three or four days. But I always fail to achieve my goals in the end. So I could learn a lesson that acting is much more important than making a lot of plans.
    Next one is about recognizing myself properly. In the novel, she refuses to accept who she is and herself. Most of the people do not accept neither. But I think in the life we should know who I am and accept as it is. So that we can know other people and accept what they are like. If we do not accept who we are first, it must be difficult to understand other people. Through this novel I could learn two lessons. First one is about ‘Act as soon as we make some goals’ and second one is about ‘knowing who I am and accepting that.’

  17. JunYeong Park

    #1. Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?

    I think that the writer of “Bridget Jone’s Diary”, Helen Fielding, made an appropriate choice in selection of composition, because someone’s diary is the most private documentary which can appear personal feeling, thinking and inner side. Bridget is a character who nobody can forecast and notice internal conditions. So, a diary format is the best way to get across Bridget’s mind and let reader have sympathy to her. While I was reading this book, I really felt that she is one of my friend in the real world. So, I could completely be immersed in the book.

    Another good point is that this composition can provide entertainment for reader. For example, Bridget writes down her everyday life like diet, amount of smoking, text message, etc. However, unlike her new year plan at the beginning of the novel, broken resolutions like diet and cutting down on smoking throughout the progress of novel make reader smile. Moreover, the diary format does not allow that reader has doubt about the protagonist’s thinking. Whenever I read other novels, I curious whether the main character hides a thing or not. But words in a diary are all true, so I read this novel with a peace of mind. For these reasons, I think that the author wrote this book as a series of diary entries, and it was a good choice.

  18. 박성혜

    #2
    Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?

    Bridget did not lies. She just has a weak will and is afraid to be hurt.
    Not only her, but many others, make their new promises at the beginning of the year and early in the month. And it fails. I also decided to exercise frequently in the New Year, but I could not keep up. It is probably a lot of people who cannot make up their minds. Someone may blame giving up, but I think it is better to realize one’s weak or bad points and to commit oneself to change them.
    Also, She is an ordinary person who is afraid of being hurt by love like everyone else. When you conclude that you like someone, you feel that you want the person to like you, and eventually you give meaning to his or her every behavior. Bridget knows from experience that she is hurt if she realizes that the meaning she thought and the person’s intentions are totally different. So it is self defense that she tells herself she does not like Daniel. Probably, at the time she wrote down her diary that she did not like Daniel, she really wanted to think that she did not like him.

  19. Juna Lee

    Q. Will be they able to keep thier love forever?

    I think It’s hard to make happy ending in realistic perspective even if Bridget and Mark are in deep love. Differences of personality, life style and gap of wealth betwen them can be risk elements to keep their love in realistic perspective. For example, Bridget has high self-esteem and low self-respect, but Mark is thoughtful and careful. Bridget, and then, falls in Love with other men quickly, but Mark loves only one person. Moreover, Bridget is Indecisive, but Mark is Reasonable. Comparing Lifestyle, Bridget is a heavy smoker and heavey drinker and she doesn’t keep her resolutions, but Mark is clean and dosen’t drink and smoke. The confrontation of economic differences is much bigger. Bridget is in low -economic class and Mark is in high – economic class. In this case, we can worry about possibility Bridget can fall in love easily with other men, like Daniel. Mark also can be exhausted by attitude of Bridget’s mother who always do everything she wants. And we can imagine what Bridget’s friends, especially sharon who shows reaction emotionally, are going to be crazy when Mark argues with Bridget. Therefore, I think Mark can’t endure that situation in keeping his love with Bridget. That’s why I believe there is no possibility they love forever and this novel is too unrealistic and makes women to ‘Dream Fantasy’ on their future.

    1. Juna Lee

      This is a correction of the above my writing.

      Q. Will be Bridget and Mark able to keep thier love forever?

      I think It’s hard to make happy ending in realistic perspective even if Bridget and Mark are in deep love. Differences of personality, life style and gap of wealth betwen them can be risk elements to keep their love in realistic perspective. For example, Bridget has high self-esteem and low self-respect, but Mark is thoughtful and careful. Bridget, and then, falls in Love with other men quickly, but Mark loves only one person. Moreover, Bridget is Indecisive, but Mark is Reasonable. Comparing Lifestyle, Bridget is a heavy smoker and heavey drinker and she doesn’t keep her resolutions, but Mark is clean and dosen’t drink and smoke. The confrontation of economic differences is much bigger. Bridget is in low -economic class and Mark is in high – economic class. In this case, we can worry about possibility Bridget can fall in love easily with other men, like Daniel. Mark also can be exhausted by attitude of Bridget’s mother who always do everything she wants. And we can imagine what Bridget’s friends, especially sharon who shows reaction emotionally, are going to be crazy when Mark argues with Bridget. Therefore, I think Mark can’t endure that situation in keeping his love with Bridget. That’s why I believe there is no possibility they love forever and this novel is too unrealistic and makes women to ‘Dream Fantasy’ on their future

  20. lee ji won

    7. Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?

    When every people falls in love, they want to attract someone who they like. And also they start to fall in delusion. Like, Bridget, she falls in love with Daniel, she tried to attract Daniel. So, I think, in every day she wrote her kcal, how much she smoked and how much drink to become ideal girl who Daniel like. But, unfortunately, he didn’t love or like Bridget, because he treats Bridget badly (sometimes treats her ver
    y well.) I think she don’t want to be misery or she doesn’t think she is his ideal girl so, Bridget self-hypnosis herself, he doesn’t love or like him. When people broken their heart, some people drink, some people cry and some people stop eating and drinking. On Bridget’s case, with her broken heart, I think she stop smoking and drinking.
    And I know a heavy smoker cannot easily stop smoking, so they have to turn their interests to another, otherwise they well smoke again. So, same as Bridget. She has fantasy about love, she want to be perfect, so that she will eat better or stop drinking.When she loses the weight friends told her she’s too pale, and Daniel told her same thing. So, to attract him Bridget might think she will eat better or stop smoking.

  21. won jong eun

    1.Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?
    She is a very ordinary spinster. But she tries to be a better person, losing weight in the New Year and breaking down on daniel. But her determination is only word and no deed. I think it is similar to  most people on this point. Most people write down their New Year’s resolutions in their diaries, but they first try hard to fufill a goal and usually end in failure. In this respect, it is likely to arouse sympathy to the reader.
      Through the form of diary, writer has made the incident every day easier to read. All reader can have fun without losing interest. And I think it is the Diary that can be written down our thoughts that are hard to tell someone. Sometimes I find it giving peace of mind to write worries or secret that are hard to tell someone in my diary. So readers know Bridgette’s inner thoughts and secrets from her diary. She is sometimes weak and understandable, but seems to be frank and  attractive to her readers. So I was happy to be able to read Bridgette’s daily routines and her thoughts and feelings . In other words, it seems that the writer has had written life of the spinster Bridget interestingly.

  22. Jaeyun Park

    #4 . Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?

    I don’t feel sympathy for Bridget because of many reasons. First, she always obsesses with her weight but she doesn’t try to lessen her drinking habits every day. Almost every time when she faces hardships or tiredness, she is eager to drink or smoke. The day after that, she always writes her weight on the diary, and regrets about last night’s drinking or eating high calorie food. Also, I can’t feel sympathy for her indecisive characteristic. When she confused with Daniel’s mind, she repeated like “I like him, I don’t!” “I hate him, I love him!”. I think her attitude like this makes Bridget has lower self-esteem in the way of love. I think if she really confident in herself, she should have not obsessed with Daniel’s wrong actions that made Bridget confused. Lastly, she fell in love so quickly. When she fell in love in Daniel, Mark, or other men, she fell in love with them so quickly. I think the way she loves is like contradiction. She always wants deep,true love. But as I see her life, she just looking for a man who can fulfill her loneliness. For these reasons, I don’t feel sympathy for Bridget.

  23. Seonghee Song

    1.Why do you think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries? Was it a good choice?

    I think the author wrote the book as a series of diary entries because she can deliver a main character, Bridget Jones’s life and feelings more naturally and specifically. A novel which is written in the form of the personal diary often chronicles characters’ life. Through this novel format, readers can see how characters grow and sympathize with their feelings better. Moreover, they can easily get the protagonists’ social relationship between surroundings and what their characteristics are. In this way, I think she wrote with this format because she can describe Bridget Jones’s process of growth and emotions better.
    Next, I think the way she wrote this novel was a good choice because this book’s form is very direct and intimate. Because of that features, readers can directly catch character’s shameful thoughts that everyone has but no one wants to admit. Likewise, the person who reads this novel can feel a sense of closeness to the character. Moreover, the novel is stated in a straightforward way and it makes us to arouse sympathy. Therefore, I think it was a great choice for the author since it was possible to convey things explicitly and friendly.

  24. Yu Jeong Kim

    5.Discuss Mark Darcy. Does he treat Bridget properly, or is he wrong to look down on her initially? why is he attracted to her?

    In a first meeting that Bridget met with Mark, Bridget’s mother said Bridget that Mark is a really nice man. And her mother wanted that Bridget date with Mark.
    But she didn’t like him. Because she thought he was not funny and good person. At the scene that Bridget and Mark was talking, Bridget seemed to have spoken a lot to Mark rudely. After the meeting, he told his mother Bridget was not very good and rude. I understood him and thought like him. I felt it was appropriate for him to speak and act in the scene.
    It is difficult to explain the exact reason for falling in love. In a first meeting, He didn’t like her. But over time, He seemed to have a favorable attitude toward her, and to like more her frankness. Unlike Bridget, Mark seemed to have no fun and a taciturn personality. And he is a poor talker. Therefore, I assumed he was attracted to Bridget, a personality that was quite different from him. This is my answer to why he was attracted to her.

  25. Byung Hyun Kang

    4.Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?

    Of course I feel sympathy for Bridget. Only too look at me I always make a plan rationally for every day, week, a month, a semester but fails to achieve what I have thought of. She is just like a friend of us. A junior, senior or maybe even professors. I think some of herself that has been shown in this novel indicates some aspects of ourselves. While reading this novel I could feel the sense what kind of contents would come out next by looking at how many units she drunk or cigarettes she smoked. And I could understand that. Why? I don’t know it just looks like me.

    Bridget always gets pressure from the people around her about marriage. I would not say that this made Bridget to be called as lazy or silly but she is a human being just like me. She’s getting stress. Come to think of it if it was for me I would have avoided the people, I would have ignored the words they say. But she doesn’t. She keeps participating in the marriage party again and again. Keeps making a step for her ‘goal’. I see Jones as she just never gives up. And with just this respect I do not think she deserves to be called lazy and of course obviously she is not silly.

  26. Jung Yeon Kim

    2. Bridget often lies to herself in the entries, telling herself that she doesn’t like Daniel or that she will eat better or stop smoking. Why does she do this?

    There could be opinions that these kinds of behaviors are just justifications or rationalization. However, I disagree with this opinion. I strongly believe that this is a very national and normal way of planning that people make. Plans which are unrealistic or unlikely to be kept. I guess this kind of action is based on Bridget’s strong desire to be happier just like everyone else. The readers will remember that in times when she is super happy, she smokes less, drinks less, and eats better. Actually, these plans are kept quite often. When she is happier than before.

    Furthermore, a person who wants to avoid from reality doesn’t make any plans. Instead, they just make simple plans that they can achieve easily. They know that these kinds of unrealistic plans will eventually hurt themselves or become fetters to them. This plan will become an ultimate goal that they must keep, and this will eventually return as a fetter hurting themselves. Therefore, I don’t think that Bridget’s behaviors are just based on avoiding or laziness. Rather, It is based on courage and self-confidence.

  27. Chang Innae

    4. Do you feel sympathy for Bridget, or does she get what she deserves sometimes for being lazy or silly or having bad personal habits like drinking too much?

    In ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’, the situations that happens to Bridget makes us laugh, because we all get the idea that sometimes we are more like Bridget for not being self-controlling or having self-discipline. For example, Bridget makes some resolutions on New Year’s Day, like ‘Stop smoking’, ‘Lessen alcohol’, ‘Lose weight’ or ‘Stop flirting to Daniel Cleaver’, and the whole year of Bridget’s diary is about how she can’t keep any of the resoultions she made for herself. But the situations are tough to Bridget, like having a sexy but naughty boss, or being denied by him and so on.
    I don’t think Bridget is typically lazy or silly, because that is what other people do in real life. She sometimes drinks and eats quite a lot, but that’s because she was just stressed out with his friends, families, fellow employees and so on. Don’t you have any similiar situation like Bridget? Won’t you feel like drinking or eating a lot when you break up with your lover? Yes, self-controlling is important in many ways, but it lacks of humanity. Bridget is a person full of humanity, and we can’t imagine Bridget of lacking one of those characteristics. Therefore, I think it is not fair to say Bridget is a lowsy girl for not keeping promises to herself.

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