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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Book) Author Helen Fielding Genre Comedy novel, Chick lit Release Date October 15, Pages Publisher Knopf Plot. Helen Fielding's Mad About the Boy, her final farewell to Bridget Jones, falls as flat Bridget Jones was the poster girl for a generation. . Cape, RRP ) is available to order from Telegraph Books at £ + £ p&p. Bridget Jones is a franchise based on a fictional character of the same name created by British In the last entry, Bridget Jones gave birth to a baby boy, fathered by Daniel Cleaver, and moved in with him. However, Mark A third book was published in October , titled Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy. The novel is set.
But the tone is all wrong. Every line feels full of effort:. Cannot have Roxster coming over when we have to nit comb everyone and wash all the pillowcases.
Surely it is not normal to be thinking of an excuse to cancel your toy boy because the entire household has got nits. Why do I keep getting myself into such a mess? This is well-trodden territory.
Since Fielding was away many other authors have stepped in. If she is about to enter the fray, she had better have something original to say. You feel the weight of that worry as Fielding takes the staples of modern life — remote controls, tweeting, texting, online dating — and strains to make anything of them.
There was humour and sharp observation on every page.
The first moment I laughed in Mad About the Boy was on page 34, when Bridget is out with her friend Tom in a nightclub. This is the authentic Jones, grappling with an aspect of existence that defeats so many.
The joke grows from the situation, from her age and from something that has actually happened. But Fielding struggles to find this voice. There is an awful lot of moaning about Mark in sub-Mills and Boon style.
He looked like an advert. Bridget herself has become equally unreal. We are expected to believe that Bridget knows enough to know that that is a quotation from the play, yet she has misspelled it as "Hedda Gabbler" and assigned it to Anton Chekhov not Ibsen.
This makes her foolish, something she has never been.
Despite her odd decision to sideline the devilish Daniel, who makes tantalisingly brief and genuinely funny appearances, and introduce a promising new neighbour only to ignore her, she is still superb at the construction of the comic set piece.
But that moment occurs in its last third — at pages, it is not short — when a plot twist that was signalled in its section has finally unfurled. At that moment, Mad About the Boy suddenly changes. It is as if Fielding has stopped self-consciously trying to replicate the Bridget of old and allowed her to grow into the woman she really might have been at There hasn't been this much of a fuss made over the death of a character since Downton Abbey knocked off Lady Sybil in childbirth.
In both cases, you want to say, "Lighten up, people, it's a made-up person! Personally, I am not among the outraged.
I can tolerate living in a universe in which Mark Darcy has been killed by a land mine in Darfur and is no longer happily married to Bridget or present in the lives of their two young children — which, we soon learn, is what's happened in the years that have elapsed since the last volume. What's harder to tolerate is the fact that Bridget Jones has lost a good deal of her charm. In the first two books, the detailed accounts of drinking, snogging, shagging and so forth were irresistible and seemed effortless.
Bridget was messy, adorable and real. Now she's a strange hybrid — messy, yes, but sometimes embarrassing and not authentic. It's not that aging has to be grim, but it may require a new form for it to be funny.
Then at a school concert shortly after that, he nears Bridget and touches her hair, but she rejects him in horror, thinking that he is married.
The truth is that he isn't and he seems to be just the man Bridget was looking for even though he didn't appear to be at first.
Best part of story, including ending: I enjoyed this book because it had a good mix of emotion and humor. Best scene in story: During her first date with Roxster, Bridget tweets about what is happening to her followers.
When Roxster tells her 'No tweeting', she replies that she hasn't been, only for him to inform her that he has been reading her tweets throughout the date.
This scene is funny and entertaining, true to the Bridget Jones character. Opinion about the main character: Bridget Jones is a funny character who encounters situations to which single women and those in relationships can relate. However, at times she can come across a bit too neurotic or childish, which at times doesn't seem to fit with her being older in this novel.
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