Monday, April 18, 2016

BJHJ -- Bridget Jones's Diary 2016-style

I saw the preview for Bridget Jones's Baby the other day, which looks like a fab movie for a girl's day out -- and completely different from Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones novel, Mad About The Boy, a book I loved at first but ended up skimming so I could see how it ends.

But, the whole thing got me thinking about the original Bridget Jones's Diary and how very 1990s the whole thing is. The original blurb even mentions programming the VCR! (Hands up if you had a VCR. Two hands up if you actually learned how to program it.) And then I started thinking about how different the book and the blurb would have to be to appeal today...which brings us to today's Back Jacket Hack Job -- Bridget Jones Diary 2016 style!

Meet Bridget Jones -- a thirtysomething Singleton who is certain she'd have all the answers if she could:

  • Lose 7 pounds
  • Quit sugar
  • Develop a more interesting Instagram profile

Weight: 123 lbs. (How is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Check sodium content of Luna Bar. Also skip caramel in venti extra hot soy caramel macchiato) 
Alcohol units 4 (Excellent. Bonus points for red wine antioxidant properties.)
Minutes vaping: 121 (Poor but will give up totally tomorrow)
Facebook selfies posted: 2 (Better, but nevertheless. Facebook.)

Bridget Jones' Diary is the cringe-worthy, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, go to spin class three times a week for the cardio benefits, not only to ogle the hot (gay) instructor, form a relationship with a person that's as meaningful as the one she has with her phone, and catch up on her Hulu queue once and for all.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 272 followers on Instagram, but gains 274. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you'll find yourself tweeting, "Bridget Jones is me!"


Kimberly G. Giarratano said...

OMG, Brenda! This is genius. BJD is one of my most favorite books of all time! I've read it 20 times. This 2016 update is so clever.

Carrie Beckort said...

Love it!

Mary Fan said...

Ahahhahahaha that's great!!! Also, is it weird that I actually want to read this Millennial Bridget Jones? LOL

Brenda St John Brown said...

I ADORED BJD when it came out, although I was disappointed with the latest one. Did you read it? Would love to know what you thought!

Brenda St John Brown said...

I don't think a Millennial BJD would actually sell...maybe too chick lit for today? But at the time, it was so new and different, it was fab!

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