Bridget Jones is a chain-smoker and a heavy drinker. She’s messy, overweight, and even more awful, single. Clumsy Bridget spends her days downing drinks with her wild single pals and cruising the workplace in her short skirt.
The diary of a single British woman in modern times is opened in Helen Fielding’s novel, which opens the reader into a world where everyone seems to be looking for “Mr. Right” in a world of “emotional fuckwittages”.
Elizabeth Bennet, the young protagonist in Jane Austen’s most famous book Pride and Prejudice, is anything but modest. She is one of six daughters who are polite, urbane, charitable and educated to such a degree that they would never compromise themselves in public as Bridget does.
Bridget Jones’s Diary is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern times. Set during a different era, the 1996 novel about Bridget Jones alludes to the original in various ways.
The 2004 adaptation of Bridget Jones’s Diary was quickly recognized as a contemporary retelling of the classic tale. The narrative of a thirty-year-old Bridget Jones attempting to find love has many parallels to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It makes numerous allusions to the original text and its characters.
The first similarity between the two novels is their plots. They are both love stories about young ladies who must discover a companion. Despite the fact that they take place in different time periods, the heroines are under pressure to find a partner. Second, both works delve into themes such as family expectations, preconceptions, and personal growth.
Finally, Bridget and Elizabeth fall in love with Darcy, a wealthy proud gentleman. Daniel Cleaver is reminiscent of Mr. Wickham from the original tale. In her desire to marry off her daughter, Bridget’s mother resembles Mrs. Bennet.
Last but not least, there’s a movie based on Fielding’s book with Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth. He is known for his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel. Both were named on the BBC list of 100 books that have had an impact on humanity.