This year marks the 20th anniversary of
Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, meaning perennial thirty-something Bridget would be 52 this year.
In celebration of our favourite pissed, chain-smoking, Londoner we asked some of our favourite authors what they thought Bridget would be like in 2016.
Lisa Owens, author of Not Working
'It isn’t hard to imagine Bridget Jones today, scrolling through clean eating Instagram feeds while devouring a bar of Green & Black’s. In our aggressively-filtered, perfection-obsessed culture, Bridget would fall inevitably, hilariously short - and make the rest of us feel better about doing the same.'
Start reading Not Working
Kate Eberlen, author of Miss You
'One of the many wonderfully identifiable things about Bridget Jones is that she, like many of us, is obsessed with popular culture while knowing she should really be focussing on more serious issues. So, if she could ever get off Twitter (which I doubt), I’d love to see her participating in Masterchef
– has anyone ever offered Greg and John blue soup? – or even The Great British Sewing Bee
, maybe fashioning a burlesque costume from some of her mother’s old scatter cushions?'
Start reading Miss You
Anna Raverat, author of Lover
'Nowadays I see Bridget as a kind of big sister figure, and what I’d like her advice on is: Big knickers: can they ever be sexy? Face lifts: not as bad as Botox, right? And, was it wrong to shag the builder?'
Start reading Lover
Jonathan Harvey, author of The History of Us
'When I first read Bridget Jones I saw much of myself and my friends in her. I like to think I have completely matured now and am nothing like that. But it’s impossible to lie. Me and my friends still drink a bit too much wine, put our feet in it a bit too much, sing along loudly to the same songs we did all those years ago. We might be more grown up, certainly a lot fatter (but we might still be able to get away with that top we got in Hyper Hyper in the 90s if we just breathe in ENOUGH), and we might have more responsibilities now. But our subtext is always.. are we really good enough. Shit. Did I say too much?'
Start reading The History of Us
Caitlin Moran, author of How To Be a Woman
'Bridget is a palpable, living thing. You see her everywhere – in bars; panicking in changing rooms; struggling with a dull career; staring at the calorie-count on the back of ready-meals in M&S; trying to readThe Beauty Myth on the Tube, but wishing it was Grazia; counselling weeping friends; falling over; snatching drinks off tables on the way out, and just trying to find some fun – some glorious, hooting fun – in this busy, mad, unhappy, racing world.'
Read Caitlin Moran's introduction to the 20th anniversary Picador Classic edition of Bridget Jones’s Diary at the Picador blog.
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