'Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy' earns mixed reviews (+video)(Read article summary)
Helen Fielding's newest book following the misadventures of Bridget Jones has earned mixed reviews, with some critics finding Bridget's exploits a bit too familiar.
â€śBridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,â€ť the third book by Helen Fielding centering on London resident and diary-keeper Bridget Jones, has earned mixed reviews so far.
The novel had already drawn ire from some fans after it was revealed that Bridgetâ€™s love interest, Mark Darcy, had died several years before â€śMadâ€ť began and that Bridget is now a widow.
New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin began her review with the statement, â€śBridget Jones, R.I.P.â€ť and called Fieldingâ€™s series â€śonce-lovable.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re not dead yet, but you might as well be,â€ť Maslin wrote of Bridget. â€śThe only conceivable reason to read about [Bridget] is that old habits die hard.â€ť
Washington Post writer Jen Chaney was also not enamored with Fieldingâ€™s new book.
â€śWhile parenthood and profound loss may have forced Bridget to grow up in some ways, she hasnâ€™t grown up much,â€ť Chaney wrote. â€śAnd thatâ€™s one of this novelâ€™s key problemsâ€¦. Despite the addition of children, this seems like a Bridget Jones story weâ€™ve already read, two times before, and that, for all its references to tweeting and texting, seems out of touch with the current moment.â€ť
USA Today reviewer Martha T. Moore found Fieldingâ€™s first novel about Bridget to be fun but pointed out that in the years since â€śDiaryâ€ť came out, chick lit has covered a lot of the plot points now used in â€śMad.â€ťÂ
Moore also found Bridget herself lacking in the newest installment.
â€śThe sharp, fresh eye that Fielding brought to the first two "Diaries" must be sleep-deprived,â€ť she wrote. â€śBridget's moxie is MIA....There's a very likable, frazzled, fragile woman who narrates this enjoyable book and she will make you smile. But she's not our Bridge.â€ťÂ
However, Guardian writer Stephanie Merritt found â€śMadâ€ť enjoyable and said she found the death of Mark Darcy to be â€śa brilliant solution to the obvious problem of a third book.â€ť
â€śBridget chronicles all this in her own inimitable voice,â€ť Merritt wrote of the book. â€śShe is supposed to be ridiculous and often infuriating. But she is also very human, with all her insecurities, and if you don't shed a few tears in the course of this book, you must have a heart of ice.â€ť
However, like Moore, Merritt said chick lit has made many plot points pretty familiar to readers.
â€śIt's hard not to feel that Fielding is hampered by her own legacy,â€ť she wrote.
Fieldingâ€™s first book about Bridget, â€śBridget Jonesâ€™s Diary,â€ť came out in 1996 and the second, â€śBridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,â€ť followed in 1998. The first two books were adapted into movies starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant which were released in 2001 and 2004, respectively.