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Friday, June 25, 2010

GIVEAWAY: Bridget Jones Pack

Bridget Jones's Diary
In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year's resolution--the quest for the right man. Alas, here Bridget goes severely off course when she has an affair with her charming cad of a boss. But who would be without their e-mail flirtation focused on a short black skirt? The boss even contends that it is so short as to be nonexistent.
At the beginning of Helen Fielding's exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into--a suburban fest full of "Smug Marrieds" professing concern for her and her fellow "Singletons"--she'll have made a good start. As far as she's concerned, "We wouldn't rush up to them and roar, 'How's your marriage going? Still having sex?'"
This is only the first of many disgraces Bridget will suffer in her year of performance anxiety (at work and at play, though less often in bed) and living through other people's "emotional fuckwittage." Her twin-set-wearing suburban mother, for instance, suddenly becomes a chat-show hostess and unrepentant adulteress, while our heroine herself spends half the time overdosing on Chardonnay and feeling like "a tragic freak." Bridget Jones : The Edge of Reason

Fans of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary will recall that at the end of that sly and funny version of Pride and Prejudice, singleton heroine Bridget landed her Mr. Darcy at last--Mark Darcy, that is. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason picks up four weeks later, and already the honeymoon is over. In addition to discovering that the man of her dreams votes conservative, left-leaning Bridget is also feeling just a mite uncomfortable with the realities of sharing bed and board with another person.
But all of these problems pale to insignificance with the arrival on the scene of Rebecca, a beautiful, man-hunting arch-nemesis with "thighs like a baby giraffe" and absolutely no girlfriend code of ethics when it comes to poaching another woman's man. Fortunately, Bridget has plenty of other problems to distract her. Her mother has returned from a trip to Kenya with a young Masai in tow--to her father's consternation; her best friends Jude, Shazzer, and Tom are all trapped in dating hell themselves; her apartment is in shambles thanks to a dotty carpenter; an unreliable ex-boyfriend has just reentered her life; and now someone is sending Bridget death threats--could it be Mark Darcy? If Bridget Jones's Diary was a modern riff on Pride and Prejudice, its sequel borrows several themes and devices (not to mention a section heading) from another Austen novel, Persuasion. And as in Austen's fiction, here the journey is the destination. A happy ending for Bridget and her pals is a foregone conclusion; how they get there, however, will have you on the edge of your chair--if you haven't already fallen off of it laughing.

When Juju @ Tales of Whimsy said she had never read Austen (*gasp*) but wanted to get involved in JnJ, I was all for it, of course.  Juju had fun with Emma, but she also wanted to make sure you had fun, too, so she sent me a copy of Bridget Jones's Diary to send off to someone else!  This immediately sparked something in my memory, and after some riffling through my shelves, I found my (never-read) copy of the sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.  I of course added this to the mix, so I can now offer 1 lucky winner a Bridget Jones Prize Pack!
So if you're game for a funny, irreverant and thoroughly modern take on P&P, just fill out this form and cross your fingers. :)
Ends July 5th (we're nearing the end of the month, after all); open to US and CAN residents.
Everybody go thank Juju!


  1. Oh my gosh, seriously ... I had NO idea there were Bridget Jones novels!!!!

    I saw the first movie and completely loved it, been wanting to see the second one.

  2. I LOVE Bridget Jones! I have both of the book and and enjoyed it utterly!Thanks so much for reminding me about this.Now I think i have to re-read this when JiJ still on the track!Oh, and good luck to all entrants.You going to love the book!

  3. What fun! Filling out the easy form and crossing fingers!

  4. PS Have I told you lately that you rock? ;)

  5. I remember reading these books. I have to admit i rather like the first better than the second. Some parts in the second made me cringe.

  6. I saw one movie and laughed my head off. Would love to read these. I entered. Yahoo

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  7. I saw the movies and I loved them. Would love to tread the books. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com


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