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[[quoteright:214:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BridgetJonesDiaryBookCover_3210.jpg]] Domestic and RomanticComedy series by British author Helen Fielding. ''Bridget Jones' Diary'' began as a newspaper column in The Independent in 1995, and ran on-and-off until 2006. Its earlier years were eventually collected / rewritten into two novels, one self-titled and the other subtitled ''The Edge Of Reason''. Both were eventually made into films starring Creator/ReneeZellweger in the title role. They focus primarily on Bridget's existence as a single, unwed thirty-something who is somewhat prone to exaggeration. She perceives herself as [[FatGirl overweight]], [[ChristmasCake over-aged]], dependent on self-help books, alcohol and cigarettes, and generally hopeless, the type who must fight "fears of dying alone and being found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian." Nonetheless, she attempts to persevere as a self-assured, satisfied "Singleton" despite being increasingly surrounded by "Smug Marrieds" who seem to have turned ThisLoserIsYou into an artform. Naturally, this is all PlayedForLaughs, but the character's unexpected popularity made it clear that a lot of people could relate. Both novels are based loosely on JaneAusten works: the first on ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', and the second on ''{{Persuasion}}''. The former's influence is very direct, with Bridget as Elizabeth, publisher Daniel Cleaver as Wickham and barrister (for us Yanks, that's "lawyer") Mark Darcy as, get this, Mr. Darcy. Mark is particularly influenced by ColinFirth's portrayal of the role in the BBC's '95 film adaptation, particularly his WetSariScene which Bridget, Shazzer and Jude frequently replay on tape. This created all-new levels of fangirl-swooning when Firth agreed to reprise(?) his role as Darcy for the ''Bridget Jones' films. (It also created all-new levels of CelebrityParadox for the second film, in which Bridget, the character, conducts a newspaper interview with Colin Firth, the actor.) Meanwhile, an actor friend of Fielding's, Creator/HughGrant, was cast as Cleaver. A third Bridget Jones film is currently in development, adapted from the storyline in the 2005-2006 columns, where Bridget [[spoiler: finds herself pregnant after sleeping with Daniel and Mark in quick succession and [[WhosYourDaddy is uncertain as to who the father is]]]]. A [[http://www.digitalspy.com.au/showbiz/news/a456577/bridget-jones-new-book-announced-by-helen-fielding.html third novel]] is now in the works too and due to be published in late 2013. ---- !!Tropes used in the various Bridget Jones media: * ActorAllusion: Firth vs. Darcy. Also Bridget's boss, when she gets a news reporter job was played by Neil Pearson, who's portrayal is exactly the same as his role of Dave in DropTheDeadDonkey. * AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Jaundiced Julian", and "Tangerine-tinted buffoon." * AloneAmongTheCouples: The only thing worse than a smug married couple is... lots of smug married couples: Hugo and Jane, Cosmo and pregnant Woney, Alistair and Henrietta, Julia and Michael, Joanne and Paul, and Natasha Glenville dating Mark Darcy. * AlphaBitch: A mid-thirties version in Rebecca. ** Natasha was this in the first film. Rebecca's character was [[TookALevelInKindness re-]][[LipstickLesbian tooled]] and replaced with Janey Osbourne in the second film. * AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: a major subplot of the first book is Bridget's mum going on a midlife crisis, which only exacerbates her already-outrageous personality. * AsHimself: -->'''Bridget:''' Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the launch of ''Kafka's Motorbike'', The Greatest Book of Our Time! ''[beat]'' Obviously except for your books, [[ImStandingRightHere Mr. Rushdie]], which are also very good. And Lord Archer, yours [[DamnedByFaintPraise aren't bad either]]." ** In the second book, Bridget interviews Colin Firth. Fielding actually interviewed Firth, and put his answers into the book. * ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "...and I think you should ''rethink the length of your sideburns.''" * BeYourself: Mark likes Bridget "just as she is". * BettyAndVeronica: Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver, respectively. ** Bridget and Natasha/Rebecca Gillies (book version) can also count as this, respectively. * BigNo: in the movie. When Bridget learns that Mark Darcy is moving to New York. * BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Bridget is hired as the British equivalent of this when she leaves to work for ''Sit Up Britain''. ** Though (in 1997 at least) she's actually a Labour voter. (Though, well, in 1997 nearly all floating voters were Labour at the time.) * CameraAbuse: Courtesy of Bridget's bottom. Never work with animals, kids, or fireman's poles. * TheCasanova: Daniel Cleaver. * CelebrityParadox: as mentioned, Bridget interviews Colin Firth in the second book. This was completely left out of the second movie for obvious reasons, though there is an improvised version available as an outtake on the DVD. * ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In the first novel, Bridget has an older brother, Jamie, who she speaks to on the phone occasionally and who usually attends family gatherings. He is never mentioned in the second novel or either of the movies, though her mother does mention something about having raised "children" in the scene where she tells Bridget that she's left her father so it's possible that Bridget isn't her only child. ** To a lesser extent, Bridget's previous long-term boyfriend. possibly even partner, Peter. (Though less odd than a brother.) * {{Cluster F Bomb}}: Shazzer. * CompositeCharacter: Bridget Jones' Mother takes on not only the role of Mrs. Bennet, but also... Elizabeth's sister Lydia. Meanwhile, this is inverted by dividing Wickham into two characters, one who romances Bridget and the other who absconds with Pam. * CreepyUncle: Geoffrey (the HonoraryUncle) * CuteClumsyGirl: Bridget * DoubleStandard: Dealt with frequently. * DrowningMySorrows: From the movie: "I will not be defeated by a bad man and an American stick insect. Instead, I choose vodka." * DyeingForYourArt: Zellweger gained something like two and a half stone (that's 30 pounds to Americans) for the role. (And then lost it again to do ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. And then put it back on again to do ''The Edge of Reason''. Brave girl.) * DynamicEntry: Julio. * EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: After the breakup with Daniel, there is only iced-up cheese in Bridget's fridge. * FakeBrit: There was a certain amount of outcry when it was announced that Bridget, the "quintessential" modern Englishwoman (with an Irish first name and a Welsh second name), would be played by Texan Renee Zellweger. Then the film came out and some people started to think she was secretly from Britain. (She also received an Oscar nom for the film.) * FanService: The boys fighting in the fountain. ** [[PlayBoyBunny Bunny suit]], full stop. * FeminineWomenCanCook: Not ''this'' lady, that's for sure. After dyeing the soup blue, reducing the caperberry gravy to toxic waste, and managing to ''loose'' the fresh tuna, Bridget is obliged to step aside and let Darcy save the dinner. * [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]] * FlamboyantGay: Bridget's friend Tom ([[HeyItsThatGuy played by]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Gaius Baltar]]...) * {{Flanderization}}: In the first movie, Cleaver's a [[TheCasanova womaniser]] who shows some remorse for his ways and seems to genuinely love Bridget in spite of his promiscuous nature. In the sequel he just comes across as a [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]] {{Jerkass}} who only wants to get into Bridget's pants and literally [[ItsAllAboutMe could not care less about anyone but himself]]. * HelloAttorney: Mark Darcy is a famous defense attorney who represents political refugees, and regarded as incredibly desirable by most women. Not his fiancée, alas. * HenpeckedHusband: Bridget's father, to a certain extent. * HolidayInCambodia: to Thailand, in the second book/film, complete with the drug charges. Played for drama, allowing Bridget to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] as she works to get herself free. * HollywoodPudgy: Bridget, according to the other characters. Invoked directly by Daniel: -->"I keep telling you nobody wants legs like a stick insect. They want a bottom they can park a bike in and balance a pint of beer on." * HollywoodToneDeaf: Bridget, at least in the movies. * HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Part of Mark's poor first impression. The novel also mentions bumblebee socks. * HypocriticalHumor: Cleaver's brand of humor, particularly when discussing his latest book deal, the "Worst Book Ever Written" (while standing in front of one his ads proclaiming it "The Greatest Book Of Our Time") * IceQueen: Bridget attempts this frequently, with mixed success. * INeedAFreakingDrink: When Bridget screws up her cooking, she takes a swig from a bottle of some alcohol. * IronicEcho: Mark Darcy is ''(taps nose significantly)'' still available! -->'''Bridget''': He's also ''(taps nose)'' still deranged! * ItsACostumePartyISwear: the "Tarts and Vicars" party * LethalChef * LondonTown * LoserGetsTheGirl * MidBattleTeaBreak: After crashing a birthday party, Darcy and Cleaver politely stop fighting for a moment to sing along with "Happy Birthday." * MythologyGag: Colin Firth's famous lake scene is parodied in the first film. A drunk and boorish Cleaver falls face-first into the drink, then whoops it up with Bridget as an envious Darcy looks on (clearly wishing he could join in). * NaiveEveryGirl: Guess who... * NewYearsResolution * NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted by the closeted [[spoiler:Uncle Geoffrey]]. * OfCorsetsFunny: Bridget's IconicItem is her panty girdle that only serves to embarrass her, to the point where such garments are often referred to as "Bridget Jones Knickers" in the UK. * OldFashionedRowboatDate: Two couples at the same time in the first movie. Mark and Natasha are dignified and discuss their case as they are both lawyers. Bridget and Daniel have more fun. She recites Creator/JohnKeats' poem "To the Autumn" (Daniel specifically ''forbade'' Keats), and he tries to outshout her with a dirty limerick. He then parodies the iconic "I-am-King-of-the-World" scene from ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', and unsurprisingly falls into water. He doesn't want to be the only one wet and tries to swing the boat with Bridget as well. Prim and proper Natasha is horrified ("How childish!"), but Mark looks as if he envied them. * OldMaid: What Bridget perceives herself to be. * OneHitWonder: James Callis plays one here. He retired in the mid-eighties upon discovering that one hit song was quite enough to get laid for all time. * OvenLogic * PairTheSpares: Giles & Rebecca (loosely, since Giles and Bridget were never interested in each other romantically.) * PerverseSexualLust: Bridget harbors this for the Colin-Firth version of [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy]] (as does Jude) (and Shazzer). Notably, she [[IAmNotSpock frequently refers to the actor as "Mr. Darcy" instead of by his real name]]. * PlayingAgainstType: Gemma Jones played a meek mother in ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''. Here, she's the egomaniacal expy of Mrs. Bennet. * RaceForYourLove: three times over the course of both movies; subverted twice, played straight once. * RomanticFalseLead: Julio, Bridget's mum's lover. In the second book, Rebecca. * SelectiveObliviousness: Bridget Jones's mother. Having just got out of rehab for addiction to excitement: -->"Well, I was supposed to say, 'I will not allow overconfidence to blind me to reality' and, 'Today I will recognize my faults as well as my assets.' I mean, it was completely ridiculous, darling." * SettingUpdate: JaneAusten RecycledINSPACE!! * SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan * SnakeOilSalesman: In the role of Wickham, [[spoiler:Julio]]. * SoapboxSadie: This is basically Shazzer, sans the teenage part and with a double helping of "strident feminism." * TakeAThirdOption: Bridget has two options. She can accept a permanent state of spinsterhood and... eventually be eaten by Alsatians, or NOT. Bridget chooses vodka. And Chaka Khan. * TerseTalker: appears v. freq. in the text. It ''is'' a {{diary}}, after all. * ThisLoserIsYou, though with enough overtones of CoolLoser that fans don't complain. * TitleDrop: one of the chapters in ''The Edge Of Reason'' is entitled "Persuasion." * {{Tsundere}}: Mark Darcy, funnily enough. Though Bridget [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] him over the story's course. ** Bridget, too. She's a Type A. * UncomfortableElevatorMoment * TheVicar: Rumoured (but never proven) to be gay, due to his flamboyant taste in surplices. * ViewerFriendlyInterface: when Daniel and Bridget are instant-messaging in the movie. * WeightWoe: Bridget constantly worries about her weight. ** And unless she's well below average height for a white Brit, the weights she writes down are within or only slightly over the 'healthy' range * WholePlotReference: To ''PrideAndPrejudice'' in the first, ''{{Persuasion}}'' in the second. Most characters do not correspond one-on-one; there is no Bingley and Bridget has no sisters, only an older brother who is already settled. The main thrust is the LoveTriangle and the different appeals that Bridget's two suitors have on her.\\ \\ ''The Edge Of Reason'' is a little closer, with Bridget as Anne, Mark as Captain Wentworth, Rebecca as Louisa, Giles Benwick as Captain Benwick, and the Mr. Elliot subplot essentially done away with. * WimpFight * WriteWhoYouKnow: Shazzer is based on Fielding's friend Sharon Maguire, who directed the first film. She did not play herself. * WrongGuyFirst * YouKnowWhatYouDid * YourTelevisionHatesYou: Some seriously depressive TV shows are on the night when Bridget finds out that Daniel is cheating on her. At first a woman tells a man that it's her last chance to have a child, a brutal murder scene from ''Film/FatalAttraction'', and finally, there is a documentary about wild lions. Poor Bridget! -->"The male penetrates the female and leaves. Coitus is brief and perfunctory." ----
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[[quoteright:214:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/BridgetJonesDiaryBookCover_3210.jpg]] Domestic and RomanticComedy series by British author Helen Fielding. ''Bridget Jones' Diary'' began as a newspaper column in The Independent in 1995, and ran on-and-off until 2006. Its earlier years were eventually collected / rewritten into two novels, one self-titled and the other subtitled ''The Edge Of Reason''. Both were eventually made into films starring Creator/ReneeZellweger in the title role. They focus primarily on Bridget's existence as a single, unwed thirty-something who is somewhat prone to exaggeration. She perceives herself as [[FatGirl overweight]], [[ChristmasCake over-aged]], dependent on self-help books, alcohol and cigarettes, and generally hopeless, the type who must fight "fears of dying alone and being found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian." Nonetheless, she attempts to persevere as a self-assured, satisfied "Singleton" despite being increasingly surrounded by "Smug Marrieds" who seem to have turned ThisLoserIsYou into an artform. Naturally, this is all PlayedForLaughs, but the character's unexpected popularity made it clear that a lot of people could relate. Both novels are based loosely on JaneAusten works: the first on ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', and the second on ''{{Persuasion}}''. The former's influence is very direct, with Bridget as Elizabeth, publisher Daniel Cleaver as Wickham and barrister (for us Yanks, that's "lawyer") Mark Darcy as, get this, Mr. Darcy. Mark is particularly influenced by ColinFirth's portrayal of the role in the BBC's '95 film adaptation, particularly his WetSariScene which Bridget, Shazzer and Jude frequently replay on tape. This created all-new levels of fangirl-swooning when Firth agreed to reprise(?) his role as Darcy for the ''Bridget Jones' films. (It also created all-new levels of CelebrityParadox for the second film, in which Bridget, the character, conducts a newspaper interview with Colin Firth, the actor.) Meanwhile, an actor friend of Fielding's, Creator/HughGrant, was cast as Cleaver. A third Bridget Jones film is currently in development, adapted from the storyline in the 2005-2006 columns, where Bridget [[spoiler: finds herself pregnant after sleeping with Daniel and Mark in quick succession and [[WhosYourDaddy is uncertain as to who the father is]]]]. A [[http://www.digitalspy.com.au/showbiz/news/a456577/bridget-jones-new-book-announced-by-helen-fielding.html third novel]] is now in the works too and due to be published in late 2013. ---- !!Tropes used in the various Bridget Jones media: * ActorAllusion: Firth vs. Darcy. Also Bridget's boss, when she gets a news reporter job was played by Neil Pearson, who's portrayal is exactly the same as his role of Dave in DropTheDeadDonkey. * AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Jaundiced Julian", and "Tangerine-tinted buffoon." * AloneAmongTheCouples: The only thing worse than a smug married couple is... lots of smug married couples: Hugo and Jane, Cosmo and pregnant Woney, Alistair and Henrietta, Julia and Michael, Joanne and Paul, and Natasha Glenville dating Mark Darcy. * AlphaBitch: A mid-thirties version in Rebecca. ** Natasha was this in the first film. Rebecca's character was [[TookALevelInKindness re-]][[LipstickLesbian tooled]] and replaced with Janey Osbourne in the second film. * AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: a major subplot of the first book is Bridget's mum going on a midlife crisis, which only exacerbates her already-outrageous personality. * AsHimself: -->'''Bridget:''' Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the launch of ''Kafka's Motorbike'', The Greatest Book of Our Time! ''[beat]'' Obviously except for your books, [[ImStandingRightHere Mr. Rushdie]], which are also very good. And Lord Archer, yours [[DamnedByFaintPraise aren't bad either]]." ** In the second book, Bridget interviews Colin Firth. Fielding actually interviewed Firth, and put his answers into the book. * ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "...and I think you should ''rethink the length of your sideburns.''" * BeYourself: Mark likes Bridget "just as she is". * BettyAndVeronica: Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver, respectively. ** Bridget and Natasha/Rebecca Gillies (book version) can also count as this, respectively. * BigNo: in the movie. When Bridget learns that Mark Darcy is moving to New York. * BlondeRepublicanSexKitten: Bridget is hired as the British equivalent of this when she leaves to work for ''Sit Up Britain''. ** Though (in 1997 at least) she's actually a Labour voter. (Though, well, in 1997 nearly all floating voters were Labour at the time.) * CameraAbuse: Courtesy of Bridget's bottom. Never work with animals, kids, or fireman's poles. * TheCasanova: Daniel Cleaver. * CelebrityParadox: as mentioned, Bridget interviews Colin Firth in the second book. This was completely left out of the second movie for obvious reasons, though there is an improvised version available as an outtake on the DVD. * ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: In the first novel, Bridget has an older brother, Jamie, who she speaks to on the phone occasionally and who usually attends family gatherings. He is never mentioned in the second novel or either of the movies, though her mother does mention something about having raised "children" in the scene where she tells Bridget that she's left her father so it's possible that Bridget isn't her only child. ** To a lesser extent, Bridget's previous long-term boyfriend. possibly even partner, Peter. (Though less odd than a brother.) * {{Cluster F Bomb}}: Shazzer. * CompositeCharacter: Bridget Jones' Mother takes on not only the role of Mrs. Bennet, but also... Elizabeth's sister Lydia. Meanwhile, this is inverted by dividing Wickham into two characters, one who romances Bridget and the other who absconds with Pam. * CreepyUncle: Geoffrey (the HonoraryUncle) * CuteClumsyGirl: Bridget * DoubleStandard: Dealt with frequently. * DrowningMySorrows: From the movie: "I will not be defeated by a bad man and an American stick insect. Instead, I choose vodka." * DyeingForYourArt: Zellweger gained something like two and a half stone (that's 30 pounds to Americans) for the role. (And then lost it again to do ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. And then put it back on again to do ''The Edge of Reason''. Brave girl.) * DynamicEntry: Julio. * EmptyFridgeEmptyLife: After the breakup with Daniel, there is only iced-up cheese in Bridget's fridge. * FakeBrit: There was a certain amount of outcry when it was announced that Bridget, the "quintessential" modern Englishwoman (with an Irish first name and a Welsh second name), would be played by Texan Renee Zellweger. Then the film came out and some people started to think she was secretly from Britain. (She also received an Oscar nom for the film.) * FanService: The boys fighting in the fountain. ** [[PlayBoyBunny Bunny suit]], full stop. * FeminineWomenCanCook: Not ''this'' lady, that's for sure. After dyeing the soup blue, reducing the caperberry gravy to toxic waste, and managing to ''loose'' the fresh tuna, Bridget is obliged to step aside and let Darcy save the dinner. * [[FirstGirlWins First Guy Wins]] * FlamboyantGay: Bridget's friend Tom ([[HeyItsThatGuy played by]] [[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Gaius Baltar]]...) * {{Flanderization}}: In the first movie, Cleaver's a [[TheCasanova womaniser]] who shows some remorse for his ways and seems to genuinely love Bridget in spite of his promiscuous nature. In the sequel he just comes across as a [[{{Narcissist}} narcissistic]] {{Jerkass}} who only wants to get into Bridget's pants and literally [[ItsAllAboutMe could not care less about anyone but himself]]. * HelloAttorney: Mark Darcy is a famous defense attorney who represents political refugees, and regarded as incredibly desirable by most women. Not his fiancée, alas. * HenpeckedHusband: Bridget's father, to a certain extent. * HolidayInCambodia: to Thailand, in the second book/film, complete with the drug charges. Played for drama, allowing Bridget to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]] as she works to get herself free. * HollywoodPudgy: Bridget, according to the other characters. Invoked directly by Daniel: -->"I keep telling you nobody wants legs like a stick insect. They want a bottom they can park a bike in and balance a pint of beer on." * HollywoodToneDeaf: Bridget, at least in the movies. * HomemadeSweaterFromHell: Part of Mark's poor first impression. The novel also mentions bumblebee socks. * HypocriticalHumor: Cleaver's brand of humor, particularly when discussing his latest book deal, the "Worst Book Ever Written" (while standing in front of one his ads proclaiming it "The Greatest Book Of Our Time") * IceQueen: Bridget attempts this frequently, with mixed success. * INeedAFreakingDrink: When Bridget screws up her cooking, she takes a swig from a bottle of some alcohol. * IronicEcho: Mark Darcy is ''(taps nose significantly)'' still available! -->'''Bridget''': He's also ''(taps nose)'' still deranged! * ItsACostumePartyISwear: the "Tarts and Vicars" party * LethalChef * LondonTown * LoserGetsTheGirl * MidBattleTeaBreak: After crashing a birthday party, Darcy and Cleaver politely stop fighting for a moment to sing along with "Happy Birthday." * MythologyGag: Colin Firth's famous lake scene is parodied in the first film. A drunk and boorish Cleaver falls face-first into the drink, then whoops it up with Bridget as an envious Darcy looks on (clearly wishing he could join in). * NaiveEveryGirl: Guess who... * NewYearsResolution * NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted by the closeted [[spoiler:Uncle Geoffrey]]. * OfCorsetsFunny: Bridget's IconicItem is her panty girdle that only serves to embarrass her, to the point where such garments are often referred to as "Bridget Jones Knickers" in the UK. * OldFashionedRowboatDate: Two couples at the same time in the first movie. Mark and Natasha are dignified and discuss their case as they are both lawyers. Bridget and Daniel have more fun. She recites Creator/JohnKeats' poem "To the Autumn" (Daniel specifically ''forbade'' Keats), and he tries to outshout her with a dirty limerick. He then parodies the iconic "I-am-King-of-the-World" scene from ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', and unsurprisingly falls into water. He doesn't want to be the only one wet and tries to swing the boat with Bridget as well. Prim and proper Natasha is horrified ("How childish!"), but Mark looks as if he envied them. * OldMaid: What Bridget perceives herself to be. * OneHitWonder: James Callis plays one here. He retired in the mid-eighties upon discovering that one hit song was quite enough to get laid for all time. * OvenLogic * PairTheSpares: Giles & Rebecca (loosely, since Giles and Bridget were never interested in each other romantically.) * PerverseSexualLust: Bridget harbors this for the Colin-Firth version of [[PrideAndPrejudice Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy]] (as does Jude) (and Shazzer). Notably, she [[IAmNotSpock frequently refers to the actor as "Mr. Darcy" instead of by his real name]]. * PlayingAgainstType: Gemma Jones played a meek mother in ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''. Here, she's the egomaniacal expy of Mrs. Bennet. * RaceForYourLove: three times over the course of both movies; subverted twice, played straight once. * RomanticFalseLead: Julio, Bridget's mum's lover. In the second book, Rebecca. * SelectiveObliviousness: Bridget Jones's mother. Having just got out of rehab for addiction to excitement: -->"Well, I was supposed to say, 'I will not allow overconfidence to blind me to reality' and, 'Today I will recognize my faults as well as my assets.' I mean, it was completely ridiculous, darling." * SettingUpdate: JaneAusten RecycledINSPACE!! * SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan * SnakeOilSalesman: In the role of Wickham, [[spoiler:Julio]]. * SoapboxSadie: This is basically Shazzer, sans the teenage part and with a double helping of "strident feminism." * TakeAThirdOption: Bridget has two options. She can accept a permanent state of spinsterhood and... eventually be eaten by Alsatians, or NOT. Bridget chooses vodka. And Chaka Khan. * TerseTalker: appears v. freq. in the text. It ''is'' a {{diary}}, after all. * ThisLoserIsYou, though with enough overtones of CoolLoser that fans don't complain. * TitleDrop: one of the chapters in ''The Edge Of Reason'' is entitled "Persuasion." * {{Tsundere}}: Mark Darcy, funnily enough. Though Bridget [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]] him over the story's course. ** Bridget, too. She's a Type A. * UncomfortableElevatorMoment * TheVicar: Rumoured (but never proven) to be gay, due to his flamboyant taste in surplices. * ViewerFriendlyInterface: when Daniel and Bridget are instant-messaging in the movie. * WeightWoe: Bridget constantly worries about her weight. ** And unless she's well below average height for a white Brit, the weights she writes down are within or only slightly over the 'healthy' range * WholePlotReference: To ''PrideAndPrejudice'' in the first, ''{{Persuasion}}'' in the second. Most characters do not correspond one-on-one; there is no Bingley and Bridget has no sisters, only an older brother who is already settled. The main thrust is the LoveTriangle and the different appeals that Bridget's two suitors have on her.\\ \\ ''The Edge Of Reason'' is a little closer, with Bridget as Anne, Mark as Captain Wentworth, Rebecca as Louisa, Giles Benwick as Captain Benwick, and the Mr. Elliot subplot essentially done away with. * WimpFight * WriteWhoYouKnow: Shazzer is based on Fielding's friend Sharon Maguire, who directed the first film. She did not play herself. * WrongGuyFirst * YouKnowWhatYouDid * YourTelevisionHatesYou: Some seriously depressive TV shows are on the night when Bridget finds out that Daniel is cheating on her. At first a woman tells a man that it's her last chance to have a child, a brutal murder scene from ''Film/FatalAttraction'', and finally, there is a documentary about wild lions. Poor Bridget! -->"The male penetrates the female and leaves. Coitus is brief and perfunctory." ----[[redirect:Literature/BridgetJones]]
12th Jun '13 4:45:33 PM eroock
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* DrowningMySorrows: From the movie: "I will not be defeated by a bad man and an American stick insect. Instead, I choose vodka."
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* DrowningMySorrows: From the movie: "I will not be defeated by by a bad man and an American stick insect. Instead, I choose vodka."
11th Jun '13 4:26:33 PM toongrrl1990
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* CuteClumsyGirl: Bridget

* DrowningMySorrows: From the movie: "I will not be defeated by a bad man and an American stick insect. Instead, I choose vodka."
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* DrowningMySorrows: From the movie: "I will not be defeated by by a bad man and an American stick insect. Instead, I choose vodka."

* MythologyGag: Colin Firth's famous lake scene is parodied in the first film. A drunk and boorish Cleaver falls face-first into the drink, then whoops it up with Bridget as an envious Darcy looks on (clearly wishing he could join in).
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* MythologyGag: Colin Firth's famous lake scene is parodied in the first film. A drunk and boorish Cleaver falls face-first into the drink, then whoops it up with Bridget as an envious Darcy looks on (clearly wishing he could join in).in). * NaiveEveryGirl: Guess who...
8th Jun '13 11:30:03 PM toongrrl1990
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** Bridget and Natasha/Rebecca Gillies (book version) can also count as this, respectively.
7th Jun '13 12:12:38 PM toongrrl1990
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* Natasha was this in the first film. Rebecca's character was [[TookALevelInKindness re-]][[LipstickLesbian tooled]] and replaced with Janey Osbourne in the second film.
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* ** Natasha was this in the first film. Rebecca's character was [[TookALevelInKindness re-]][[LipstickLesbian tooled]] and replaced with Janey Osbourne in the second film.
31st May '13 2:29:03 PM BibsDibs
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* MoralEventHorizon: In ''Edge of Reason'' when Cleaver sees Bridget getting arrested and just looks the other way.
31st May '13 2:24:53 PM BibsDibs
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[[DomCom Domestic]] and RomanticComedy series by British author Helen Fielding.
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Domestic [[DomCom Domestic]] and RomanticComedy series by British author Helen Fielding.
27th May '13 4:00:52 PM toongrrl1990
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*Natasha was this in the first film. Rebecca's character was [[TookALevelInKindness re-]][[LipstickLesbian tooled]] and replaced with Janey Osbourne in the second film.
21st May '13 4:59:17 PM XFllo
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* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Two couples at the same time in the first movie. Mark and Natasha are dignified and discuss their case as they are both lawyers. Bridget and Daniel have more fun. She recites Creator/JohnKeats' poem "To the Autumn" (Daniel specifically ''forbade'' Keats), and he tries to outshout her with a dirty limerick. He then parodies the iconic "I-am-King-of-the-World" scene from ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', and unsurprisingly falls into water. He doesn't want to be the only one wet and tries to swing the boat with Bridget as well. Prim and proper Natasha is horrified ("How childish!"), but Mark looks as if he envied them.
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