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Austen Spinoffs: Bridget Jones' Diary
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Bridget Jone's Diary is loosely based on Pride and Prejudice, and she knows it, too. Her main romantic interest (whether she likes it or not) is Mark Darcy, who she comments about being named Mr. Darcy, and just as awful as he is. The story moves along much like in the novel. We recognize all this because we know where the story comes from. And so we know roughly where it must go. The woman is drawn to the conversationally adept charmer (Wickham/Daniel), but has to learn that he is a jerk, and discover instead the deeper virtues of his foe. And they are foes: Wickham tried to seduce Mr Darcy's sister; Daniel slept with Mark Darcy's wife. When Mark Darcy steps in to avert family catastrophe, he is heading for roughly the same reward as Austen's Mr Darcy. But Bridget deserves her Mr Darcy. What Fielding most cunningly swipes from Austen is the idea that the proud, superior man whom every girl would like to nab is only interested in the young woman who fails to flatter him. They end happily, and all is well! Overall, I really loved the Bridget's Jones movie and series--even though it wasn't a perfect retelling, it was a lively, fun adaptation that makes the story interesting for readers once again.
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