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Dear Helen Fielding,

I am writing to you this letter in order to point out an important flaw in the Bridget Jones series.

First of all, I must say that I admire your sense of humour and that I am a big fan of Bridget, the character, just as any other insecure, single, lunatic girl.

Bridget is everything us, goofy women, hate about ourselves. She says everything that crosses her mind, creating awkward moments, she has no ambition to lose weight, give up smoking or drinking, has no self esteem, she is far from being a genius or a model and she can’t cook. She is… inappropriate for this world!

That is why, Daniel Cleaver is a realistic, appropriate character. He’s exactly the kind of guy us, bridgets, fall for. He’s the “bad guy” we know we’ll never have (and we’re not losing much, really, when we’re lucid – rarely I mean – we know he’s an ass!). And he knows that too: that we want him and that we’d never be enough for him. So, in order to feel like a Casanova, Daniel doesn’t aim very high and charms Bridget. With his looks and her low self esteem, the match is perfect: she’d forgive him anything and never leave him; he’d never love her for who she is, but appreciate her devotion. And Mr. Too Good To Be True turns out to be Mr. Too Bad To Be True because a person who doesn’t care enough makes you feel even more insignificant that you felt in the first place, when you first met him.

Which brings me to my point: Mark Darcy is unrealistic. I mean that good-looking, funny, smart, warm, but disciplined guys like him really exist. Only they would never love a bridget. They might fall for one and might find her goofy behavior fascinating for a while, but a real Mark Darcy would get exhausted… And I don’t mean exhausted in a sweet way, but in a bad, “i’m-sick-of-this” way.

Marks are attracted to bridgets because they’re funny, sweet and silly, but on the long run, they’re too much of a handful for them. Realistically, marks have happy ends with natashas. Those girls have more self control, are prettier and smarter and, most of all, they like themselves better which makes everyone else around them more indulgent.

In the real world, Bridget would get dumped by Mark after he realized she has one too many issues, or would dump him for an arsehole like Daniel not seeing the potential in Mark. Good things don’t happen to us, bridgets.

In conclusion, I would like to kindly ask you to give Bridget Jones and all the bridgets out there a sad ending. We need that in order to stop hoping for marks to show up when we least expect it (but in fact waiting for that to happen) and save us from our self destructing, lazy and depressed selves. I beg you to make Bridget Jones suffer so that we can make peace with ourselves and move the hell on with our sad lonely lives. Thank you for reading this letter.

Yours truly,

andressa

ps: Loved “Bridget Jones’s Guide to Life”, I found it funny and (sadly) very useful! 🙂

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    Un tip
    26/12/2007 at 6:18 PM

    Sorry to hear (read, in fact) you feel that way, and again, sorry for brutally stepping into a private conversation between you and Mrs. Fielding.

    But all in all – and I am not trying to suck up to you – maybe you, bridgets feel no good thing ever happens to you, but I assure you that you are the best thing ever to happen to us, men. Even to Marks, though they may not always realize it.

    Best wishes,

    (unfortunately not) yours,

    Some guy

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    andressa
    26/12/2007 at 6:20 PM

    Don’t take it so dramatically, really.
    I had fun writing this letter, I hope people have fun reading it.

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    Un tip
    26/12/2007 at 6:36 PM

    Come to think of it, here I am, a GUY expressing opinions on a post discussing the issue of the character of a (you’ll have to admit it) rather feminine book. If that wasn’t enough, a GIRL thinks my opinion is too pathetic 😀 Now now… isn’t THIS something I should take dramatically ?

    Had fun reading the letter too 😀

    From now on, I promise only to make comments on posts addressing such issues as tobacco, naked chicks, football, p0rn, and other stuff that is considered to be typically masculine. Then wait to see dramatically expressed opinions 😀

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    Silvia
    27/12/2007 at 1:08 PM

    I agree with you completely.

    I’m no Natasha either, although I know a few who are…:))

    Happy New F Year! lol 😛

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    stingo
    27/12/2007 at 7:53 PM

    You should address this letter to Jane Austen. “Bridget Jones’s Diary” is a modern parallel to Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” Even Mr Darcy has the same (sur)name in both novels.

    Nevertheless, I believe that Darcys are out there and that they can be attracted to the Bridgets of this world. The trick is… not to exhaust them with your bridgetness.

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    Sir Alex Ice
    28/12/2007 at 12:02 AM

    In case you didn’t notice you are too good looking to qualify as a Bridget. So it doesn’t really apply to you.
    One thing you got right though: the number of nice guys worth keeping around is seriously decreasing. And I should know, I used to be one. Now I’m just doing my best to become the embodiment of Daniel Cleaver.
    With some limited success at this time, but definitely improving.

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    Alex
    28/12/2007 at 2:28 AM

    almost every guy is Daniel Cleaver, to a certain degree, and almost every guy is Mark Darcy, to another certain degree…rarely, you’ll find one just like Daniel Cleaver or one just like Mark Darcy…and if you can’t find any nice guy, there’s always the matrimonial section in the papers 😀

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    Paula
    28/12/2007 at 4:50 AM

    Finding a handsome guy that is smart and charming is as hard as finding a pretty girl with brains. We are equal here.

    Speaking of bridgets…honestly I don’t like them. What’s to like after all? Bridgets should change. This what they should do…yah! 🙂

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    Sorin
    28/12/2007 at 1:04 PM

    Do you consider yourself a bridget, andressa? Now, really..

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    runbaby
    29/12/2007 at 11:36 AM

    Being a bridget is not about how one (girl) looks, but about how she feels about herself. Bridget c’est moi has probably been said far more often than the initial line with Madame Bovary. But I believe in marks, I found one :). So keep looking, Andressa!

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    Darius
    30/12/2007 at 12:05 AM

    Şi comentariul în română, nelalocul lui.

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    Diana
    04/01/2008 at 11:25 PM

    well… yr right.. is totally unrealistic, the mark passage.. it never happens plus it makes us believe that there is always somewere somehow some perfect guy just waiting for us.. that would fall madly and deeply in love with us, but on the other hand.. if the story doesnt give us hope.. and all the brigets out there stop hoping? that’s bad too … there would be a see of sadness… even worse than having this bridget character find her perfect guy and makes us hope for the best.
    anyway.. great letter .. good luck with it 😀

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    Bebelusha
    05/01/2008 at 6:52 PM

    Ai dreptate. In realitate foarte putini “Darcy” se indragostesc si traiesc ferciti pana la adanci batraneti cu ale lor dragi “Bridget”. La fel si Ally Mc Beal…desi sunt funny amandoua nu sunt deloc educative, in loc sa se prezinte un model bun de urmat (nu perfect dar destul de bun) scriitorii si regizorii ne bombardeaza cu imagini despre femei trecute de 30 de ani, singura care sunt depresive, alcoolice, etc etc. Toate astea vor sa spuna: fetelor nu sunteti singure, si intr-adevar era ok un film sau o carte de genul asta asa macar de schimbare de gen dar asta a fost ultima moda. S-a creeat antonimul eroului atotputernic si imaginea asta incepe sa fie agasanta.

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