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