” – Helen Fielding
An English novelist and screenwriter, Fielding is best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones and a sequence of novels and films beginning with the life of a thirty-something singleton in London trying to make sense of life and love.
Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999) were published in 40 countries and sold more than 15 million copies, and were followed by two award-winning films of the same name that also achieved worldwide success. In a survey conducted by The Guardian newspaper, Bridget Jones’s Diary was named as one of the ten novels that best defined the 20th century.
Born on this date in 1958, Fielding gravitated to writing at an early age and became a journalist right out of college, first working for the BBC and then as both a journalist and columnist for most of the major British newspapers before beginning her creative writing.
Bridget Jones’s Diary, which ended up being the British Book of the Year, actually began as a weekly column in the London newspaper The Independent, written much in the way that you might make entries in a journal or diary.
Fielding credits Bridget’s success to the fact that, at heart, the story is about “the gap between how we feel we are expected to be and how we actually are.” And, of course, she says her use of humor makes it even more popular. “Comedy,” she said, “tends to come out of things which are quite painful and serious.” Just reflecting life as you see it.
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