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Living In: Bridget Jones’s Diary

by Maxwell Tielman

In the world of 2013, nearly everyone’s personal information is available for all to see. Whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter or a blog, it’s become common practice to air out your deepest thoughts and dirtiest laundry for the world’s viewing pleasure. It might seem hard to believe that this was not always the case. Long before blogs and social networks reigned supreme, people collected their thoughts and secrets not on pixelated forums but in paper diaries and planners. Today, the clothbound diary seems almost as quaint as the typewriter or the rotary telephone. Still, there are some who choose to rely on its tried-and-true privacy, reliability and efficacy. Indeed, even in a time populated with magical touchscreens and mind-blowing apps, nothing really comes close to the intimacy of the paper journal, an object that allows you to draw, dream and dish to the only audience member that really matters: yourself. To honor the long-lost and sorely needed art of diary keeping, we’re highlighting one of our favorite fictional diarists — the bold, brash and delightfully uncensored Bridget Jones.

The creation of British novelist Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones first made her way into people’s homes in a weekly newspaper column — a fictional chronicle of a single 30-something woman struggling to strike the right balance in life and love. Bridget’s unabashedly honest diary entries included not just glimpses into her daily life but an ongoing record of her weight, alcohol intake and cigarette consumption. For people who were at a similar point in their lives, Bridget’s humorous trials and tribulations were both welcome and familiar. Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary column soon garnered enough attention to warrant a book. Loosely based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Bridget Jones’s Diary followed Bridget as she juggled work, life and the advances of the devilish Daniel Cleaver and the dreamy Mark Darcy. The book was given the Hollywood treatment in 2001 with a film starring Renée Zellweger as the clumsy blonde Bridget. With a performance that received not just critical accolades but an Academy Award nomination, Zellweger proved that the handy-dandy diary is always the best fashion accessory. — Max

1. Moleskine 2013 Diary, $16.95 | 2. Shot Glasses, $15.87/pack of 12 | 3. Mini-Gherkins, $10.90 | 4. Red Chaise Settee, $431.99 | 5. Fatal Attraction DVD, $6.97 | 6. The Essential Chaka Khan, $13.94 | 7. Heart Necklace, $50 | 8. Starburst Mirror, $439

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Film: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Year: 2001

Starring: Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant

Director: Sharon Maguire

Set Decorator: Shirley Lixenberg

Costume Design: Rachael Fleming

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