Bridget Jones' Author Reveals Why Being Single Is Empowering In Today's Society
When Bridget Jones' Diary (the book) was first released in 1996, it was all about trying to find a man. That a woman's aim in life should be to settle down and find their own Mr Darcy. Although Bridget had a good career, it was clear that she needed some acceptance from men (and a few glasses of Chardonnay) to help her out.
Helen Fielding, the author, reveals that this stereotype was created by society at the time who branded them as the infamous 'singletons'. Bridget informs the readers that being single during your 30s was the worst possible situation you could ever be in:
Tom has a theory that homosexuals and single women in their thirties have natural bonding: both being accustomed to disappointing their parents and being treated as freaks by society.
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But the new film Bridget Jones' Baby shows a completely different side to Bridget. She no longer needs a man to function and is instead doing perfectly well on her own with the help of her crazy friends. If you've watched the trailer you'll know that Mr Darcy and her are no longer together, she's a successful news producer, and bad-boy Daniel Cleaver is off the radar.
(OK, so *spoilers* she does end up pregnant and you do need a man for that, or some high tech science-y stuff.)
But, on the whole, does this mean our Bridget Jones is now an independent woman who don't-need-no-man?
Fielding, according to Stylist, when speaking at the world premiere of the film, explained that when she created her character in 1995 it was, "genuinely slightly embarrassing to be single in your 30s." But this is no longer the case; society is more accepting and women are creating a life for themselves, one that doesn't involve chasing a man. Which, if you ask us, it's about time.
However, life isn't always rosy and with every obstacle we overcome there is another in our paths. Fielding explains that, although society is moving forward, it is proving harder to be yourself.
Why? Well, it's all down to social media.
The kids now post on Instagram, but they are not posting their worst day or their fattest day, they are posting their most beautiful touched up day and everyone is feeling a bit bad about themselves. It's brutal if the Snapchat is of someone who has just dumped you with someone else, which happens all the time.
But with the release of the new film, our favourite and most relatable character will be back on screen to tell us it's okay if life goes wrong, you just need your friends and really big pair of pants to support you along the way.
"Dear Diary, must make choice: #TeamJack or #TeamDarcy?" #BridgetJonesBaby Get tix: https://t.co/Ra7H3BSm2l pic.twitter.com/0Tl56Wq1mR
- #BridgetJonesBaby (@Bridget_Jones) 2 September 2016
Bridget Jones' Baby is set for UK release September 16th.
Written by Eve MacDonald
Feature Image Credit: Studio Canal Working Title Films