Ver not forgotten online dating
Fielding showed us that we can strive to be the skinniest, or the healthiest, or the one who fits in with an ultra-chic crowd – but it’s bloody difficult, and it may just be better to accept yourself as you are.
Darcy’s assertion to Bridget that she is “perfect, just the way [she is]” offers reassurance to us all.
Our society demands educational excellence, career excellence, the perfect appearance – Helen Fielding, through her writing, showed us how unachievable these expectations are, and how you can still have a happy ending even if you don’t attain all of those impossible goals.
Fielding’s Bridget Jones is spectacular – because, for so many female readers, she created someone who felt like a best friend.
There’s nothing gritty or edgy about Bridget singing ‘All By Myself’ on her own in a drunken haze in her flat, but the sentiment lives on more strongly than ever in a new generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings I would not profess myself an expert on many things – but when it comes to Bridget Jones, I know the life of the fictional character inside and out.
This is even more pertinent in 2016, considering that those of us in our twenties and thirties find it near impossible to own property, are even more financially unstable, and routinely have to move a long way from our hometowns to find work.
The problems that Bridget faced in the 1990s are amplified in this day and age – relationship problems are far more complicated because of online dating apps, people’s financial situations are absolutely abysmal because of rising rents and stagnant wages – and more and more people are suffering from depression, anxiety and loneliness.
There’s nothing gritty or edgy about Bridget singing ‘All By Myself’on her own in a drunken haze in her flat, but the sentiment lives on more strongly than ever in a new generation of twenty- and thirty-somethings.
Bridget, in times of need, doesn’t retreat to her family home – she retreats to her “London family”, as many of her problems are family-based.
For many in London now, their families are simply too far away to provide a solid support base.