If you're an author with aspirations of seeing your work adapted for film or TV, people love to look at you like you're a sad puppy. "Oh, but movies are never as good as the book," they say. But is that really true? Happily, no.
As book lovers, we tend to be skeptical about film adaptations, but we are fans of both the thirteen books on this list and their cinematic counterparts. Read the book, then stream the movie. Netflix is a marvelous thing.
You see, despite the kids and responsibilities, not much has changed in Bridget's world. Well, okay, some things have changed. There's Twitter now, and Bridget's often hilarious foray into that social media platform is vintage Fielding.
I heard a lot of critics sniff at the inclusion of Richard Curtis' About Time in this year's New York Film Festival. The same cadre, no doubt, uses Curtis' Love, Actually as an example of what's wrong with romantic comedy.
After 14 years, a new installment of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones series is out this month, with a surprise twist: some copies mistakenly included passages from another book released the same day -- a memoir by 73-year-old British actor Sir David Jason.
Mid-Adult contains characters that range from the ages of 35 to late 40s. Yes, some might call that middle age, but I prefer Mid-Adult. Middle age sounds more dated and older than these characters, which tend to be vibrant and worldly.