Bridget Jones Baby review

Image result for bridget jones baby Vs Image result for bridget jones baby book

I love the Bridget Jones films have every single one. Upon discovering that Bridget Jones Baby was going to be released one naturally jumped for joy for seeing  a modern women tell things how it was and her constant struggle between two men Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver. I have loved the chemistry between all three of these characters and the relationships shared but once finding out that Hugh Grant was not going to be in the film, was a major blow to the films credit ability as being based on the books. In comparison to the book the only thing that seems to of have remained the same Bridget forever family reminders of her to get the baby factory going and longing to be with Mark Darcy. Even though something always seems to fuck it whether it insecurity paranoia or plan and simple bad luck. The other  thing is that runs in both is that there are two dads in the book Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver, in the film some festival guy can’t really remember his name and Mark Darcy.

Comedy element

Film has funny moments of Bridget falling into mud whilst at festival, trying to find out about festival guys sperm levels in an live air interview and getting to the hospital without Mark Darcy collapsing.

Book has numerous endless funny moments when Daniel Cleaver takes Bridget to a fish restaurant before revealing that she is up the duff and then throws up all over Cleavers car. Bridget’s homemade muffins that contain glass which seems to got both men sitting down together. It was the funny moments like these that the film lacked  but again this comes down to not having Hugh Grant to have that chemistry we have seen in the other films. I have not even finished the book and am more impressed at the book than the film.

Romance element

As we Mark Darcy is the smart well mannered respectable man who behaves well but lacks the random spontaneous nature that Bridget likes about Cleaver. Even though Bridget continues to fall into the trap of his manipulating ways to get in her pants which we have seen numerous times and this characters ways continue within the book by flirting with the scanner lady whilst Bridget is having her scan.

In the film Mark Darcy character is the same but it seemed kinda of preset he was going to be the father and end up marrying Bridget. This festival guy comes over is a prick and annoying overbearing man . I don’t know how Bridget put up with his ways for so long in the film. Darcy was seen to be the one lacking the thoughtfulness and being there where stereo- typically one should be there. I loved Darcy’s come back about him being there the whole of her life and this dude being there like five minutes although it would of been nice to have a little fight.

There didn’t seem to be any seduction from this festive guy I mean Bridget wasn’t that drunk. It was like open ya legs and there I go. Was not impressed by this part of the film.

Plot wise

I am rating the book higher than the film purely because of Daniel Cleaver being in it. One can only hope there is sequel where we see Cleaver with a child and the kids go to same school or something. That would be interesting.

 

‘the distance between us’ By Maggie O’Farrell book review

 

‘the distance between us’ By Maggie O’Farrell  Copyright 2004 Genre Romance

The book is about two different people; living on opposite side of the world, one girl trying to move on from the past and one boy trying to find his roots. Throughout their lives they are thrown into unbearable situations that would make any human being question what would they do in their situation. It is a story about relationships and the bond they share whether it be family or friends or lovers.

My opinion of the central characters of the book, the girl Stella is the most stubborn woman born ever, no matter what others do she is like nope not having it. I felt for her during the fragile time between her sister. But other than that I wanted to slap her in the face and say wake up you doozy so so. The male character Jake is sweet but an idiot, but a sweetie pie none the less. His the type of lad who gets in trouble when really his done naff all wrong. I felt for him right from the start, the shit he had to put up with. He makes people question there moral standards for sure, but at the same time how many blokes travel the country for one girl.

Characters that I best relate to  Stella for wanting to escape her old life and Jake for wanting to find himself. I also felt sorry for him because he probably felt like he was banging his head against a wall most of the time.

Other interesting characters, I would probably say Mel as she is in a such a horrible place let her feelings out then later on you think its like blackmail. Mel’s dad a is character a posh, pushy arrogant bloke you want to hit as he presumes he knows how others are thinking.

The story is told by two people Stella and Jake. The story has flashbacks to the past which at first you are baffled as to why the story is bouncing around so much.

Were the characters and problems believable. Yes and no, the school bully their was no detail of the aftermath of how the teachers reacted. The Chinese new year accident was a bit vague, would have been nice to have known the total effect. There was a lot of being told what was happening not letting the story unravel itself. Also the ending most blokes would have given up, especially the modern man. No man now days would do that for a woman more likely to go down the pub  and drown there sorrows than do that.

How did the characters change Jake grew some balls to deal with his situation and Stella seemed not to change till the last page.  Question the book asks is that can love conquer all and don’t judge to conclusions, don’t presume the worst straight away. The question  is answered by Jake and Stella accepting their past mistakes . Did I learn anything from the book, not really as I am a soppy sod but probably to be less stubborn.

The book was different in that it wasn’t as saucy as I would have liked, nor was there a lot of seduction more just they like  each other. If anything it was like Jake had to use force to let Stella let her guard down.  I would have loved the book to end with a kiss coming from Stella, even know that is cliché it would have been nice. It did take a while to get into the book as it jumped around so much I was like oh and then trying to piece everything together. Time period is important as the subjects brought up would be to taboo back in the day and wouldn’t have happened anyways.  Alternative titles name ‘a tale from two sides’ is probably the best one I came up with.

Favorite quotes

‘You need to get your strength back, man. You look dreadful, like a fucking corpse’ Hing Tai page 88

The line just lightens the story up.

Favorite scene is when Nina Stella’s sister gets Jake drunk and high on weed. Then feels like an idiot when he realizes where he was supposed to be. And starts swearing at himself. I liked most that Stella did let her guard down and what I liked least was that she did so right at the end of the book.   The book could have ended better they should have been an embrace at least, Stella never seemed glad to see him always oh yeah its you should have known. I give this book a six out of ten for being a book that I seriously want the slap the characters heads together.

The cover represents the sisters which is a shame because it would have been nice for it to be Stella and Jake.

‘Wildthorn’ By Jane Eagland

Book review of ‘Wildthorn’ By Jane Eagland copyright date 2009 and genres I would say are teen, thriller, romance, period and historical fiction.

The story is told by the main character, Louisa Cosgrove, a daughter of a doctor. She wants to break free of the traditional role of a woman and longs to become a doctor. Her dreams become shattered when on one journey she finds herself in an asylum due to how she is as a person.

When she is in the asylum she is deprived of dignity and her real name. Along with battling to unravel who put her in there in the first place and why. She is also trying to find herself and discover why being different is such a big problem. She learns that she can only really rely on a few people and is shocked by her discoveries of the truth of what has being going on around her.

My opinion of the main character was mixed sometimes she is childish and rebellious. Louisa character when she is young and demonstrates the innocent nature of not understanding the order and how things are, and why they are like that.  As an adult she becomes across as an outcast and how has been confused on how she felt about people.

She also seemed it a bit selfish as it was only near the end that she realized the impact of her actions. I did feel sympathy for the character when she got portrayed but found the cutting up of the doll a bit disturbing. I also felt her struggle and pain the towards the end when we learn the truth about all her family, Its book where you just want the main character to end up having a happy ending.

Which character do I feel I relate to most is probably Louisa mother as she tried her best to try to make her daughter act and behave in the correct manner. Louisa would come across as childish and immature at these times. I guess for a mum during that time it must have been hard to tame a girl’s interested that aint expected or accepted as a womans role, but at the same time to praise and encourage.

Other characters I liked was Louisa’s dad as he comes across as sweet, adorable and only wants Louisa to be happy. He praised and encouraged Louisa in her studies. I also felt Louisa’s anger towards her brother as first he comes across as a person who enjoys whining his sister up the typical sibling rivalry. He liked to remind Louisa that she was girl. I think he was scared of Louisa doing better than him. The brothers character also highlighted how some men probably took their educational opportunities for granted and through their money away.  I could understand Louisa’s frustration when her brother is the way he is towards the end of the book. He comes across as angry or embarrassed when Louisa mentions studying or their father.

Wildthorn is told through Louisa Cosgrove point of view shifting between her current situations and past events.  Louisa changed from immature, weird and unsure of herself to ambitious, understanding, forgiving to an extent and discovering who she is.

I guess the book has asked the question do you really want to speculate and take things at face value, it demonstrates this through Louisa family connections as there are shades of grey that have made people who they are. That it isn’t a black and white picture with a simple solution.

Another question is that it wasn’t normal to feel who she did in them days as it highlights how people had to hide and careful about their true feelings.

I learnt that people’s relationships go through all sorts of emotions and situations. I think now days we should be grateful that we can be open and honesty about everything and not to stick to the attitude of sweeping it under the carpet. It demonstrated that having  secrets can affect how one understands that person. That it is never good to pretend to be perfect and play keeping up appearances as it’s not realistic.

I think the location was important for the story as it highlighted the different social classes and status. Though how ones talks and the accent versus queens english. The time of period was important in portraying this story as it wouldn’t have had the same shock and sympathy reactions in the story if it was set in present day. Louisa sexuality threw me most. I was not expecting that at all. I was expecting a typical period romance.

Alternative titles maybe asylum as this is the main place where the story takes place.

My favourite two quotes are:

‘How can you say such stupid things! Elizabeth Garrett Anderson is married with children! And there are other brave, clever women who have struggled against all the odds to be doctors and proved themselves equal of any man. They’re not a disgrace to their sex but a fine example’ Louisa Cosgrove page 284.

I like this quote as it sums up the attitudes that existed at the time in regards to women working. My second favourite quote is:

‘Without my quite knowing how it’s happened, we’re kissing. Her lips are dry and warm and I feel shy at first, tentative….. and then I can’t help myself’ Page 326. This is when Louisa discovered what she wants and who she is.

My favourite scene would have to be when she confronts Grace’s mother for what she done to Louisa. I liked the time period and location. How the main character challenges a women’s role and taboo subjects. My least favourite part is when Louisa as a child rips apart a doll. I found this quite disturbing and weird.

I liked how the book ended overall though it would have been nice to see whether Eliza and Louisa revealed their secrets to others. Lasting impressions value your freedom and not to see things as black and white. The cover gave me the impression that it was going to be an erotic romance story. I would recommend this book to people who like historical, period dramas, romance fiction and books that challenge people’s views. I would give this book an 9 out of 10.