＊Bright light silly old girl＊
Having written about "Pride and Prejudice", I may as well write about "Brigit Jone's Diary".
It is a famous fact that the writer, who was a big fan of BBC drama "Pride and Prejudice", wrote this story thinking," I want to write a novel like this." Then when the novel was made into a film, Colin Firth, who had played the role of Mr. Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice " drama, played the role of Mark (whose sir name is also Darcy...it's so complicated, isn't it?). That's a success story like a fiction.
More than 20 years ago, I was living in London and bought this book picking up from the piled copies on the book shop counter, and read it. At that time, it hadn't been cinematized and the story didn't appeal to me well probably because it had too much information for me to understand. A few years ago , I saw the newest third film of Brigid Jones sequences on screen, then I saw Brigid Jones film No.1 and 2, after that I read this book again, and I was finally able to enjoy it. Oh, it took a pretty long way. How short my ability of understanding was! I don't know why it took so much to understand this story, but it's quite British in a sense, which is, it is pursuing for self-deprecating jokes thoroughly.
As the title says, this story is written in the form of Brigit's diary of a certain year. Brigit is a really lovely silly girl.
The story begins with her new year's resolution such as stopping cigarettes, reducing alcohol, or dieting and so on. However, she spends the year smoking, drinking, and being cheated by a bad guy. While reading, saying ," how about stopping smoking?" or "No,no. He isn't good!", we come to be her supporter. She is a ground- breakingly hopeless heroine, but who loves a story that perfect beauty is loved by a fantastic hero? A heroine like her gives every readers hope. Also we love Brigit because she is funny and honest.
In the film, Brigit smokes cigarettes incessantly. These days smoking in films seems to be getting a taboo. In the near future, tabaco may disappear from the screen. Without anyone noticing, various consideration is given in many aspects, good or bad.
Anyway, my favorite part of this novel is that Brigit always says,"What?" when people say something to her, and every time her mother hear it, the mother scold her "Say 'Perdon' !" This is a heart-warming routine. However old they get, mother is a mother daughter is a daughter, though the mom is not necessarily a decent person.