Once upon a time, there were videotapes instead of DVDs. And places to rent those tapes, where my sister found ‘Bridget Jones Diary‘. Or maybe it was Edge of reason first, I don’t really remember. Anyway, we met Bridget Jones totally random and fell in love straight away.
Embarrassing detail: It took me about 10 years to realize that Bridget Jones is based on Pride and Prejudice.
I pretty sure everybody knows who Bridget Jones is, even when all you know is that Bridget Jones is ‘that’ film. Which was amazing, Renee Zellweger will forever be Bridget Jones in my eyes. It was just too perfect. In short: Bridget Jones is about a woman in her thirties, who is very naive, funny and insecure. It takes places in the nineties when you could still smoke everywhere and there was no internet nor cell phones. Landlines were still very much used and there was no caller-id, but 1471 to check who called you last. Needless to say: it was used a lot in the book.
This will be the first out of a series of three, with next week Bridget Jones: Edge of reason!
With the last two book talks, I tried to make something of the title. With this one, however, the title of the book says it all. It’s weird. Maybe it’s some dialect I’m not familiar with, and maybe it’s because I’m so used to ‘Gone with the wind’, but ‘The wind done gone’ makes me giggle everytime I think of it. Love the title, like the book but it’s weird. Although the book is mostly fun to read because it’s in the same time as Gone with the wind and I’m a big fan, it raises some awareness about a bigger issue: how little you know of the servants in Gone with the wind. A diary written by one of the slaves on a plantage is interesting at least, but it could have been executed better for more impact.
So last week I shared my plan for the weekly book talks with you, and this week I didn’t write one. Off to a great start, this is! I wanted to take the week to write it, think it over, rewrite, think it over again, but I couldn’t decide what book to choose. I didn’t want to pick an old book or a Dutch book and I wanted something original to say about the book. So I looked at my pile of books, eliminated all that didn’t fit these criteria and ended up with zero books to write about. In the end, I’ve decided to talk about the last book I read: ‘Anna’ by Niccolò Ammaniti, an Italian writer. The main reason I read this book was the title, my name is Anna as well and I like (pretty much) anything with my name.
With trying to bring some new life into my blog, but also with working a full-time job I don’t have the time to write original stories as much as I like. But I read a lot and finish a lot of books so I can (try to) write about that! This piece has been in the making for over a week since I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t like it that much, so maybe I’ve overestimated my ability a bit…