Best Chick Flicks of All Time


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Yesterday, I asked what you’d place in a virtual birthday swag bag. A friend of mine left a comment saying she’d tuck a DVD of When Harry Met Sally into the virtual gift bag because it’s a such a timeless chick flick. Which got … Continue reading

Are you playing the dating game? Are you reading The Dating Game?


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I know Valentine’s Day is safely behind us, but February is the month of love. It’s such a pleasure to welcome Susan “Sooz” Buchanan all the way from Scotland with one of her four books, The Dating Game. I’ve posted a … Continue reading

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy – My Notes about the Cover Reveal

I’ve been following Bridget Jones on Facebook, and watched closely over recent days as a bottle of wine on the screen slowly emptied as readers “drank” moving closer and closer to the cover reveal of the long-awaited third novel in the Bridget Jones saga by author Helen Fielding (releasing mid-October 2013 by Knopf and available now for pre-order).

Yesterday, the bottle emptied and readers caught their first glimpse at the cover.

My thoughts? LOVE the book spine. Great design. Will stand out nicely on bookshelves. But the white background on the cover? Not so good for online viewers because the lack of a border will cause the white cover to bleed into the white space that often surrounds a book cover on a computer screen. But then, what do I know … I’m not Knopf.

Another observation? Notice the use of capital letters in the title. Mad about The Boy. Usually, I’d expect the word ‘the’ to be lowercased in the title. Grammatically speaking, the title indicates the book will not be about any boy – but about The Boy. (A son, perhaps?)

If you want to read more about the first Bridget Jones book – Bridget Jones’s Diary – the watershed book published in the late 1990s that helped launch a chick lit frenzy in publishing, check out my blog posts in the “Ode to Bridget Jones” category (found in the top right corner of the screen) where I analyze the writing that captivated readers around the globe.




Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy – Excerpt from the book!

Going viral: The following excerpt from the third book in the Bridget Jones saga – BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY by Helen Fielding (Releasing October 10, 2013 by Random House). The rumor mill reports the novel will bring us an older Bridget, still in London, still keeping a diary – but now with social media in the mix. (My comments follow the excerpt.) Take a peek.


Wednesday 24 October 2012
11.27 p.m. Just presss d SEND. Iss fineisn’t it?

You see, this is the trouble with the modern world. If it was the days of letter-writing, I would never even have started to find his address, a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp, and gone outside at 11.30p.m. to find a postbox. A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or exocet missile.


My comments:

Note from Julie (me) – who read the first Bridget Jones in the mid-1990s cover-to-cover three times in a row the year it was released: I’m sooooo excited for this third book to release!

Bridget cleared the path for the wonderful chick lit genre I know and love and blog about. From Jane Austen to Bridget Jones – I’ve loved quirky female characters solving life’s problems in humorous, original ways. It’s what I look for when I walk into a bookstore – that, and a super cute cover – gotta love those super cute covers. Hey, if you’re carrying it around – a book is an accessory, right? Right.

I’m going to update those “Ode to Bridget Jones” posts I’ve been writing since the beginning of this year… In those posts I examine the style of writing Helen Fielding used in an attempt to understand how the writing may have contributed to the novel becoming such a watershed book in the chick lit genre as well as modern contemporary women’s fiction. I’ve fallen a bit behind on those postings, but now I’m going to get caught up – so stay tuned. You’ll find a link to those posts on the right of the computer screen categorized under “Ode to Bridget Jones”.

The release of the BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY book excerpt has me super psyched. If that’s what the publisher had in mind by releasing this teaser excerpt – it worked.

Bridget Jones Meets Smug Marrieds

    Four slices of dialogue frame the set-up in this passage from Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. Part of an on-going examination of this watershed book in the Chick Lit genre leading up to the October 2013 release of the third book in the famed Bridget Jones collection. This series of on-going posts are filed under the “Ode to Bridget Jones” category.

February 1, 11:45 p.m. Bridget Jones’s Diary…

In her diary, Bridget tells readers she must go to what she calls a ‘Smug Married’ dinner party at Magda and Jeremy’s. What follows are two hysterical observations that endear readers to Bridget. Notice how her observations seem on the surface to be unrelated

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Mr. Right & Mr. Wrong (Part 2)

Hugh GrantExpunge the image of Hugh Grant playing the part of Daniel Cleaver before reading this post. He’s just too dang handsome in the movie. He distracts the reader. In tribute to the October 2013 release of a long-awaited third book in the Bridget Jones saga that helped launch the Chick Lit genre we know and love today, I’m taking a year to re-read Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding to see what we can learn as readers and writers of chick lit. Finishing up chapter one which covers the month of January in Bridget’s life, we are introduced to two very important characters: Mark Darcy (the subject of an earlier post titled: Mr. Right & Mr. Wrong Part 1) and Daniel Cleaver (the subject of today’s post).

Note: Serious spoiler alert. If you haven’t read the book, don’t read the post.

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Mr. Right & Mr. Wrong (Part 1)

Poor Bridget. I fear I’ve neglected her a bit. I announced I’d be reading her throughout 2013 in honor of this year’s release of a third “Bridget” book and movie and I haven’t posted a word about her since January 7, 2013. No worries. January isn’t over yet so it’s perfectly fine that we’re still in chapter one. So let’s get caught up and learn what we can learn as writers about what was accomplished in the storyline for chapter one of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, a book credited (in part) with launching the Chick Lit genre we know and love today. This chapter covers all of January and two very important characters are introduced into the storyline. Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver.

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