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Portable Magic

Reading, for me, is entertainment and an escape from the real world. But it can also inform and stretch the boundaries of the life I live.

Currently reading

The Island of Sea Women
Lisa See
The Deep
Alma Katsu
Progress: 73 %
Dear Life: Stories
Alice Munro
Progress: 175/336 pages
Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
Progress: 28 %
The Mystery at Lilac Inn
Carolyn Keene
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories
Gary Raisor, Richard Chizmar, Al Sarrantonio, Avram Davidson
Progress: 70/512 pages
Leading Change
John P. Kotter
Peanuts Classics
Charles M. Schulz
Progress: 66 %
The Bungalow Mystery
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages
The Bungalow Mystery #3
Carolyn Keene
Progress: 192/192 pages

Bridget Jones’ Diary ★★★☆☆

Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding, Tracie Bennett

This modern reinvention of Pride and Prejudice is pretty amusing, if you can forgive the substitution of the silly Bridget character for Elizabeth Bennett. Actually, this is more a reinvention of the story, if there were no Bennett sisters and if Lydia were the main character instead of Elizabeth. Because Bridget is every bit as vacuous and boy-crazy as Lydia. Still, it’s a fun story, and the audio performance by Tracie Bennett (name coincidence?) perfectly captures Bridget’s voice as she reads the diary entries. I actually preferred the movie version to the original text, although this may be due to the audio being an abridged version. Abridgements are rarely successful, IMHO.

 

I read this for Task the Eighth: The Movie Ticket (Read a book that has been adapted to a holiday movie). Although it wasn’t explicitly a holiday movie, it begins and ends during the Christmas/New Year holiday season, so I think of it as an annual holiday watch, similar to Love, Actually and An Affair to Remember.