Posted on June 30, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding hit US shelves twenty-five years ago this month.

And as one does on any milestone anniversary, New York Times book journalist Elisabeth Egan looked back at the novel that may have launched "chick lit."

On one hand, there is some nostalgic pleasure in re-encountering things like VCRs and answering machines.

And, says Egan, Fielding has "an effortless habit of winking at the reader without poking too much fun at Bridget or, for that matter, her mother."

All that said ... there are some incredibly cringe-worthy themes, through a modern reader's eyes.

If you'd prefer to keep your memories uncomplicated, steer clear of Egan's look back at Bridget Jones's Diary, but if you don't mind looking at the past through a new lens, head on over to the NY Times.

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