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Helen Fielding says Bridget Jones books are not anti-feminist

26 May 2017 12:24 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fielding says humour is a ‘very powerful tool’ and describes being able to laugh at yourself a mark of strength, not a weakness

Bridget Jones novelist Helen Fielding has taken a swipe at “shallow” critics who call her books anti-feminist.

The writer was in Hay-on-Wye for the 30th edition of the literary festival and admitted the accusation was one that irritated.

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- Mark Brown, arts correspondent

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Bridget Jones’s Baby; Deepwater Horizon; War on Everyone and more – review

29 January 2017 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Comforts, catastrophes and chills in a week dominated by Renée Zellweger’s return as the klutzy singleton and Mark Walhlberg’s heroics in the Mexican Gulf

At a time when nearly every day brings news – or just a Donald Trump tweet, really – that augurs ill for the future, it’s hard to overstate the virtues of stubbornly refusing to move forward. Bridget Jones’s Baby (Universal, 15) is the cinematic equivalent of burying one’s head in the sand, except the sand turns out to be a plumped-up down pillow big enough to envelop one’s entire body.

Twelve years have passed since we left Helen Fielding’s bumbling singleton at the abysmal edge of reason, but it’s the time-swallowing continuity that comforts here. The jokes, it turns out, are much the same, whether they’re about being alone and panicked in your 30s or being alone and panicked in your 40s, »

- Guy Lodge

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