Bridget Jones’s Marc Darcy has arguably nestled his way under the covers of hundreds of thousands of 20 to 30-something women. For my part, I had just turned 20 when the book was published, and I don’t think I read the book until the movie came out starring Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth.
Well, another week has come and gone, which means, it’s already time for another “That’s What He Said Thursday” (#TWHST).
Some lines just stick with you.
Now, that I’m nearing another big, round birthday, I’m astounded by how some lines will stay with you forever. “Just as you are.” Isn’t that what we’re all looking for in life? A sense of belonging without having to prove or change one’s self? And (more superficially now) a person who’s sweet and able to love one just as one is, is way more attractive and lovable than f-wits who are in love with themselves, but have no idea what love is.
As a writer, I absolutely love the simplicity and the power of this love declaration. Love is not a modifier. It is not out to change anything. Love is not an adjective, adverb or a flabby sentence-filling crutch that needs to be trimmed away with cosmetic, surgical precision. Love is. It is the essence of a sentence, the life of the story–whether it’s found, lost or just beyond the fingertips of one’s reach.
This book was so essential in setting me on my path toward self-acceptance and self-love. Surely, if there was a Marc Darcy for lovably imperfect Bridget there had to be gentlemen for the millions of other imperfect people out there who would love them as they were.
If Marc Darcy was so perfect, why did his creator, Helen Fielding, kill him off?
Well, that’s the thing about perfection isn’t it? It can’t really be messed with, which means there really aren’t many options left for it; it has to be left alone–left untarnished. Helen Fielding said in this interview in The Telegraph (10 Oct 2013), “Mark Darcy would never have left her – he’s too much of a gentleman, and it is far better that his memory lives on untarnished in the new book than he turns out to be a bit of an f-wit” .
(And, by the way, in case you didn’t know: Bridget Jones’s Diary has added a third book to its collection, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy”, with Bridget as a single, stay-at-home, 50-something year old mom. (So, yes, Marc Darcy does not survive Bridge’s antics in Bridget Jones’s Book 3.))
For my part, it’s heartening to be reminded that imperfect is beautiful, interesting, lovable and alive–while death (or cryogenics) seems to be the only thing left for the perfect.
There’s a meme going around in readers’ circles on Thursdays, called “That’s What He Said Thursdays” or #TWHST for short. I found out about it a couple weeks ago, and participated last week for the first time. What I love about it, is that it makes reading, and sharing what you’re reading, social! So, I decided to commit to posting something weekly with a little bit of my own commentary.
HOW TO PLAY (JOIN THE FUN!)
The rules of participation are simple, and have been posted on Carrianne’s Cuppa ‘n Critiques:
Pick and “Post a favorite line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. These are direct quotes from dialogue in a book. It is not a physical description of a male protagonist or a paragraph of dialogue. It is a line spoken by our favorite heroes to their lucky ladies or guys!” ~Carrianne
You can add add your favorite line in the comments below this post–or add a link to your own blog post in the comment below.