S. LAVANYA 1P a g e BRIDGET JONES-THE NORM CHANGING CHICK-LIT HEROINE OF BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY

S Lavanya
unpublished
The concept of women being independent is not a new one in the literary scene, but the domain it offers, that is where Chick lit becomes different and successful. Here the characters are not at all perfect, the situations are worse and there are always problems and confusions and self-doubts. But despite these the protagonists find romance and they balance both their personal and professional lives. Dysfunctional family, failed and troubled romantic relationships, and career struggles all
more » ... bute to the story of the Chick lit. Jane Austen's novels are often mixed with this genre but there is a great difference here. Here the heroines are not the model women. In contrast, the Chick lit heroines are full of self-deprecation and confusions. It is the very subversion of traditional romances. Austen repeatedly emphasises the point that a woman can be happy and content only when she gets married to a good guy. Chick lit subverts this very idea. This paper aims at celebrating Bridget Jones of Bridge Jones's Diary as the norm changing Chick lit heroine of all times. Thanks to Bridget Jones's Diary Indian literature is also revelling in celebrating the imperfections of women, thus giving birth to Indian Chick lit. As Pride and Prejudice is considered as the definition of classic romance, Bridget Jones's Diary is considered as the classic definition of modern woman who succeeds despite her imperfections.
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