I just closed the cover on what trashionista.com calls the "face of chick lit" : Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary. The book, for me, was a throw back. In high school, I went through a Jane Austen phase, a three month period where I read Pride & Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park. I also watched the BBC 1995 film adaptation of Persusasian enough times to have Wentworth's last speech engraved on my eardrums:
"Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant."
For me, Wentworth, not Darcy, is the quintessential Austen hero. While in England I stayed in Bath, the city where Persusian takes place. Standing before a Roman townhouse was a statue of Jane herself, brunette and bonneted just as I imagined her.
Bridget Jones's Diary is undoubtably a nod in Austen's direction. It's in the spirit of Bridget, as well as in the spirit of every Austen heroine (except the annoying ones that spend 10 pages talking about ribbon), that I pen this list of resolutions to aid in my development as A Classy Lady:
will maintain ballerina posture
will refine laughter so sound less like llama
will not vandalize bathroom stalls with mantra "Live, Love, Fuck"
will cease theft from Goodwill
will take calcium supplement
will cease use of word "legit"
will buy less lattes
will buy less, in general
will fit back in size 2 skinny jeans
will get 8 hours of sleep (per night, not per week)
will write or paint every day
while writing or painting, will not open Facebook tab on Firefox
will stop talking in doorways
will stop pretending diet soda is okay
will stop making fun of hipsters
will read more Dostoyevsky
will read less James Patterson
will, at all costs, stop talking like Bob Dylan
will manicure nails
Will use Bath & Body Works products
will watch more black & white movies
will cease pursuit of men who look like Che
These I seal with a kiss.