Singletons vs Smug Marrieds: Greener Grass
Bridget Jones's Diary is the personal diary of a fictional character, Bridget Jones, written by Helen Fielding. Bridget Jones is a thirty two year old woman who smokes too much, drinks too much, has a hard time finding a boyfriend, and is struggling with her weight. She is intensely insecure and has a hard time accepting her flaws. One big thing she is on edge about is being single. She likes to pretend that she is content and okay with being alone, but in reality she really wants a relationship. She calls herself and people like her, “Singletons.” On the other hand, she calls her married friends, “Smug Marrieds.” There seems to be an almost existent war between the Singletons and Smug Marrieds in the book. Is being a Singleton better than being a Smug Married or vice versa?
A Singleton is someone who is single, too busy with work to have a love life, someone over thirty who is still single and unmarried, or all of the above. The good thing about being single and unmarried is the freedom a person has. Bridget has the freedom to do whatever she wants with her free time. On February 1st at midnight, Bridget's friend Shazzer (Sharon), a fellow Singleton, says “..there's a whole generation of single girls like me with their own incomes and homes who have lots of fun and don't need to wash anyone else's socks.” This conversation happened after Bridget was invited to her Smug Married friends, Magda and Jeremy's Smug Married party. At the Party were four married couples and Jeremy's younger brother. The Smug Marrieds always seem to ask Bridget the same questions all the time; “How's your love life” or “Why aren't you married yet?” These questions drive Bridget crazy. She finds them very offensive and nosy. She thinks that the Smug Marrieds are patronizing her and making her feel like a “failed human being.”
A big reason for her insecurity is the fact that she is not in a relationship. I think she feels...