I’ll preface this by saying I just spent the last few weeks editing our Rom-Com issue (on stands now!), so I had books that inspired romantic comedies on the brain when compiling my Valentine’s Day picks. Consider these the literary equivalent of a chocolate-covered bon-bon: Easy to consume, addictive and ultimately, sweet.
Before there were Thai prisons and babies and unintentional flashing on live TV, there was this, the book that launched what seems like 1,000 chick-lit copycats — and inspired three hit movies starring Renee Zellweger. It’s easy to forget how fresh Helen Fielding’s novel-in-diary-format was when it came out, tracking a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a thirtysomething “singleton” in London trying to find a career, romantic, and self-help enlightenment in a world littered with smug marrieds and chardonnay units. And: oh hi, Mark Darcy! —Clarissa Cruz