I first read Bridget Jones’ Diary when I was a teenager, marveling over how adult and grown up Bridget’s entire world was. Cigarettes! Drinking! Poor decisions! For a 15-year-old with an untraditional worldview, Bridget’s foibles were aspirational. She was a woman in her thirties, still single, still struggling to make it to work wearing a bra and with both shoes on, still trying to figure out what a happy life meant. Her problems, while abstract, were problems that I saw myself having as I got older. I quietly recognized bits of her in myself, and unknowingly carried that with me as I grew up. Revisiting the book at age 31, I was pleasantly surprised to see that not much had really changed.
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And because the book isn’t out yet, though the spoiler-ific excerpt is, I will adhere to my own rules about spoilers and keep this one out of the headline and the pre-jump post introduction! (Though other news outlets aren’t being so courteous.) Click on if you want to know what Bridget is crying about in her diary in Helen Fielding’s upcoming third book in the popular series…
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Classic chick-lit fans mark your diaries for November — that’s when the now-official third installment of the Bridget Jones novels will be released. Author Helen Fielding introduced the world to the single 30-something back in 1996 with Bridget Jones’s Diary and followed up the hit book loosely based on Pride and Prejudice with a 1999 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, both of which were turned into hit films staring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth. Now almost 15 years later, fans can catch up with Bridget. She is apparently up to new things, according to the author, who says, “My life has moved on and Bridget’s will move on, too.” Read more…
Over the summer, we got more than a little bit excited when we heard a rumor that “Bridget Jones 3″ was in the works. Sources say the movie is happening. But will Bridget be the adorable, slightly plump woman we identified with in the first flick? Or will one of her diets have worked, and she’ll now be rail thin? Supposedly, and the source here is the National Enquirer so take it with a grain of salt, Renee Zellweger is hard-core pressing for the
later latter. According to the rag, she is nervous to put on weight for the role again—her doctors have told her it’s unhealthy. Also, Renee allegedly thinks the demise of her and Jack White’s relationship had to do with her extra pounds and doesn’t want to risk having it affect her relationship with Bradley Cooper. (Side notes: A) Does Jack White really get to talk about people putting on weight—Noel Gallagher recently described him as “Zorro on doughnuts.” B) Perhaps Bradley would like her a little curvier?) Renee supposedly asked producers if she could wear a fat suit rather than actually gaining the weight. And now she’s lobbying to avoid the issue altogether and play the role as she is. Producers, we BEG you not to let this happen. A skinny Bridget Jones just wouldn’t be the same. [Celebitchy] Keep reading »
Bridget Jones is having a baby?! The British 40-something “singleton” will be back in a third film, this time focusing on her quest to become a mama. Based on author Helen Fielding’s newspaper columns instead of a book, Renee Zellweger will once again pork up her teensy frame to play the full-figured female cluelessly sabotaging her relationship with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and fighting her lingering attraction to ex-boss/lover Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). No writer or director has been chosen yet to tell what should be a ridiculous adventure on the baby trail. So here are our predictions for Bridget’s third entry about life with “workaholics, alcoholics, commitment phobics, perverts and fu**wits” … and maybe a baby. [Variety] Keep reading »