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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When it was revealed that Helen Fielding killed off Mark Darcy in Mad About The Boy, Bridget Jones fans panicked. How on earth could Fielding even dream of declaring Darcy dead? Was there no justice? No more reindeer jumpers?
Fielding, for her part, found that the most difficult part of letting Darcy go was telling Colin Firth, who played the dashing, stick-up-his-ass barrister in both film adaptations.
“One of the weirdest conversations I’ve ever had was when I called Colin to tell him,” Fielding said, according to the Daily Mail.
“It was almost as if I was telling him that someone had actually died. We were both really upset. But then we both started laughing, as nobody had actually died.” Read more on Celebuzz…
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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It’s finally coming: Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, to be published this October, will be Helen Fielding’s third — but I hope not last — installment in the mixed-up life of the lovable Bridget Jones. Her publisher announced today that Bridget will have aged along with her books, putting her in her late 40s or early 50s, and will be set in present-day London. It’s not clear yet, though, who the “boy” will be. A son? A young intern? Daniel Cleaver? Mark Darcy? Or perhaps Bridget has a daughter who is in love (gasp!) with a son of Daniel Cleaver’s? All that Fielding has revealed is that Bridget still drinks too much and doesn’t know her way around social media. That’s our Bridget! [Telegraph UK]
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…