“How’s your love life?”
Bridget Jones, heroine of the page and screen, might be fending that question off again in her next chapter. We’ve already heard buzz about a new Bridget Jones novel, but Knopf officially announced this morning that it will be releasing Helen Fielding’s book in November. It will receive an initial printing of 250,000 copies.
Bridget Jones’ Diary was first published in 1996 and is widely credited for invigorating the “chick lit” phenomenon. A sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, followed in 1999. The books have sold 15 million copies globally, and both were adapted into films starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant, and Colin Firth.
While few details have been announced, we do know that time will have passed realistically for Bridget. She started the series in her 30s, but this story will be set in modern-day London with Bridget “at a later stage in her life,” according to a press release. “My life has moved on,” says Fielding, “and Bridget’s will move on, too. I hope people will have as much fun reading it, as I am writing it.”
There is a third Bridget Jones movie in the works also, but Fielding’s novel won’t follow the same plot, which involves Bridget having a baby.
Are you excited for the next installment?
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