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Fans were in an uproar after Helen Fielding released an excerpt from her third installment to the Bridget Jones series and revealed that in it, Mark Darcy — spoiler alert! — dies, leaving Bridget a widow.
But what about the man who plays him on screen?
Colin Firth, who played Darcy in both Bridget Jones films, learned of his character’s death personally from the author. In an interview with Time magazine, Fielding talks how she gently broke the news over the phone after Firth couldn’t meet for lunch.
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On the Books: Haruki Murakami tops speculative Nobel Prize shortlist; Andrew Wylie chides Amazon for 'megalomania'
The Nobel Prize for Literature will be awarded this week, and the literary world is placing its bets on who will be the next winner. Meanwhile, Andrew Wylie blasted Amazon in a new interview, and Atavist Books is staking its claim in the digital landscape. Read on for today’s top books headlines: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Dave Eggers accused of stealing female author's book idea; Bridget Jones debate continues
Thought you heard the last of Bridget Jones, the MacArthur “genius” grants, or the Man Booker Prize? Think again. Here are today’s top books headlines to kick off October: READ FULL STORY
On the Books: Helen Fielding shocks fans with latest Bridget Jones novel; Chris McCandless' sister to publish memoir
Why is Bridget Jones causing a stir? What new titles will be released next year? Answers to those and more top books headlines below: READ FULL STORY
The world’s most prominent literary singleton Bridget Jones is now a widow bringing up two children alone, according to Mad About the Boy excerpts released Sunday.
Fifteen years after the last novel in her saga, it turns out unlucky-in-love Bridget married Mark Darcy and had two children — but author Helen Fielding has killed off the barrister and put her heroine back on the singles’ market.
The revelation came as extracts of Fielding’s latest Bridget Jones’s Diary were published in the Sunday Times Magazine.
Fielding began the series as a British newspaper column in 1995 before selling 15 million copies of the first two novels, which were made into Hollywood films starring Renee Zellweger as Bridget and Colin Firth as the aloof Darcy.
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For her upcoming third outing, Bridget Jones has changed quite a bit — she’s older, living in present-day London, and she’s immersed in texting and social media — but judging from the title of the new book, she’s still having relationship issues. And yes, she’s still keeping a diary.
Knopf has announced that the third Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding, coming out Oct. 15, will be called Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, although everyone is keeping tight-lipped about who the “boy” is. The publisher has also released a micro-excerpt: READ FULL STORY
“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.
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Author Helen Fielding announced on U.K. radio today that the zaftig, self-deprecating, journal-writing, perennially lovelorn Bridget Jones will return for a third installment.
“The new novel is set in present-day London, with an entirely new scenario for Bridget,” Fielding said on the show Women’s Hour Friday. “If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we’ll all be very happy.”
It’s already been announced that a long-in-the-works third Bridget Jones movie is on its way, following Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, both starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant. The new book, however, will not follow the upcoming movie’s plotline (which focuses on Bridget having a baby), Fielding told the show. There is also a musical in development.
In addition, the new book will have a slightly different focus, opening each chapter with Bridget’s tweets, rather than her familiar food-and-cigarette diary entries. “It’s more like ‘number of Twitter followers: 0. Still no followers. Still no followers’,” Fielding said on the program. But don’t worry, not everything has changed: “She is still on the diet,” Fielding said.
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