Brace Yourselves, Newest Bridget Jones Book is Shocker!


When I heard the news I gasped. It couldn’t be true. No. Seriously. Helen Fielding would NOT do this. Not to Bridget. NOT TO ME!!

But she has. The third book in the Bridget Jones trilogy, Mad About the Boy, begins with Bridget in a very different place in her life. She is a widow. Yes, you read that right. Helen Fielding has killed off Mark Darcy before page one of the new book even happens.

This weekend the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine released an excerpt almost two weeks ahead of the October 10th release date. It was within the excerpt that fans in the UK quickly learned, and shared with the rest of the world, that in the third book Bridget is now Bridget Darcy. Oh and Mr. Darcy? Mr. “I love you just as you are” Darcy? He’s dead.

Time is reporting that many of the familiar characters from The Edge of Reason will be in the new book, Mad About the Boy. They share, “Her old friends Jude and Tom still serve as her support system. And perhaps more intriguingly, bad boy Daniel Cleaver, who was played by Hugh Grant in the films, is still in her life as the ‘naughty’ godfather to Bridget’s children.”

The reveal of this news before the release of the novel was very calculated by Knopf Doubleday Group, the US publishers of Mad About the Boy. Paul Bogaards, from Knopf Doubleday Group, says, “We knew we would dominate the news cycle. Now readers will turn their attention to the meat of the novel — how Bridget navigates the dual challenges of being a single parent and dating in the early 21st century.”

While I am devastated to hear about the loss of one of the most attractive men in print, I am looking forward to reading about Bridget as a single mom. I related to her as a weight-obsessed single gal in the ’90s, and now I wonder how much I will see myself in her motherhood journey.

By the way, The Hollywood Reporter says Helen Fielding has indicated that movie rights to the third book have not been sold.

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