GET Stock QuotesNews18 APP
News18 English
cricketnext
»
1-min read

Bridget Jones 3: Mark Darcy is dead, fans mourn, expectations mount

Mark Darcy: 1956 - 2008. Say what? Mark Darcy is dead? Bridget Jones is a widow. This alarming revelation had Bridget Jones fans all teary-eyed as The Sunday Times published an excerpt from Helen Fielding's 'Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy' - the third in the series - which is due to hit the stands on October 10.

Updated:September 30, 2013, 11:36 AM IST
facebookTwittergoogleskypewhatsapp
Bridget Jones 3: Mark Darcy is dead, fans mourn, expectations mount

Mark Darcy: 1956 - 2008. Say what? Mark Darcy is dead? Bridget Jones is a widow. This alarming revelation had Bridget Jones fans all teary-eyed as The Sunday Times published an excerpt from Helen Fielding's 'Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy' - the third in the series - which is due to hit the stands on October 10.

Mark Darcy: 1956 - 2008. Say what? Mark Darcy is dead? Bridget Jones is a widow. This alarming revelation had Bridget Jones fans all teary-eyed as The Sunday Times published an excerpt from Helen Fielding's 'Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy' - the third in the series - which is due to hit the stands on October 10.

The second volume of the Bridget Jones diaries had ended with Darcy - enshrined, of course, in the popular imagination as the face of actor Colin Firth - proposing. The new book presents Bridget as a 51-year-old mother of two, managing two children and falling for a toy boy. Darcy, alas, is dead.

A well-orchestrated revelation that already has potential readers in a tizzy, this particular fact will undoubtedly propel sales of a book that would, in any case, be guaranteed to be a bestseller. Volume two - 'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason' - was published as far back as in 1999, a bare three years after the runaway success of 'Bridget Jones's Diary'. Bridget is now fourteen years older, and worries not only about her weight but also about the number of her followers on Twitter. Apparently she reflects the 'more mature, social-media obsessed woman.'

To the extent that Bridget Jones was meant to be an embodiment of genuine personal fears often which usually meet with stout denial in public, this transition is apt. As, perhaps, is her obsession with Roxter, all of 30. Clearly the idea is to keep appealing to the same readers who were delighted with the first two books in the series all those years ago. But, as the response on Twitter suggests, some of these readers are unhappy.

Still, none of that should affect the fortunes of the new book. Fielding herself is a 55-year-old single mother of two children and, despite the obvious similarities between herself and Bridget, has always denied that that novels are autobiographical. The book will be published by Penguin Random House in India under the Random House imprint.

Read full article
Next Story
facebookTwittergoogleskypewhatsapp

Live TV