In Helen Fielding's third instalment of Bridget Jones's Diary, the eternal singleton is still mad about boys (at least that's what the title of the upcoming book suggests), but we want to know how you feel about the prospect of another dip into Bridget's world.
This is what we know about Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, so far: The story promises a ‘new phase’ in Bridget’s life, it’s set in present day London, Bridget is older and still very much prone to mishaps.
On announcing the title of Helen Fielding’s next novel, publishers Jonathan Cape said: ‘Bridget is older, she is still keeping a diary, but she is also immersed in texting and experimenting with social media, with an emphasis on “social”!’
That’s it. Everything else is shrouded in secrecy. But we have so very many questions we need answered, like:
1. Exactly how old is Bridget? The first book was published about 15 years ago when Bridget Jones was 32. To make it factually correct Bridget will now be approaching her 50s.
2. Is she still with Mr Darcy? The publishers said Fielding ‘merely raised one eyebrow enigmatically’ when asked who was now the object of Bridget’s affections.
3. Will the new book feature womaniser Daniel Cleaver? We hope so purely for the fact it will keep the window open for Hugh Grant, if and when they ever make this into a film.
4. How has Bridget’s career gone? We last left Bridget carving out a career in the media. Was she successful? From what we’ve learned about the upcoming book so far, the focus will very much be on social media, so will Bridge have a Twitter account? Does she write a blog? How many followers does she have on Instagram? Does she she use Pinterest?
5. Does she have children? As a women approaching her 50s, if Bridget doesn’t already have children, could this pave the way for a narrative about IVF?
6. Has Bridget been affected by the recession? It has been the biggest story of the last decade, after all.
7. Is she still smoking? Or will she be a yoga-convert, sipping on green tea in her local Whole Foods?
8. Is she still relevant? With writers like Lena Dunham on the scene, and being hailed as a ‘voice of a generation’, is there still room for Bridget?
So, while we wait with bated breath for Helen Fielding’s next instalment (it will be released October 10, FYI), we want to know how you feel about the return of Bridget Jones? Are you excited? Or do you think times have moved on and the story of a hapless singleton won’t sit as well with women these days? Let us know in the comment box below. And, in the mean time, we’ll leave you with an extract from Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy.
‘You see, this is the trouble with the modern world. If it was the days of letter-writing, I would never even have started to find his address, a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp and gone outside at 11.30pm to find a postbox.
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‘A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or Exocet missile. Dating Rule No 1: Do not text when drunk.’