Intro for May 28, 2013

Lainey Posted by Lainey at May 28, 2013 14:21:31 May 28, 2013 14:21:31

Dear Gossips,

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy.

The title of the third Bridget book by Helen Fielding was just confirmed today. It will be released in October. And what is Bridget up to now? The publisher’s notes only revealed the following:

“The novel is set in present-day London; Bridget is older; she is still keeping a diary, but she is also immersed in texting and experimenting with social media, with an accent on ‘social.’” 

And here’s an excerpt:

Wednesday 24 October 2012

11.27 p.m. Just presss d  SEND. Iss fineisn't it?

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 11.30p.m. to find a postbox. A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or exocet missile.


It has been 14 years since Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason. She’s missed out on a lot. Or, rather, we’ve missed out on her during a lot. Bridget disappeared with the rise of reality television. Who is Bridget in a Kardashian world? Has Bridget joined the Motherhood Industrial Complex? That’s the obvious assumption from the title, right?

If that is indeed the you care?

It’s not out of character for Bridget to want children. It’s an understandable progression, even though normally that wouldn’t interest me. But, as Louise Dennys, Publisher of the Knopf Random Canada Publishing Group, said in the release today, “Helen Fielding accomplished something rare and wonderful as a writer--she brought a character into the lives of millions of people who today still smile at the memory of that all-too-human singleton in nineties’ London.”

It’s true, non? I do still smile when I remember Bridget.

Dennys continues, “BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY is a totally new phase in Bridget’s life, as Helen indicated when she said, ‘Bridget's life has moved on.’ But, the question is, just how much?”

We’ve seen from the examples of Arrested Development and Veronica Mars the enduring loyalty of invested fanbases, even after long absences. Is it the same with literary characters?

Yours in gossip,


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