An excerpt of the third installment of Bridget Jones’s diary, the upcoming Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding (RH/Knopf, 10/15), in The Sunday Times of London is causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth. It reveals that Bridget, who became an international obsession in 1996 with the publication of Bridget Jones’s Diary, and the subsequent film, is now a 51-year-old widow.
Yes, dear readers, she married Mark Darcy, but it did not turn out as hoped.
The book rose to #79, from #225, on Amazon’s sales rankings as a result of the attention.
For those who prefer to remember happier times, below is the trailer for the movie adaptation of the first book in the series: