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A new Bridget Jones novel is on the way, and boy could we use a return of the chick-lit heroine. Alfred A. Knopf sent out a press release (as reported by The New York Times) announcing that Helen Fielding is writing the new book, which she says represents a totally new phase in Bridget's life.
"My life has moved on, and Bridget’s will move on, too," Fielding says in a statement. "I hope people will have as much fun reading it, as I am writing it."
While the Bridget Jones of the first Bridget Jones' Diary novel (and subsequent movie) might be a woman who's a bit out of date in today's world, this new version of the character seems like someone we will newly be able to relate to. The story is said to be set in London in the present day, and will likely follow Jones in her 50s, as she was in her 30s in the first book. That shouldn't make a difference, though, as Fielding told BBC in a 2012 interview that Bridget is now more interested in counting Twitter followers than calories and cigarettes.
Well, aren't we all! What we love best about Bridget Jones as a character is that she's an amalgamation of all the insecurities most women feel, but Fielding still makes her loveable and charming in her own way. Hopefully Bridget's love life is a bit more stable than it was in the last two books, but then again we'd love to see what mishaps she gets into this time around.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, the second Bridget Jones novel, came out in 1999, and a lot has changed in the last 14 years. As Fielding says she's making Bridget a more modern lady, the character will likely be just as relevant as she always was. It will be interesting to see how Bridget has aged during the past decade and a half, and if her Twitter obsession really does mirror our own.
Also, is it too early to start hoping that this means a third Bridget Jones movie is on the way too? Oh wait, it reportedly already is.