One of the most iconic female characters in modern English fiction, Bridget Jones, is all set to make a comeback this year after a long sabbatical. Written by Helen Fielding, the Bridget Jones’ series of books spanned just two titles – Bridget Jones Diary (1996) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999)- but became a colossal bestseller, entrancing millions of readers and spawning a film series starring Renee Zellwegger as the insecure, slightly tubby Bridget Jones and Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as the two mean after her heart and/or body. The books won a massive following as they showed the world from the perspective of a heroine who was “normal” and not outstandingly gorgeous or even exceptionally intelligent – and oh yes, they were loads of fun to read because they were so utterly hilarious. In fact, The Guardian even named Bridget Jones Diary as one of the twentieth century’s most defining novels.
Well, Bridget Jones is all set to return in a new book. Titled Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, the book will hit stands in late October. Of course, the focus will still be Bridget Jones but this is an older Bridget. Of course, she still worries about what is the right thing to do and how she looks. And she still writes, although whether her diary is on paper (as in the past) or on social networks, we know not. And oh yes, she is still on a diet, and is still – STILL – trying to steer clear of cigarettes and alcohol. But what of the two men in her lives? Does she get married? Where is she working now?
We will find out come October. One thing we can be sure of – it will be enormous fun to read. Welcome back, Ms Jones. We missed you.