Longtime 'Bridget Jones' fans are older now – the first story of the “wanton sex goddess” came out 16 years ago. But Helen Fielding’s signature character is set for a return as a new book in the series was announced for release this fall.
Though no title for the new novel has been unveiled, and it's unclear whether Bridget’s ‘Mr Right’ Mark Darcy will stay or go, the story will focus on “a different phase in Bridget’s life,” according to an interview with Fielding earlier this year published in the Telegraph.
“Resolution number one: Obviously, will lose twenty pounds. Number two:Will find nice sensible boyfriend and not continue to form romantic attachments to alcoholics, workaholics, peeping-toms, megalomaniacs, emotional f**kwits or perverts,” Jones once promised.
Fielding said that despite the sweeping success of the erotic saga 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' which has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, her new book would abstain from risqué scenes.
“If ever I wrote a sex scene, I would send it to friends for feedback – different passages to different friends – and, honestly, I’d never hear the end of it,” she explained.
“I would always be hearing little references to it slipped into conversation – how embarrassing – so now I just don’t do it,” the 54-year-old novelist said.
Fielding’s happy-go-lucky Bridget said she truly believed “happiness is possible… even when you're thirty-three and have a bottom the size of two bowling balls” – enthusiasm that won the hearts of millions of fans worldwide.
The first two Bridget Jones sagas – 'Bridget Jones’s Diary' and 'The Edge of Reason' – became bestselling hits, published in over 40 countries. The two novels have sold over 15 million copies across the globe, and were both adapted for the silver screen.
The Telegraph quoted a publisher at Jonathan Cape, which acquired the rights to the novel, as saying that "great comic writers are as rare as hen’s teeth.”
“Helen is one of a very select band who have created a character, Bridget, of whom the very thought makes you smile," publisher Dan Franklin said.