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It's been seventeen years since she first published Bridget Jones's Diary and twelve since the novel was adapted, but author Helen Fielding has announced that our favorite self-deprecating, lovelorn mess is returning in a third installment of the text.
Also announced is another film in the series, reportedly titled "Bridget Jones's Baby," starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Hugh Grant, as well as a West End musical adaptation, both currently in development.
Fielding, who broke the news on BBC Radio's Women’s Hour, has confirmed that her book will not follow the latest film's plot line, but will instead explore a different phase of Jones's life. Notably, the titular diary is undergoing a modern revamp. Chapters will open with Jones's tweets. “It’s actually more like ‘number of Twitter followers: 0. Still no followers. Still no followers’,” Fielding told the program.
So, singletons rejoice as we list 5 reasons to be excited for the imminent return of Bridget Jones to our bookshelves, movie screens, and hearts.
5. Daniel Cleaver and Mark Darcy
We're all single here, right?
4. Bridget's failings
It's true, the can't-ever-get-it-right character type has grown tired. But that isn't the template being used here. It's a parody of it. Looking to Bridget Jones for love or life advice would be like asking that girl from Revenge how to best close the book on your past and move on or asking Nicholas Sparks how to write characters that are sort of indifferent toward one another and then don't die. Even when you think Bridget is going to get it right, she doesn't. But we love her. Just as she is.
3. The self-defeating sense of humor
This is what makes Bridget Jones irresistible. Defeated over and over again by circumstance, she doesn't give up on herself. Instead, she makes herself laugh.
2. The relentlessly questionable taste
All of the cringe-worthy decisions that would generally have you send your eyes to the back of your head are somehow endearing when executed by Bridget Jones. The outfits and knickers, the fire pole incident in "Edge of Reason," the blue soup...
1. No matter how single you are, you're never as single as Bridget Jones.
For your viewing pleasure, here are the trailers from "Bridget Jones's Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason:"