Author Helen Fielding has just announced that she will be releasing her third novel featuring iconic character Bridget Jones. The first two books in Fielding’s series, Bridget Jones's Diary and The Edge of Reason, were both international bestsellers and went on to be adapted into films starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.
It was Bridget Jones that helped to solidify the rise of chick lit in the late nineties, however, the frothy, flirty, often cartoon covered books in this sub genre fell out of favor in the early 2000s. ‘Chick lit’ became a derogatory term to describe a novel featuring a female protagonist who searches for success in both her career and love life. And it was during this time that Bridget and the nearly hundreds of early-twenty-something characters inspired by Fielding’s creation disappeared from bookshelves.
But for those that miss the sarcastic Brit that helped launched a once-popular sub genre, get ready because late next year we will be getting a new Bridget Jones story. While the publisher is not sharing details about the book, including the title, we have learned that Bridget will be living in London and in a “different phase” in her life. (Is anyone else hearing the pitter-patter of baby feet?)
One thing that readers definitely won’t be getting in the 2013 release are hot sex scenes made popular by 50 Shades of Grey. Earlier this year, Fielding told the Telegraph that she would not be including any explicit bedroom scenes. The author says, “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 … I would always be hearing little references to it slipped into conversation — how embarrassing — so now I just don’t do it.”
Sex scenes or not, with over 15 million copies of Fielding’s books already in print, there are sure to be plenty of fans to snatch up her upcoming release. And some are even claiming that the return of Bridget might even herald the rise of the chick lit novel. However, others feel that it never left; the publishers just changed the covers and marketing tactics. After all, there is no shortage of female-focused novels that deal with the modern problems that women face, including careers, men and family. Which is a good thing since Bridget fans have lots of great reads to keep them entertained while waiting for Helen Fielding’s next novel.
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