After 14 very LONG years, Bridget Jones is coming back, both in print and on the bog screen! Knopf officially announced this morning that they will be releasing Helen Fielding’s new book this November, with an initial printing of 250,000 copies. Bridget Jones’ Diary was first published back in 1996 (That makes me feel old!) and it was widely credited for starting the “chick lit” phenomenon. The sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason came out in 1999. Both books have sold over 15 million copies globally, and then were adapted for the big screen, starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.
Very few details have been released at this time, but we do know that time will have passed realistically for our granny panty wearing heroine. She began the series in her 30’s, but the story will take place in modern-day London with Bridget “at a later stage in her life” according to the press release issued today. Helen Fielding says ” My life has moved on, and Bridget’s will move on too. I hope that people will have as much fun reading it, as I am writing it.”
There is a third Bridget Jones movie in the works as well, and although we know very little at this point, we know that Fielding’s new novel will not follow the same plot, which does involve Bridget and Mark having a baby!