Bridget Jones is coming back. After 15 years reveling in the glory that comes with selling approximately 15 million copies of her first book, Helen Fielding claims to have found her “Bridget” voice again.


Whatever you make of that alarmingly quick passage of time, this announcement comes as quite a surprise. Bridget Jones was one character we were pretty sure we’d seen the back of.

And to be frank, I’d much prefer it that way.

The best thing about Bridget Jones was her journey through “singledom”. She was the voice of a generation of women and quite possibly men too, who felt they weren’t good enough for love. And it was a brave, brash, and hilarious insight into the single life.

But Bridget Jones has had her time to shine. From the moment she ran to meet Darcy in that rainy London street, dressed only in her coat and running shoes, she became a character best left to the memory bank; a reluctant and pretty unlikely heroine of her very own, very specific and entirely hilarious take on the single life. What else could we possibly want to know?

According to the publishers, Jones will re-appear in a “new phase of life”. A sentence that filled me with horror - surely not Bridget Jones the mummy blogger? Not that I have anything against mummy bloggers, I hasten to add. It’s just hard to believe that the fretting disorganised, self-destructive mess that was Bridget Jones’s the single woman, could be anywhere as amusing in the grown-up version.
Or could it?

Hours of sleep: 4. Number of coffees drunk: 7. Minutes to oneself: 0

Fielding is not giving much away. In a recent interview on BBC’s Woman’s Hour, she said writing the new chapters had “made her laugh”. And that while most of the main characters will re-appear, some friends will come and go – “just like in real life”.

Apparently Jones will also encounter several challenges of the modern age, like fossicking for Twitter followers and possibly writing a blog (Ah! See above). That said, she’ll also still be fighting the same old, drinking and smoking too much, not exercising enough demons that made her so loveable in the first place.

As Fielding herself puts it: “She’s a bit more successful, but she’s never really going to change.”

So let’s just leave it at that, shall we?

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    • acotrel says:

      05:53am | 13/11/12

      Many women want equal rights, and we have chick flicks showing their inadequacies ? It might make a story, but how true is it ? Perhaps it shows a stereotype and sets an expectation ?

    • Fiddler says:

      07:23am | 13/11/12

      you don’t need to see a movie, all you need to do is let them put their guard down and you will find that pretty much all women are ruled by their insecurities

    • Lucy Kippist

      Lucy Kippist says:

      07:40am | 13/11/12

      i’m pretty sure that characteristic is human, Fiddler, not female.

    • Author says:

      07:47am | 13/11/12

      Pretty sure you will see female insecurity long (decades) before a male reveals it.

    • Fiddler says:

      07:53am | 13/11/12

      true, but since I don’t date guys it isn’t relevant to me wink

    • Null and Void says:

      08:03am | 13/11/12

      I’m not ruled by insecurities and I don’t really know and women who are. I think you’re generalising a bit too much, Fiddler, and you look silly.

      And it’s just a story. A really dated one but a story nonetheless.

    • I hate pies says:

      08:04am | 13/11/12

      Nope, sorry Lucy, that’s a woman thing. Men, by and large, are naturally more secure than women.

    • Chris says:

      08:15am | 13/11/12

      But women ARE mostly ruled by their insecurities, Lucy.

      Men are not.

      Fact.

    • CC says:

      08:31am | 13/11/12

      @Lucy I disagree.  Psychology 101 tells us (in general) men are more left brain dominant, women are more right brain dominant.  In brief - A person who is “left-brained” is said to be more logical, analytical and objective, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective.

      Left brain is the logic brain, right brain is the emotional brain.  Women also are exposed to hormanal changes regularly as part of their cycle, this makes them more prone to acting on emotion but of course this doesn’t apply to EVERY women, there are exceptions to every “rule” (or in this case generalisation)

    • Michael says:

      08:55am | 13/11/12

      Pies, i would argue that men are conditioned from a very young age to assert themselves and deny any vulnerability,  The reaction a person has to their assertion being challenged is where you will see evidence of their insecurity.

      People are the same as each other, we just play it out differently depending on culture, gender and a bunch of other ideas we have about ourselves.

    • che says:

      09:11am | 13/11/12

      Chris, men are not ruled by insecurities? As a statement of fact? That is the funniest thing I have ever seen on this site, thanks for the morning chuckle.

    • SydneyGirl says:

      09:16am | 13/11/12

      acotrel it depends on the decade.

      My Brilliant Career, as an e.g., ended with a heroine who said goodbye to the handsome suitor.  Maybe by the 90s women were secure enough in real life to watch insecure women on the screen. Today Bridget is irrelevant (the point of this article) - a girl can choose between vapid Bella or feisty Katniss.  Like Rolling Stones fans, only the nostalgia trippers will watch any Bridget reboot.

      You do know what’s in a book or on the screen is like not real?!

      PS: I can’t speak for women but the number of men who rush to The Punch to declare the faults of womanhood certainly speaks of some deep seated….insecurities?!

      PPS: When are they going to make the Daria movie!!!!!!!!!! Actually don’t, we will just enjoy the original Daria!

    • Claudia says:

      11:51am | 13/11/12

      Yup, nothing screams “I’M SECURE! DON’T TOUCH ME!” than logging onto a blog with a screen moniker and bleating about how secure you are. Whether you’re a man or a woman, that’s weak. It’s really, REALLY weak.

    • MP says:

      02:55pm | 13/11/12

      Yeah acotral, does the movie “Dumb and Dumber” shows a stereotype too ?

    • adolon says:

      05:34pm | 13/11/12

      Hey Lucy, you’re absolutely right; don’t worry about any of those responses to the contrary, because they’re full of it.

      ‘Psychology 101’, my left nut. If they tell me which Introductory Psychology subject this was, at which uni it was run, and most importantly, what decade… I suppose insecurities play no part whatsoever in the numbers of Australian men suffering from alcohol and drug abuse, and mental health issues right? Men aren’t concerned about the changing face of masculinity in the face of social change either, right? What a crock.

      Putting your fingers in your ears and shouting ‘La la la, men don’t suffer from insecurities because several decades old science and modern pseudoscience bestsellers say so’ isn’t going to do anything about the above.

    • iansand says:

      07:32am | 13/11/12

      The first sentence of the original novel tells you everything you need to know about Bridget Jones.  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

    • marley says:

      08:00am | 13/11/12

      Are you saying she plagiarised Jane Austen?

    • Anne71 says:

      08:22am | 13/11/12

      You do know that sentence is a quote from “Pride and Prejudice” don’t you, iansand?

    • SZF says:

      08:26am | 13/11/12

      Of course iansand, you mean the “original novel” to be Pride and Prejudice…right…?

    • Tubesteak says:

      08:26am | 13/11/12

      Waaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiit a minute that wasn’t Bridget Jones!  ......... ooohhhhh I see what you did there.

      Only it’s the opposite these days. A man in possession of a good fortune is smart to steer clear of wives. Much better to play golf, go fishing, go to the gym, watch the cricket, watch action movies and have a lot of eager women on speed dial/have an active online “dating” profile.

      I suppose Fielding is looking to make some more money from desperate older women hoping to believe that their shambolic existence and low income potential means they can still net the handsome man with a good income (who in reality would be going for women 15-20 years younger than them)

    • Joolz says:

      09:23am | 13/11/12

      Fielding used Pride and Prejudice - she quoted it, she copied the story the hero’s name. She made Mark D’arcy proud and conceited.

      She’s admitted it openly in interviews. She said she was asked, after years of writing the column, to turn it into a book and she thought she may as well replicate one of the most successful novels in history.

    • Modern Primitive says:

      09:51am | 13/11/12

      And why not tubesteak.  50 shades of mysogony and controlling vampire love interest did exactly that. Where there are buyers, there are suppliers.

    • expat says:

      01:57pm | 13/11/12

      Priceless Tubesteak!

    • Joolz says:

      08:50am | 13/11/12

      Oh, Lucy! you disappoint me!

      I loved Bridget Jones - the books and the films - she reflected what so many of us were going through.

      I remember going to things with my paired up friends and it would be Tom and Mandy, Mel and Dan, Mike and Jen, Dave and Kate, Bill and Ben and Joolz. The end stop line of the iambic pentametre party.

      I endured all my parents’ friends asking if I was seeing anyone and the benchmark of success being if I was married, how much he made and how many kids I’d spat out.

      And as disorganised as she was, she had a mortgage on that tiny little flat of hers. She kept a job in a publishing house and moved into television.

      She paid her poll tax - or so she thought until she realised she wasn’t on the electoral roll. But who hasn’t turned up for an election to find they were knocked off because they werent’ at home when the AEC turned up for an audit?

      So I am sorry, this is good news for me and I will enjoy it. Love it, rather! Love it!

    • Rose says:

      09:03am | 13/11/12

      Lucy, why don’t you wait for the new book to be completed, published and released before you decide it’s not worthy? You know, actually read it before pretending to be an authority on whether or not it has value. You could even ignore it, don’t buy it, don’t read it and therefore remain completely untouched by the new book, whether it be good, bad or indifferent.

    • Trebor says:

      09:23am | 13/11/12

      I loved the Bridget Jones books and films. If there’s to be another book, bring it on!

    • Ally says:

      10:11am | 13/11/12

      So is this just Helen Fielding polishing up and adding to the new instalments she wrote a few years ago?

      Personally, I think the first book was the best, probably because she was just reinventing Pride and Prejudice and had Jane Austen’s characters and plot to draw on.

    • Michellemac says:

      11:56am | 13/11/12

      I’d love to see what happens with her. Bridget Jones’s diary was of a specific time and place in my life when I was a 20-something Aussie working in London. I discovered it as a column in the Independent and used to relish getting to the part of the newspaper with Bridget in it. The book was very well done using Pride and Prejudice ...the casting of Colin Firth was a stroke of genuis in the movie.

      I can’t wait to see what she does with a Middle Aged Bridget clinging to her youth and competitve-mumming down at the school gates.

    • Michellemac says:

      12:04pm | 13/11/12

      Also LOL at ‘exercising’ her demons…does this mean it will have buff teenage werewolves and vampires in it as the modern update of the Pride and Prejudice 1990s phenomenon?

    • Fiddler says:

      01:29pm | 13/11/12

      if she “exercies” her demons maybe she will take them to the gym or something

    • Audra Blue says:

      01:07pm | 13/11/12

      I had a very love/hate relationship with the first movie (never read the books and only saw a bit of the second movie).  I thought the movie was quite funny and the characters just nutty.  I also thought that Bridget was way too ditzy a character for a charming, educated guy like Darcy to fall in love with.  And her weight also gave me the shits.  She was supposed to be dumpy, overweight and blobby.  But the character looked just fine in that movie.  Bridget was a normal weight and actually looked quite good (woeful fashion sense aside).

      I found it difficult to fathom what he saw in her with the smoking and drinking and bad food habits and lack of ability to get her life in order.  But I guess some guys like women they can rescue.

      And, yes, I do understand it was fiction but I’m sure there are real life examples of that too.

    • ByStealth says:

      02:36pm | 13/11/12

      I doubt there are many real life examples of successful men who have a hankering for neurotic, overweight women who don’t have their lives together.

      Just like ‘50 Shades’ and most chick-lit, you’ll find an alpha tier man pursuing the everywoman. Obviously it appeals to the reader who is likely to be an everywoman herself and wants to feel good about herself by dreaming for a few hours that she doesn’t have to change anything in her life to land the man of her dreams.

      To be fair, it goes both ways. There are plenty of romantic comedies surrepticiously aimed at men where a geeky everyman will land the hottest babe by ‘being himself’. Think ‘Knocked Up’, ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’, ‘She’s Out of My League’ etc

    • John says:

      02:27pm | 13/11/12

      Bridget Jones’ Dairy - milking every last drop from the old cow

    • Anjuli says:

      03:47pm | 13/11/12

      I’m with you Joolz,  .

    • Kel says:

      06:40pm | 13/11/12

      I don’t think I could bear another few hours of listening to Zellweger’s ridiculous attempt at an English accent…

 

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