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Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth (reprising their roles as the titular character and her love interest Mark Darcy in the movie 'Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason', the follow-up to 'Bridget Jones's Diary') immortalised the characters of Helen Fielding's bestselling novels on the big screen.
Upset Bridget Jones fans vent via Twitter and Facebook.
FANS of fictional everywoman Bridget Jones have taken to social media to express their outrage that novelist Helen Fielding has killed off love interest Mark Darcy in her latest novel.
In Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy, the 30something London singleton obsessed with her romantic life, weight and cigarette consumption who captured the zeitgeist of the 1990s, has become a 50something widowed mother-of-two with a toyboy.
“Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! New Bridget Jones book is not what we were expecting,” tweeted Amanda #127.
The Darcy figure in Fielding’s novels takes his name from the aloof hero of Pride And Prejudice created by early 19th century English novelist Jane Austen. That role was played by Colin Firth in a BBC television adaptation that forged his image as a heartthrob with a scene of him emerging from a pond in a white shirt plastered to his chest.
Some fans refused to accept that Fielding could kill off her Mark Darcy, a brooding human rights lawyer who rescues Bridget from a Thai prison in the second film.
“Darcy hasn’t died. Call me stubborn, fine, but I refuse to accept the new book as Bridget Jones canon,” tweeted journalist and author Charlotte Runcie.
Fielding’s publisher, Jonathan Cape, said the new book would “give a voice to the more mature social media-obsessed concerns of the women who grew up with Bridget”, but fans are aghast.
“What?? No!” said a grieving Holly Adderley, one of many British celebrities – including the novelist and former Tory MP Louise Mensch – who took to Twitter in shock.
TV presenter Anne Robinson (of the Weakest Link fame) added: “Mark Darcy is dead. Bridget Jones is a widow!! This is all too much for a lazy Sunday morning.”
Another tweet said: “I really hope this isn’t true”, but from the extracts it does seem to be all too true.
In the book, Bridget laments: “Has it really been five years? Oh Mark, Mark. What am I doing? Why did I start all this? Why didn’t I just stay as I was? Sad, lonely, workless, sexless but at least a mother, a widow, and faithful to their father.” – Agencies
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