Helen Fielding has upset fans over the weekend after publishing extracts from her new book – the latest in the successful Bridget Jones series.
Pieces from the new novel, Mad About the Boy, was published in the Sunday Times Magazine, revealed that the much loved character of Mark Darcy – bridget’s husband and father to her now two children – had died five years earlier.
Played by British actor Colin Firth – famous for reprising the role of another famous Mr Darcy character – in the well-known film adaptations of Bridget Jones, Mark Darcy has been a central character in the continued story. The romance between the two key character shad only just come to fruition in the last novel of the series.
Now horrified fans have taken to social media to grapple with the news that the beloved character has been killed off in the latest instalment.
Taking to Twitter one fan exclaimed: “What the hell is helen fielding playing at in the next bridget jones book!?
Another simply asked: “One word for Helen Fielding: why?!”
Many other distraught fans followed suit with one even suggesting the news had ruined her birthday: “Saw the news about the Bridget jones sequel, it comes out on my birthday and Mark Darcy is DEAD!!!! Awful news #birthdayruined”
Published extracts describe Bridget as a now 51 year-old widow with two children a boy and girl named Mabel and Billy. In true Bridget Jones fashion the character finds herself in the middle of what we can only assume is another disastrous relationship with a 30-year-old toy boy called Roxster – who she coincidentally met on twitter.
Bridget Jones Diary first hit the literary world back in 1996 and the much-anticipated sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, was published three years later.
Written as a mix of personal diary entries and first-hand accounts, the novels chronicle the life of a then 30-something spinster and working woman living in London. The film adaptation, starring American actress Renee Zellweger as Bridget, was released in 2001.
Mad About the Boy will be released on October 10.