The latest entry in “Bridget Jones' Diary" has resulted in an uproar among longtime fans of the series turned major motion picture.
Following the recent release of an excerpt from author Helen Fielding’s latest novel, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy” in the Sunday Times Magazine, fans have revolted regarding one major plot point spoiled in the snippet: the death of Bridget’s longtime love, fictional heartthrob Mark Darcy. According to a report from BBC News, the demise of the longtime character, played by Colin Firth in the two film adaptions, occurs prior to the beginning of the novel.
While the novel has yet to even hit shelves, the web has already exploded with fans thoughts regarding Fielding’s controversial choice of plot. “Dear Helen Fielding: No. No, no, no, no, no. I cannot emphasise enough how much I hate what you've done to Mark Darcy,” said Emma Tofi on Twitter Monday. A fellow Twitter user, @LizDueweke, has similar sentiments. “I can't deal with the new Bridget Jones book,” she wrote, adding, “A world without Mark Darcy? No way.” Twitter user Hayley Rose revealed Monday that the death of Darcy is the “saddest news” she’s ever heard. Follow social media user, Amyliegh Treweeke even claimed the news has made her feel suicical, saying, “Mark Darcy dies in the third Bridget Jones... just gonna kill myself now.”
Fielding, a 55-year-old British native, previously discussed her fears over releasing the latest installment of the Bridget Jones series in June, telling USA Today that keeping the plot a secret “frightened” her. At the time of the junket, Fielding had yet completed the novel and only divulged that Jones was dealing with life as a “singleton.”
According to the Amazon.com pre-order page the book follows Jones, a women living in working in London, on her journey through single motherhood. “Loss, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in—Warning! Bad, outdated phrase approaching!—middle age," reads the books' brief synopsis. According to the BBC, the story will chronicle Jones's challenge of raising her two children, Mabel and Billy, while balancing her new love interest, a 30-year-old man named Roxster.
The book, the latest to be released in the series in fourteen years, will be available for sale on Oct. 15th. Fielding has yet to publicly address the backlash following the reveal of Darcy’s death; The longtime author is scheduled to make her first public appearance following the book release at a Cheltenham Literature Festival speaking event next month according to the BBC.