The author, who became a hero for 30-something single women everywhere, has come out with another diary-style book --13 years after her last one.
Bridget Jones, who was portrayed by Renee Zellweger, now has 21st century problems, as well as dealing with her insecurities that surround calories, cigarettes and alcohol, the 54-year-old author said.
“It’s actually more like ‘number of Twitter followers 0. Still no followers. Still no followers,’” Fielding said, talking about how Bridget starts her entries with a list that normally have to do with her weight, and how much she’s drank or smoked.
The first book, “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” was published 16 years ago, in 1996, and, Fielding said, the prevalence of Internet and social media gave her "a whole new idea for a phase of Bridget’s life."
During an interview with BBC Radio 4’s "Woman’s Hour" she said: "I had new stuff I wanted to say, things that were making me laugh, things that didn’t exist when I wrote the last Bridget, like emails, the way life is lived through texting and Twitter.”
The story will show Bridget more “grown up,” but she is "never going to change really," Fielding added.
The author explained that the book will be published next autumn, and hinted that Bridget tries Internet dating.
“One of the things that’s really interesting to me is the whole world of internet dating where there’s all these cyber presences who aren’t actually real, half of them.”
“And texting, people can have entire relationships via text which are in some ways emotionally fulfilling and serve the purpose of a boyfriend apart from sex and a few other important details.”
A third film has been co-scripted by Fielding, but it is not based on the book. It’s due to come out in 2013, and viewers will get to see Bridget become pregnant.
Fielding believes that most of the success with the Bridget Jones films is that people are able to empathize with her.
When asked why, Fielding said she “like[s] to think Bridget has allowed people, particularly women, to think it’s all right just to be all right, it’s all right just to be a person and sort of muddle through the complicated, overstuffed world that we live in ... you don’t have to be an airbrushed picture in a magazine.”