Spoiler Alert (if you haven’t already heard)
I was looking forward to reading the third installment of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary series (due out in October). I am a massive fan of the books and movies, as most females are, and I was eager to find out how life was going to be for Bridget and Mark Darcy after their happily ever after. Now I’m not so eager to read Mad About the Boy. Why? Because I’m mad with the author.
If you don’t already know then I’m sure I won’t be spoiling the plot by telling you what is already all over the internet (read here for more info) – revealed by Helen Fielding herself. Mark Darcy is dead. Yes, the character we all swooned over and cheered for Bridget when she finally nabbed him has been killed off in Mad About the Boy. The story will instead focus on Bridget being single again, in her fifties and raising two children while returning to the dating scene.
It’s the equivalent of Jane Austen writing a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and killing off Mr Darcy. Or Stephanie Meyer deciding to kill of Edward in Twilight. Or J.K. Rowling deciding to kill off Ron or Hermione rather than a few minor characters in Harry Potter. It’s just not giving the fans what we want. It’s almost like Helen has decided to go all George R. R. Martin on us by ruthlessly killing off a much-loved character.
But, rant aside, I guess I can understand. Bridget Jones always represented singletons, in particular single women in their twenties and thirties, out there in the dating field. Bridget was someone a little overweight, just a bit dysfunctional, coping with life and love while hoping to find ‘the one.’ Having found her partner, she was no longer single. Mad About the Boy could not really follow the same subject matter as the first two books without Mark Darcy being out of the picture. Helen Fielding apparently wants to explore Bridget being single in the social media age. But to kill Mark off? It seems a bit extreme.
Surely there were other directions the plot could have taken? Couldn’t Bridget and Mark be on a trial separation, allowing Bridget to play the field a bit before they got back together? Or could these two terribly different people just have gotten a divorce? Death is a little bit final to me. And are you, like me, picturing the third movie without Colin Firth in it? If I’m honest, that’s probably why I’m so upset.Those two movies have gotten me through some tough times. Better than eating a tub of ice cream! How can any other literary male live up to Mark Darcy? Unless Helen Fielding brings Daniel Cleaver back into the picture …
Also, it would have been good to see Bridget coping with a steady relationship/married life rather than being single again.
I don’t want to read Mad About the Boy out of protest, but I admit to being curious. I might have to check in and see what Bridget is up to. But (sob) it won’t be the same without everyone’s favourite Mark Darcy.
Are you going to read Mad About the Boy?