07:35 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Bridget Jones's Diary
Originally posted 02/05/2013 12:30PM
Bridget's back – and better than ever?
It's been 14 years since readers last heard from frumpy, lovelorn, calorie-counting Bridget Jones, memorably played on film by Renée Zellweger.
Now author Helen Fielding is readying a brand-new Jones novel, but don't expect her lovable protagonist to be exactly the same this time around.
According to a press release about the book obtained by the New York Times, the book will take place in present day London and "represents a totally new phase in Bridget's life."
Considered by some to be a possible Fielding alter-ego, the author explains: "My life has moved on and Bridget's will move on, too."
Originally posted 04/28/2011 12:20PM
Bridget Jones fans, take heart: The plucky, hilarious heroine is poised to make her return.
The wine-guzzling, weight-checking, big undies-sporting star of the 1996 smash novel Bridget Jones's Diary and its 1999 sequel – both brought to life on film by Renée Zellweger – is "just turning 40," says author Helen Fielding, who is currently writing the third book in the series.
"Bridget is struggling with baby issues – that sort of baby panic," Fielding tells PEOPLE. "It's going to be talking about babies and life and really the theme of it is expectation: the way life never turns out quite the way you expect."
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