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'Bridget Jones': Helen Fielding offers hints about third book

Helen Fielding discussed her new book, the third in the 'Bridget Jones' series, during Book Expo America in New York City.

By Staff Writer / June 4, 2013

'Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason' starred Renee Zellweger.

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What will a new book featuring terse diary writer Bridget Jones look like in the age of texting?

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Author Helen Fielding gave a few clues during Book Expo America, which was held in New York City from May 28 to June 1.

The book’s title, “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” came from a version of the song written by Noel Coward, which singer Dinah Washington covered in 1992.

Fielding called the new book “fun,” according to USA Today.

“I'm not trying to write social commentary,” she said.

She mentioned themes including Bridget’s biological clock, the new role the Internet plays in everyday life, and Bridget's struggles with what she sees as women being expected to look like they’re always “on the red carpet.”

“Boy” is planned for an Oct. 15 release.

Fielding’s last Bridget Jones novel, the sequel “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” came out in 1999. The movie adaptation of the first novel starring Renee Zellweger in the title role came out in 2001, delighting many "Jones" fans by casting "Pride and Prejudice" actor Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, the "Jones" hero who is a play on one of Firth's most famous roles, "Pride" character Mr. Darcy.

An “Edge” film adaptation followed the first movie in 2004.

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