The Most Important Lesson From ‘Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy:’ Don’t Text While Drunk

If there ever was a time for Bridget Jones to find her way back onto our reading lists, it’s now.  With Twitter, GIFs, memes, Facebook, etc being all the rage, it was only a matter of time before Ms. Jones tried typing vodka-infused characters into her smart phone (“fizzzzz whooosh”).

Random House will release Helen Fielding’s third novel in the Bridget Jones’s Diary franchise October 15th, but an excerpt was released today via the CBC.  Book #3 finds Jones in present-day London, still writing in her diary but bravely delving into the world of social media:

11.27 p.m. Just presss d SEND. Iss fineisn’t it?

You see, this is the trouble with the modern world. If it was the days of letter-writing, I would never even have started to find his address, a pen, a piece of paper, an envelope, a stamp, and gone outside at 11.30p.m. to find a postbox. A text is gone at the brush of a fingertip, like a nuclear bomb or exocet missile.

Fielding first wrote about Jones’s life as a singleton in the mid-nineties for London’s Independent.  That column became a best-seller in 1996, leading to the hugely successful onscreen adaptation starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.

Though reports of a third Bridget Jones’s Diary film have surfaced, the project has not gone beyond the initial stages.

Hurrah for singletons!