Bridget Jones fans have reacted with outrage to the news that author Helen Fielding has made her unlucky-in-love heroine a widow in her latest novel.
Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth on the big screen opposite Renee Zellweger as Jones, has been killed off in the upcoming "Mad About the Boy," according to exclusive extracts printed in Britain's Sunday Times.
In the book, Jones is a mom of two who's romancing a 30-year-old boy toy named Roxster, and readers are not happy that Fielding's leading lady is single again.
In a post on Twitter, one fan writes, "One word for Helen Fielding: why?!" while another rants, "What the hell is helen fielding playing at in the next bridget jones book!?"
Fielding's last volume, 1999's "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," ended happily with a marriage proposal from Darcy. His cause of death is to be revealed in flashbacks in "Mad About the Boy," set to hit shelves in October.
The author either had to kill off the husband or have them get a divorce. Not much of a plot in a happily married couple struggling to raise a family. Every sit-com on TV does this daily. Plus, it's her stinking book, she can do what ever she wants to guarantee yet another sequel. Conan Doyle was the only author I've heard of who had to change his mind about making the reading public unhappy. The last Holmes movie followed that trend to set up for yet another sequel. I wonder if he will meet Ironman?
Everybody expects another Harry Potter book to miraculously appear... and they may be right. I for one am still waiting for The Beatles to get back together.