Bridget Jones fans' horror at death of Mark Darcy

 
Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones in The Edge of Reason Zellweger was nominated for an Oscar for the role of Bridget

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Bridget Jones fans have taken to social networking to voice their horror at the news that author Helen Fielding has killed off Mark Darcy.

In extracts from her new book, Mad About The Boy, published in the Sunday Times magazine, Bridget reveals that Darcy - her husband and father to her two children, died five years earlier.

Darcy was played by Colin Firth in the Bridget Jones movies.

Chloe Helen Lemmon wrote on Twitter: "One word for Helen Fielding: why?!"

Becky Milborrow asked: "What the hell is helen fielding playing at in the next bridget jones book!?

Fielding is due to speak at next month's Cheltenham Literature Festival.

In the published extracts, Bridget is revealed to have two children Mabel and Billy and a 30-year-old toyboy called Roxster.

Writing on Twitter, Mairi Thomson said: "Saw the news about the Bridget jones sequel, it comes out on my birthday and Mark Darcy is DEAD!!!! Awful news #birthdayruined".

Fielding's first book Bridget Jones's Diary was published in 1996 and a sequel Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason was released three years later.

Written in the form of a personal diary, the novels chronicle the life of a 30-something single working woman living in London.

In 2001, a film adaptation starring American actress Renee Zellweger, with Hugh Grant as womanising Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as Darcy, was released.

Zellweger was Oscar-nominated for the role and, in 2004, the sequel was released, although it was not as critically well received.

Mad About The Boy is out on 10 October.

 

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    Comment number 76.

    A timely reminder for the consumers of art and culture: You don't own it, it's not yours.

    If you want commercially-minded art, I'm sure there are plenty of hacks out there waiting to please you. Maybe they could have a vote on the plotlines ahead of time?

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    Comment number 75.

    Try to remember that this 'dead man' is not real. It's fiction! Instead of getting upset about the death of a non-existent man, maybe be a bit more bothered about things in real life. Real people are dying all around the world. Wake up, people.

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    Comment number 74.

    Exactly! It's up to her what she writes. If you don't like it write your own book!

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    Comment number 73.

    It's a book! A work of fiction. Reality check at isle 2!

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    Comment number 72.

    So what? Children in Syria are dying as well!!!

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    Comment number 71.

    So a spoiler here and about 20 GoT spoilers in the comments. For flip's sake!

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    Comment number 70.

    To all those posting the rather overused and tired cliché of 'Get a life', do remember that you are the ones who have nothing better to do in your own lives than to post inane comments on inane stories. Why not better utilise the minimal spare time that you must have in your incredibly exciting lives by posting something vaguely contributory on a story far more deserving of your high intellect?

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    Comment number 69.

    Just goes to prove that Darcy was only a Star Trek crewman to Bridget after all. Kill him off and there will be a new one in the next episode. Either that or life isn't always a box of chocolates.

    Its absolutely hilarious to hear that the fans are upset. It proves that Fielding has what it takes to get the audience involved in her writing. Gold star for her I think.

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    Comment number 68.

    Don't see what the problem is, the character is about her struggling love life and so of course makes sense to kill of the mark darcy character! Otherwise it would prob be a pretty boring book!

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    Comment number 67.

    Adding a reality check to the fantasy that was Bridget Jones, not necessarily a bad thing, and really, don't people have enough stuff to complain about! A fictional character dies, well blow me down.I lost my partner 2 years ago, death is a part of life, and learning to live with it, and the emotions it generates is real.

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    Comment number 66.

    Let me see if I have got this right. Some people are upset & distraught because an author has killed off a ficitional character in a book? They are just encouraging debate, yes? It's tongue is cheek isn't it? People are not seriously upset? It's so hard to tell via social media. Am all for books encouraging imagination but imaging a fictional character's death is effecting/affecting your life?

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    Comment number 65.

    What really worries me is that if there is another film, Renee Zellweger will have to put on a lot of weight again to play the part. And losing it again now she is older won't be so easy - skin not so stretchy etc.

    Or perhaps the character will be ultra thin, from her grief...

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    Comment number 64.

    My parents always told me that no matter how good something is it should always be kept in moderation. Instead of multiculturalism in moderation we have mass immigration. Now we have commentators posing these questionnaires because they fear we are losing our identity.

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    Comment number 63.

    News............ really? When I clicked on this I expected news of an actor / actress from the film having unfortunately died. Instead it is this utterly unimportant drivel.

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    Comment number 62.

    Reminds me of when something dreadful was happening in the Archers, and my partner burst out: 'it's just a story'; more to protect himself than me I think.

    Some here haven't understood that part of the role of fiction is to make you emotionally literate, by experiencing life from the perspective of others.

    It is a great accolade to Helen Fielding that fans are so caught up in her characters.

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    Comment number 61.

    The Bridget Jones fans who are upset about this should try reading the Game of Thrones novels

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    Comment number 60.

    What idiot decided it was "cool" to spoil this novel for everyone who wanted to read after the first day of its release?

    A really nasty thing to do.

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    Comment number 59.

    I really can't see what the issue is. If Darcy lived, where would the story go? We loved Bridget for her mistakes, her disastrous love life, and for finally getting her man. What next? Bridget the soccer mom?

    I'm looking forward to this next chapter in her life, particularly as it has not followed everyone's expectations.

    If you wanted a different story, write it yourselves!

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    Comment number 58.

    Oh my. That's all I have to say. Oh my.

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    Comment number 57.

    Great spoiler! Why can't the media let us read/see something without spoiling the story. Sad to see Darcy go but even sadder I found out this way!

 

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