Bridget Jones fans v. upset at Mr Darcy's death

Tue Oct 1, 2013 7:01pm EDT
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - Fans of fictional everywoman Bridget Jones have taken to social media to express their outrage that novelist Helen Fielding has killed off love interest Mark Darcy in her latest novel.

In "Bridget Jones: Mad about The Boy", the 30-something London singleton obsessed with her romantic life, weight and cigarette consumption who captured the zeitgeist of the 1990s, has become a 50-something widowed mother of two with a toy-boy.

"SPOILER ALERT:Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! New Bridget Jones book is not what we were expecting," tweeted Amanda ‏@mosschop2000 on Tuesday.

Fielding's original novel "Bridget Jones's Diary" came out in 1996, and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" followed in 1999. The two novels sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

The character's bumbling appeal carried over into two films starring Renée Zellweger as Bridget, alongside Hugh Grant and Colin Firth as Mark Darcy, and spawned a genre of revelatory columns, books, television shows and other movies.

The Darcy figure in Fielding's novels takes his name from the aloof hero of "Pride and Prejudice" created by early 19th century English novelist Jane Austen.

That role was played by Firth in a BBC television adaptation that forged his image as a heartthrob with a scene of him emerging from a pond in a white shirt plastered to his chest.

Some fans refused to accept that Fielding could kill off her Darcy, a brooding human rights lawyer who rescues Bridget from a Thai prison in the second film.   Continued...