Fans of the popular "Bridget Jones Diary" series are outraged over a spoiler revealed in an excerpt of the third installment of the saga: Mark Darcy is dead and Jones is now a widow.
Excerpts of Helen Fielding’s upcoming book, “Mad About The Boy,” that were published by the U.K.'s Sunday Times Magazine on Sept. 29, reveal that Jones is dealing with Darcy's death.
“Why didn’t I just stay as I was. Sad, lonely, workless, sexless ….but at least a mother, a widow, and faithful to their… Faithful to their father,” the excerpt reads.
Bridget Jones became a cultural phenomenon after the first two novels starring a spinster looking for love ("The Bridget Jones Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason") sold over 15 million copies worldwide and were later adapted into two blockbuster films starring Renee Zellweger as Jones and Colin Firth as Darcy.
Fans were delighted to see Jones finally marry Darcy in the 1999 book "The Edge of Reason." However, the new excerpt reveals that the eternal bachelorette is not yet living the happy ever after she deserves.
Some fans expressed their disappointment via twitter.
Helen Fielding, how could you?! #RIPMrDarcy— Sarah Biddlecombe (@_sarahstweets) September 29, 2013
While introducing the book at the Book Expo of America in June, Fielding explained that Jones's problems are different than they used to be because she is older.
“Bridget’s now basically trying not to lose the children by checking Twitter followers while they’re up a tree, that kind of thing,” the author explained. "She is older, so the same way I was looking at the problems of being single at thirty-something, now I’m looking at being older.”