Singletons, rejoice: Bridget Jones will return in a third novel to arrive next fall, author Helen Fielding has announced.
The book will take place in Jones' stomping grounds of London with the character entering a new chapter of her life.
Fielding, one of the pioneers of chick lit, created an icon out of bumbling, unlucky-in-love Bridget, whose flaws and imperfections endeared her to a captive audience of women who lived vicariously through her romantic dalliances with a caddish publishing exec and a socially awkward lawyer (portrayed in the films by Hugh Grant and Colin Firth, respectively).
Renee Zellweger, of course, played Bridget in the 2001 film adaptation of Fielding's smash novel Bridget Jones's Diary and 2004's Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, based on the writer's sequel.
"She has grown up. I mean, my life has moved on and her life will move on too," Fielding said Wednesday in a BBC Radio interview. "And in the same way as the first Bridget book was looking at the way that a thirtysomething single woman was branded as a tragic spinster -- and then we got the new idea of a 'singleton' -- it's looking at later phases in life where you get branded as a certain thing."
Fielding added that "it's a bit scary bringing out a new one" but that the book was making her laugh and she's enjoying writing it.
There's a third film being planned reuniting Zellweger, Colin Firth and Grant -- and titled Bridget Jones's Baby (which hints strongly at the plot of Fieldings' upcoming novel). And, just in case fans can't get enough Bridget, a musical based on the book-to-film franchise is also in the works.