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 112.

    Bridgett Jones has been one of my favorites. My friends and I have watched it over and over again. Mark Darcy's role is one of the main reasons it is so great. Don't want, and will not view a version of this great, funny, and heartwarming film that deals with the death of Mark. Too much stress and sadness in life already. I pass!

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    Comment number 83.

    A novel that isn't a re-tread version of the previous two with exact same characters, exact same conversations, & exact same plot line!
    No wonder the fans are up in arms.
    Clearly going to fail.

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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 41.

    Loved the books but the film died with the casting of an American in the lead. I watched the first, was highly pressured into watching the second so no way will I see the third if it comes out as a film. The book? well that was spoilt as well by the visualisation of Bridget in the films - not what she should have been at all.

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    Comment number 35.

    Isn't it up to Helen Fielding to do with what she feels fit with the characters she created? I thinks it's a reflection on today's society where people seem to be more concerned with fictional characters than they are with their own lives. It's time to realise that real people are important and worry about them, not just some words on a page.


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