The latest edition to the Bridget Jones saga, 'Mad About The Boy', dubbed a 'disappointment', not believable and 'posh' by online critics.
The drastic new backstory for one of the world's best-loved middle class but mediocre characters has already caused a major stir among Jones fans since it was revealed, and it seems that it has put a considerable downer on the entire novel.
The other week, fans flooded Twitter and Facebook to offload their anger and grief at the fact that Helen Fielding has killed off the 'Pride and Prejudice' inspired Mark Darcy, leaving Bridget a wealthy widow and single mother of two.
'Bridget Jones's Diary' suffers a casualty as the author, Helen Fielding, kills off Mr Darcy.
The Author of 'Bridget Jones's Diary' has horrified fans with the death of Bridget's Husband, Mark Darcy.
Helen Fielding returned to column writing with a shocking announcement.
The 55-year-old published an extract from her new book 'Mad About The Boy' in today's (Sept 29th) Sunday Times Magazine, and revealed that Jones is back as a 51 year-old mother of two but she also is a widow.
Continue reading: 'Bridget Jones's Diary' Shocks Fans With The Death Of Mark Darcy
She's still working on the book, so don't take that already vague release date too seriously, but Helen Fielding's popular Bridget Jones' diary is to return in the form of a third book, with the third film also set for 2013
Fielding's literary agents, Aitken Alexander Associates, say there is no concrete date as Helen "is still writing the book" and a spokesperson told Newsbeat, they are "under the impression it could be on sale in October of this year". So with the new film already having been confirmed, will the book be focussed on Bridget Jones' baby? We think it will be. Any news on the franchise has been minimal, but speaking to BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour last November, Fielding said: "I'm having a lot of fun and it's very funny and it's making me laugh." Now all she's got to do is make us laugh!
The Jones' Diary books actually started as a column in the independent before Fielding turned her character into a worldwide household name. Both of the existing books sold more than 15 million copies and are published in more than 40 countries around the world. The subsequent films were also instant Brit-hits, taking more than $280 million (£178m) at the box office.
Continue reading: New Bridget Jones' Diary Book Set for Autumn, New Film To Follow