Jones’ Author Helen Fielding:
Would Like to See’ a Third Film
Jessie Katz | The Hollywood Reporter - November 2, 2013
sat down with Carrie Fisher for a Writers Block-sponsored Q&A in
Beverly Hills to celebrate the continuing adventures of Britain’s most
Jones: Mad About the Boy climbing
the best-seller list in the U.S. and already a firm number one in the
U.K., Helen Fielding appeared in front of a packed house Friday
night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills to answer questions
from fellow writer, Star
and friend Carrie Fisher about her new book.
quickly asked the question on everyone’s minds: Will there be a third
Bridget Jones film?
“Well I don’t know because I’ve only just finished it, really,”
Fielding hedged. “I mean I would like it. I would like to see it be a
She then recalled how wonderful it was to visit the set on the first
movie and watch Colin
words she had written. But she seemed nonplussed about being more
involved in the films, describing a writer’s penchant for being too
overprotective of his or her work, and said she had in fact only visited
the movie set once on each production.
As they settled into the evening’s format – whose formality the
close friends struggled with at first – the stories flowed more
naturally from Fielding, even as Fisher failed to remember ones Fielding
insisted she has told her before.
Fisher has spoken openly and often about her ongoing use of electroshock
therapy as a tool to manage her depression, and the toll it has taken on
her memory was clearly on display.
When discussing the pervasive portrayal of single women in their
thirties as hopelessly alone, Fielding asked if it was Fisher who once
spoke the famous line onscreen about it being easier to be killed by a
terrorist than to get married after a certain age. Fisher responded that
though she was in When Harry Met Sally… it was
quoted the since-debunked Newsweek statistic. (Of
course, all the Nora
in the house knew it was in fact Rosie
spoke the line to Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle, another
Ephron film in which Fisher did not appear at all.)
Memory gaps aside, the audience ate up the banter between Fisher and
Fielding as they retraced Bridget’s history as pop culture’s most
famous “singleton” – a term Fielding thought she coined until she
found out P.G.
coined it fifty years earlier.
When asked about being credited with inspiring an entirely new genre of
fiction, Fielding remembered cringing when Barbara
her the “grandmother of chick lit.”
“I think she meant godmother,” she insisted with a laugh, adding
that she doesn’t feel she invented the genre so much as captured a
zeitgeist of that time.
Of course the biggest charge she’s been faced with recently has been
of murder – the murder of one of her characters, that is.
the gallant love of Bridget Jones’ life, meets his demise in the third
book, leaving Bridget a 51 year-old widow and crushing the hearts of
readers all over the world.
Fielding said she wasn’t thinking about the fans when she wrote it,
but rather that she only ever wanted to write about Bridget being
single, and since Darcy would never have left her of his own choosing,
there was only one way to write him out.
In what was surely one of the more surreal moments in both their
careers, Fielding recalls rushing to get Firth on the phone to tell him
the bad news.
“I had to tell Colin first before anyone else. It was like someone
Soon thereafter Fielding remembers watching the evening news in her
pajamas when the newscasters cut from the crisis in Syria to another
breaking news item: “MARK DARCY IS DEAD.” That’s when she realized
she wasn’t just writing this new one for herself anymore.
But her fans seemed to have mostly recovered and are already looking
forward to the next chapter in Bridget’s saga. “Would you like to
bring Bridget back again at 61?” one woman asked from the audience in
the evening’s concluding moments.
Fielding wavered for a moment before Fisher cut in to answer
emphatically on her behalf. “She’ll do it.”