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Words do this to us. They feed us even before we see. They build expectations. They are things too. And they lead us to see other things in a certain way. Words activated like and paired with the visual are the message.

WTH, Bridget? WTF, Jennifer?

Andrea Chesney

Okay, try to follow this with us: snarky pissed-off critics are spilling that Brit author Helen Fielding kills off her hero Mark Darcy in the upcoming third installment of her Bridget Jones’ Diary book series titled Mad About the Boy. This character destruction happens so Bridget can have a toy boy, be a single mum and yammer about dating and Spanx and we already fell asleep. Fans of the movie or the original book are expressing dismay all over the place. We smell alternative fan fiction. But in more shocking news, Jennifer Ehle, who played Elizabeth Bennet in the Pride & Prejudice BBC TV series that made Colin Firth famous as the original real Mr. Darcy (see how we got you here? Keep going) in his silences and wet shirt – so much so that he later featured in the Bridget book and was whimsically stunt-cast to play her modern-day Mr. Darcy in the movie – is now up for the role of Anastasia’s mother in the stab-yourself-in-the-eyes movie they are going to pump out of the damp sad trench that is Fifty Shades of Grey

So that means one of the most historically acclaimed novels in the world, which featured an intelligent, spirited young woman back in the 1820s may be bizarrely linked forever to one of the most famous but critically panned books in the world which features as its heroine a young woman with the brain and spirit of a smashed chickpea in 2011–13. Why, Ms. Ehle, why?

To cleanse your brain, we highly recommend the truly way much super better wet-shirted Mr. Darcy (glowering sexy perfect Elliot Cowan) from the more recent fan fiction-meets-sci fi British tv series, Lost in Austen, available in the US on a three-hour DVD. Starring a brilliant Jemima Rooper, it is available at Target.com and also Amazon.com.

 

Image from Amazon.com.

Image from Amazon.com.