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Typically a book comes out before the story is made into a film, but, hey, neither Bridget Jones nor her creator Helen Fielding are necessarily known for following the straight path.

Like the time Jones went to the newsstand to pick up ciggies and missed getting an interview she was on assignment for. Or when Fielding skipped ahead about 20 years for the third installment of her fiction series.

Okay, well, for Jones things worked out; she still got the interview. Things also worked out for Fielding. The third book, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, was embraced by fans and considered a literary success. The story told didn’t actually make it to the big screen, but instead she and the filmmakers backtracked and used material from her original news columns (which kicked off the books and movies), resulting in the forthcoming film Bridget Jones’s Baby (September 16, 2016).

And, now, Fielding is working on another novel, which seems like a companion book to the movie, with the title being Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries.

The book is described as a “somewhat bumpy journey into motherhood” for Jones, with her pregnancy being “full of cheesy potatoes, outlandish advice from drunken singletons and smug mothers, chaos at scans and childbirth classes, high jinks and romance, joy and despair,” with the question looming, “Who is the father?” according to The Bookseller.

If this all sounds familiar, well, it should, as it’s in the trailer for the movie Bridget Jones’s Baby. But we’re guessing the book will have more detail and fill in the blanks, the way books do.

Fielding talks about the forthcoming movie and new book, saying, “At heart Bridget Jones is about the gap between how we all feel we’re expected to be and how we actually are and, as Bridget discovers with her somewhat bumpy pregnancy, how we expect life to turn out and how it actually does. I’m excited to see Bridget’s world on the big screen again, and delighted to be published by Jonathan Cape.”

As well, the publisher chimed in, saying, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to announce that a new Bridget Jones adventure will shortly enter the world. For her millions of fans, Bridget is family and we look forward to welcoming Baby Jones into the fold.”

And they’re absolutely right: The reverse order of the release dates doesn’t really matter. We’re just happy to see good ol’ Bridge happy, and we will take her just as she is.

How are you feeling now that this has all sunk in? 

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By Brigid Brown