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Helen Fielding has a lot to answer for. She created Bridget Jones — a smart, funny, single woman who was far from perfect. Bridget smoked too much, drank too much and made a mess of things at work. Plus, she was perpetually unlucky in love. So it’s no wonder the books struck a serious chord. Fifteen million copies sold, spawning two popular Hollywood films that starred Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth as the beloved character Mark Darcy. But most importantly, the Bridget books helped start a conversation about what it means to be a single woman in your 30s — and that it’s okay to be a single woman in your 30s. Now Helen — who previously worked in TV journalism (a job that took her to Sudan) and as a newspaper columnist — is back with a new Bridget book: Mad About The Boy. In this one, Bridget is older, she’s on Twitter and she’s single again — a fact that has some fans in an uproar.