It feels like comedy is an essential part of Helen’s outlook – inside and outside of the world of her fiction. During our interview, she inserts gags throughout.
She puts much weight on the value of her comedy writing, including convincing Hugh Grant to come back to the series.
“Write something really funny,” she quips, hinting at potential future novels.
How about more Bridget literature?
“I would never keep churning them out just for the sake of it. That would be too creepy. It would have to be because I just started writing something anyway which turned into Bridget and because I had something I really wanted to say.”
Given how surprised Helen has been by the ongoing success of Bridget over all these years, has she thought much about a legacy for the character? What might become of Bridget in, say, 100 years? Would she mind a remake?
How could she, when Bridget Jones’ Diary itself was inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? Colin Firth’s Mark Darcy character is borrowed straight from the novel.
“It will be a bit like me stealing the plot of Pride and Prejudice to write Bridget Jones’ Diary,” she jokes.
“I told myself, ‘I don’t think Jane Austen would mind. And anyway, she’s dead.’”