TODAY | November 04, 2013
>> 14 years ago, and now at 51, bridget has two children and get this has lost her beloved husband mark darcy .
>> helen fielding is the book's author and you can get a chance to talk to with her a little bit later. but first, it's our turn. did you have any idea? first of all, welcome, that this was going to cause such an outpouring grief.
>> she says grief, mourning, all kinds of things. it's quite an homage to the work you've done.
>> it was quite a shock. i knew people wouldn't mind. i wasn't expecting to turn on the news and see the syria crisis and mark darcy is dead on the bbc. but i think it's a tribute, first to jane austen , and then to me, and then to --
>> how is bridget at 51? i have trouble picturing her this old.
>> no, it's very interesting you say that, though, because you have this image of a woman in her 50s.
>> as sort of a tight gray perm and starting to knit and wearing a shawl.
>> not anymore, but there was a day.
>> i wondered, should i put her age or not? and i thought, you know what, i'm going to do it. because what i'm seeing around me is women are still looking great. they've got it all going on.
>> they've got modern technology in there. she goes on.
>> life goes on, love goes on.
>> how is dating for bridget in this technical world?
>> and also, does she have her same problems of self-worth and her weight and all that stuff too?
>> well, i think like most of us, you imagine she was going to change when she got older and actually she hasn't really. but, again, like a lot of women, she finds herself single and the whole landscape has changed. she didn't even have a mobile phone before. texting, there's online dating , the whole thing's completely different.
>> viagra. none of that was there before.
>> did you see the picture of renee zellweger ? we showed a little split screen.
>> i didn't, no.
>> people are wondering if she --
>> a little bit of something happening there.
>> no, i don't think so. i think it's just one of those pictures that you look at and you go --
>> she's famous. and you get photographed.
>> will there be a film?
>> well, i hope there's a film. it's a little early to be making a film, it would be great if they did.
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