The Popularity of Netflix’s Bridgerton

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The Popularity of Netflix’s Bridgerton

On Christmas Day, a new Netflix original was released and has become a hit with viewers. Bridgerton is based on the Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn. There are eight books in the series, season one only follows book one, The Duke and I. Season one takes place in the early 1800s; Daphne Bridgerton has just come out into society and is looking for her match, the man she will marry. While the Duke of Hastings, Simon Bassett, returns to London to finish some business, and he neither wants marriage nor children because of his childhood. Season one follows them falling in love with each other.

This book to TV adaptation was produced by Shonda Rhimes so it’s included in the Shondaland franchise. Shonda Rhimes has created the TV show hits, Greys Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and more. Bridgerton became an instant hit and one of Netflix’s most-watched shows in a matter of just two days! 

Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset are played by Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page. The rest of the cast was no less amazing!

One of the creators Chris Van Duessen stated that he wanted the series to, “reflect the world that we live in today” when asked about why parts of the show are historically inaccurate. Regardless that the setting was based in the 19th century, color, race, class, gender, and sexuality are a big part of the world today so they wanted to incorporate them.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to watch Bridgerton, and I agree that it’s addictive. I think one of the reasons for its popularity is the scenery; the land, the houses, the dresses, and the suits add so much to the atmosphere. Its pleasing visuals are reason enough to continue watching. The plot is enjoyable and has a Gossip Girl like effect; there is a character called Lady Whistledown who spreads rumors about London in her newspaper. Lastly, the actors are remarkably talented; the chemistry they have together is amazing. Especially the harmony between Daphne and Simon as the show wouldn’t work if their romance wasn’t epic. 

The series in total has eight books as they’re eight Bridgertons. A possible second season would most likely follow Anthony and his journey of finding love. At the end of season one, Anthony, a viscount, declares that he will try to find a viscountess. However, he does say, “I’ve finally determined the difficulty: love itself. Removing it from all romantic relations shall make me all the better for it.”

The second season may not be released until 2022, so if you haven’t already, go get lost in 1800 London with the Bridgerton family!

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