‘Bridgerton’: Is the New Netflix Show Based on a Book?

Bridgerton maybe just the perfect holiday watch. The new Netflix series from action producer Shonda Rhimes and presenter Chris Van Dusen is similar to Jane Austen Gossip Girl. The Regency-set show follows a young woman named Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) who is making her debut on London’s ultra-competitive wedding market. As she is introduced to the high society, she meets Simon (Regé-Jean Page), Duke of Hastings and an eligible bachelor. The two first wish they didn’t want to do anything with each other, but they can’t refuse the draw.

‘Bridgerton’ is based on a book by Julia Quinn

Bridgerton (left to right) Regé-Jan Page as Simon Basset and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton
Regé-Jan Page as Simon Basset and Phoebe Dynevor as Daphne Bridgerton in Bridgerton | Liam Daniel / Netflix © 2020

With only eight programs, Bridgerton flies too soon. As long as it doesn’t have an official word on it Bridgerton Season 2 (though there are rumors the production will start soon), there is another way to dive into the world of the series.

Bridgerton based on a series of historical romance novels by Julia Quinn, set between 1813 and 1827 and following the life of Daphne and her seven sisters, all children of the late Lord Bridgerton. Season 1 story is coming The Duke and I, first book in the series, first published in 2000. Quinn followed that book with seven other novels, including The Lord who loved me and Offer from gentlemen. There’s also a bonus collection of short stories and two novels aimed at Lady Whistledown, the anonymous columnist who reports on the Netflix series. (The character is built by Julie Andrews.)

Julia Quinn says her stories are ‘like a fairy tale’

In an interview, Quinn talked about what it was like to have her books turned into a Netflix series.

“Everyone was in a panic,” after the Netflix series was announced, she said Shondaland. “There was no blueprint for [film and television] change in our gender, ”she said. “There may be a number of Hallmark films, but just for contemporary romance.”

Regarding the claim of Regency romances, set in the early 19th century, Quinn has a theory.

“It’s a long time ago that quality is like a fairy tale in ways that can’t be established in the 20th century,” she said. “And it’s close enough that people were behaving in ways that were still very similar to today’s people.”

She believes that ‘Bridgerton’ will be popular with book fans.

Queen Charlotte in Bridgerton
Golda Rosheuvel as Queen Charlotte enters Bridgerton | LIAM DANIEL / NETFLIX © 2020

Apparently many people find out Quinn books through the Netflix series. But the author told Shondaland that she thinks her work will appeal to long-time fans.

“I think most of them are going to like it,” she said. “I would hope that most people take the advice from me. I’ve seen some say they’re nervous – I’ll get that. I’m nervous, too. But for me, that’s a compliment. ”

However, readers should expect some differences between the book and the TV show.

“I say, it’s not a word-for-word change and it shouldn’t be,” Quinn said. “But the characters and the plot really matter who and what they were in the book, and in particular.”

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