I love the visuals of the aristocrats in bridgerton! And the inclusion of black aristocrats! I made a painting that falls in that realm https://www.etsy.com/listing/886296552/our-lady-archival-matte-paper-print-10-x?ref=shop_home_feat_1&frs=1
Your painting is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.
Could Dr.Jackson Avery replace the former Duke of Hastings on the series??
And there are all new covers for the books–think these are the actual actors?
Fun article from Nicola Coughlan about women in TV. I do wonder at the use of the word romance, however, to refer to the friendship between Eloise and Penelope.
I just love all the quotable lines from the show! I thought I’d put this here for any other major fans!
OK. This is totally off color but Kate McKinnon is always on fire.
Phoebe did an excellent portrayal of Daphne’s innocence. She is as cute as can be and even her facial expressions were outstanding. So glad she kept it professional with Mr. Page. He is high risk as far as a relationship, and if he could resist her adorableness, then all the more credit to her. His “live in” certainly isn’t impressive appearance wise. . Phoebe should be as recognized as her costar.
I just finished binge watching the first season. Wow. I am currently in a 27 yr long marriage in which my h has an addiction and he loves me and I love him but my trust has been decimated. As Daphne and Simon’s marriage got worse and worse based on a sincere but proud foolish vow he made, I so so so completely identified with the brokenness and the further and further growing chasm. My heart so identified and mourned with and grieved the loss and pain and fear and need for safety they both felt and had. My feelings could not have been reflected more truly and I will never forget this masterpiece. Sigh.
As a South Asian woman, I’m so excited about this news! I have never ever seen a woman who looks like me in period dramas:) She looks perfect, she has that ‘don’t mess with me look’, which is quintessentially Kate!
I’m excited too!
I’m excited that this means that her family will be South Asian actors/actresses as well – once Kate is cast, that opens up more roles. Of course, it’s going to be a challenge to cast Edwina, because… who is going to be a believable “jewel” compared with this stunning woman? It’s going to be like Bride and Prejudice where Aishwarya Rai was supposed to be less gorgeous than Jaya :)
It’s like you read my mind! I was coming to post exactly what you said above. I immediately thought of Bride and Prejudice as well. How can you find someone more beautiful than Aishwarya?
It makes sense they changed the last name and that the entire family will be South Asian (presumably). IMHO it wouldn’t have sat right if Edwina was a different ethnicity but was touted as the “ beautiful” one. This seems like a better decision.
Yes, it will definitely be like Bride and Prejudice – to be fair, all of the South Asian (British) actresses that I know of are as stunning! Before Simone Ashely was cast, I told my husband that they’ll have a hard job casting someone for Kate, who is believably less beautiful than Edwina because there are so few South Asian British actresses, and they are usually all gorgeous lol. I suppose I felt the same away about the BBC adaptation of Pride Prejudice,I thought Jennifer Ehle outshone the actress playing Jane.
Yes, I thought Jennifer Ehle outshone Susanna Harker as well. It seems very common with P&P. In the Keira Knightly version you could argue that it was equal as both actresses are very beautiful. Same with P&P and Zombies. Both gorgeous women so it’s really a matter of taste.
The actress playing Jaya in B&P was gorgeous but who can outshine Aishwarya? I find myself just looking at her exclusively whenever she is on the screen. She’s one of those actresses I find beautiful and interesting to look at (which doesn’t always happen in combination).
Well at least we can take credit for giving the Bridgerton casting people the idea of looking for a South Asian actress for Kate, Lol. Just kidding of course but it gives me hope they are on the right track for season two.
Might it be that Kate’s family is not South Asian? In the book, Kate’s father is dead and Edwina and her mother are Kate’s half-sister and stepmother. But my hope is that they simplify and make it mother/full sisters and all are South Asian!
Ooh good point Manjari! I completely forgot about that.
Perhaps they will take Regency preferences for delicate, doll-like features and a certain demure way of holding oneself as “more beautiful” than a more commanding countenance and movement pattern? That way, both actresses are gorgeous to our eyes but one is more “regency-attractive” in those ways??
I loved that several ethnic backgrounds were represented. I also wish it was that way in our day to day lives everywhere!
This cracks me up. I am Lady Dabney Frescaton of Tesla. (from https://www.reddit.com/r/BridgertonNetflix/comments/l4n426/fun_gamecreate_your_bridgerton_name/)
Lady Walters Coffeeton of Honda. (I never actually had a middle name, I just use my maiden name since marriage.)
If I went by model I guess it would actually be Lady Walters Coffeeton of CRV, but that doesn’t flow real well!
I did the same thing. With model, my last name would be Y.
I don’t have a car, so I am of nothing. :/
I don’t have a bike either, though I wouldn’t mind riding one for the exercise.
Marian, of course you are something! You are from a long, proud line of Walkers! or perhaps you are from the Marcher branch? :-)
Thanks for the laugh! I guess I’m of the Bus and Subway?
Of legs? ;-)
Heh, for the first time in my life I feel like a Barbie doll. :p
A young person’s show – immature story lines – just different setting. A new genre – historical fantasy? Kinda cool. The clothing was sooo beautiful back then. I can see why young people would like it…something different. A little cliche and not historical but obviously not meant to be. Fun for the kids.
IMHO the only reason this is a “hit” is because people have nothing else to do. The sex added absolutely nothing to this show. In fact it detracted from it’s value. Race is actually an issue not because of the couples, that’s lovely, but because of how minimizing true racial problems are treated. The queen who was a good person IRL was a disgusting human in this show. There are so many things wrong with it I could write a thesis. But hey it’s pretty to look at right? And after all that’s all that seems to matter.
I actually rather liked Queen Charlotte, although I’m not sure liked is the operative word. She’s spoiled, but then she’s royalty and used to getting her way. The scenes with King George are quite sad, as they’d actually had something of a love match. His rejection of her during his episodes of madness therefore touched her as a woman and wife, not as a queen, so were personal and heartbreaking.
Why is this series so unrealistically interracial given the timeframe..
Despite normally being a painful pedant about historical authenticity in books and films, I have to admit I absolutely adored the Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’.
It was a classy, sumptuous, emotional fantasy; and was also in my opinion, brilliant entertainment.
I had seen the trailers and my initial response had been to sniff in disdain. However I watched the entire thing over 2 days at Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed everything – the casting, costumes, locations, external and internal choreography and even the sex scenes. (Admittedly they all seemed to take place over very little time, unlike the books but I thought the ones between the two main characters especially, were very well done).
I don’t think there is any pretence by the makers of this series that they are trying to present historical reality. It is a fantasy, and it is beautifully realised. every interview I have seen by the makers and actors reinforces the fantasy elements whilst keeping so much of the story rooted in the period. A brilliant and inspired idea. I am looking forward to the next series.
I think it’s kind of dangerous to clean up history and pretend that slavery and colonialism had no effect on societies past and present. Denial is dangerous.
I love the show. I’ve watched it several times already.
Perfect cast. I hope they can include ED WESTWICK in
Bridgeton Season 2.
I just finished the first season and I just….really? SHE is the one behind these papers? Where did she get the money? The time? Why wouldn’t she tell her best friend? How was she able to keep all these visits to the printers a secret from her family? (I am not buying the, oh she slips out from EVERY SOCIAL FUNCTION EARLY AND NO ONE NOTICES OR IS SUSPICIOUS AND SHE HAS TIME TO WRITE AND EDIT THE WHOLE THING ON THE WAY THERE??) Perhaps these will be explained later, but it just seems so…thrown in. Yeah I can see some things pointing to her beforehand, but she just doesn’t make sense. Very disappointed. Perhaps the books explain it better. The way the show is done makes it seem like they decided last moment.
In the books, that particular reveal doesn’t happen until book four, although I don’t recall there being much more of an explanation as to how she actually manages it. That said, it’s been a while since I’ve read it – if anyone else has a clearer recollection, please do jump in!
It makes sense in the books. And she’s much older when we learn it’s her so it feels as if she’s had years to figure out how to do it properly. (She’d been Whistledown for 11 years before Colin discovered who she was.)
There’s nothing about sneaking out at balls–she says that because she was a woman and a wallflower and a good listener that people just talked around her, not realizing she listened.
In Romancing Mr. Bridgerton it’s explained in detail how it all came about through a businessman family friend accidentally reading a snarky write up of a ball or event Penelope wrote to amuse herself. He gets the idea to help her launch L.W. and they set up a secret way of her dropping off her writings at a concealed drop spot.
The whole idea of her showing up herself in a carriage at the publishers was made up for the drama of the show. She’s not running from balls to submit stuff in person in the books.
Thank you! That makes a lot more sense! The show obviously is gonna be different but it just really bothered me how she manages to do all that completely unaided, especially the financial aspect and her being fairly young still.
My pleasure. I just reread RMB recently and part of it was to remember how Pen had pulled off the whole Lady W. thing. The TV show had me scratching my head too.
It’s clear in the book that Quinn had thought it all through and come up with something at least based in logic about how Penelope could 1.) get started and 2.) keep from getting caught for so long. Especially in those days, she had to have a male partner and someone involved in business and publishing backing her.
I loved the reveal in the books. In the show… not so much.
I think that’s a problem in TV shows especially. I know Game of Thrones was particularly guilty of it in the last couple of seasons.
When they are rushing the story (here they revealed LW about ten years early in the timeline) or going for a big dramatic visual, then logic and subtlety often goes out the window in favor of a big “Ohhhh” moment for the audience.
WTF is up with those dreadful love scenes? No foreplay, just stick it in and orgasams as abound. I’ve watched more intimate and loving scenes in porn for crying out loud. The wedding night was especially terrible – not that I expected an Outlander love scene, but really, they barely kiss and he’s all “this may hurt” and bam she has an orgasm…ugh. And I agree with others…where’s the chemistry? Where’s the fabulous dialogue? There’s a “clownish-ness” to many of the characters that is supremely off-putting. I expected much more than this POS drivel from Shondaland.
It’s really silly, like a Desperate Housewives (does anyone remember that?) with the background narrator telling the tale. It’s fantasy and really not factual and frivolous..tongue in cheek in every way..but today as today, many will believe it was reality in those times. Peeps believe enough fantasy as is…just an opinion..
On episode 4 – seems coarse, crass, vulgar, virtue signaling and try hardy. I like to watch period dramas for the innocence and romance, the beautiful clothes and eloquent unassuming manners of our ancestors. I’m not looking for masturbation or rants about women’s rights.
And it’s official!
Bridgerton is Netflix’s biggest show ever!
Really! Who woulda thunk it? (said no romance writer or reader ever)
Wow, that’s impressive even considering (according to the article) that anyone who views two minutes of it is considered a “viewer”. It really hit at the perfect time too. Is there anyone who isn’t looking for some colorful escapism?
Netflix ratings should be taken with a grain of salt. Two minutes of one episode is not a fair assessment of viewership.
Yes–but that’s the standard for all Netflix shows so this accolade still applies.
Well…..watched it with my daughter. Setand costumes were fabulous. The rest. Not so much. I miss all the witty dialogue from the book. There were ZERO witty exchanges. Story lines changed and not in a good way. The characters took themselves way too seriously. Way too much Shondaland angst. Theycouldn’t even make the family dinner scene work….What a disappointment. Am rereading the books to get the series out of my head.
I agree they lost the lighter, funnier aspects of that book in translation. I hope they get it right in the second one,
Something lovely I found online:
The Getty museum discusses the art used in the series.
I loved that article. I am currently watching Lupin and am loving how art is used in that show too. Netflix’s art game is STRONG!
So according the the announcement, season 2 will focus on Lord Anthony Bridgerton. Did nobody involved notice that this is not the correct title?