JQ is interviewed by Alison Flood and talks about the Bridgerton show, the cast, THAT scene, and more. Here’s an excerpt:
The show switches the race of some of Quinn’s key characters, who are white on the page: the duke is played by Regé-Jean Page, while Adjoa Andoh is the magnificently acerbic dowager Lady Danbury. “I think it’s wonderful and joyous,” says Quinn. “Previously, I’ve gotten dinged by the historical accuracy police. So in some ways, I was fearful – if you do that, are you denying real things that happened? But you know what? This is already romantic fantasy, and I think it’s more important to show that as many people as possible deserve this type of happiness and dignity. So I think they made the absolutely right choice, bringing in all this inclusivity.”
The Washington Post
Written by author Vanessa Riley.
“Race is celebrated. Regé-Jean Page, Adjoa Andoh and Golda Rosheuvel play Black characters, not amorphous shape-shifters with tans. “Bridgerton” entwines culture into the story but without the burden of the colonial past. With everything from the solidarity dap, the arm tap between Hastings and Mondrich, to a jeweled Afro-pick comb, Black is on the screen. It’s bright and happy and shiny in a post-racial afterglow.
The duke, the lady and the baby-face queen — these characters’ struggles are not framed by slavery or prejudice. The Duke of Hastings is broken, consumed by a vow made against a horrid father. Lady Danbury’s pain is physical. Her knees aren’t as adept as her meddling. Queen Charlotte seeks excitement to avoid hours of dwelling on her husband’s mental illness. These troubles are universal. They hit at the soul. Viewers of color can feel safe watching the story without waiting for that moment when our breath is punched from our lungs because of an epithet, an othering action or plot point constructed on historical pain, pain that still runs deep.”
New York Times
Quoted from the article’s beginning:
The new Netflix series “Bridgerton” joins a tiny but growing handful of prestige shows adapted from mass-market romance books. What took so long?
Chris Van Dusen doesn’t describe himself as an avid romance reader. “I’ve dabbled,” he said in a recent interview. “I wouldn’t say that I have romance books lining my bookshelf.”
But as the creator of the new Netflix series “Bridgerton,” a courtship tale set in Regency England and executive produced by Shonda Rhimes, he joins a curiously exclusive club — the men and women bringing popular romance novels to television.
In the book world, romance is big, occasionally bodice-ripping business. Romance novels sell tens of millions of copies each year, with approximately 10,000 new titles appearing annually. “Our industry keeps the book industry running,” said LaQuette, the president-elect of the Romance Writers of America.
But even as networks and streaming services slaver over intellectual property with prearranged fan bases, few mass-market romance novels have found their way to screens. Character-driven and story rich, they would seem to have a lot of what television wants. But showrunners have played hard to get.
“Among romance readers, there’s been a kind of puzzlement,” said Eric Murphy Selinger, an executive editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies and a professor of English at DePaul University. “Why yet another superhero show? Why yet another detective show? Why yet another reboot when here are all of these interesting novels?”
Finish reading Alexis Soloski’s article on The New York Times online. If you don’t have a paid subscription to The New York Times, you can make a limited account for free. Simply click here to open the article, and sign up for a free account.
Good Morning America
JQ, along with series showrunner and creator Chris Van Dusen, share inside secrets with Good Morning America as the show enters its fourth day of streaming worldwide. Check out the video!
Julia talks with OprahMag.com…
on how involved she was with the script.
on showrunner Chris Van Dusen making changes from the book.
on meeting the real Duke of Hastings, Regé-Jean Page.
on visiting the Bridgerton set.
on the period drama’s multiracial cast.
on what Quinn would like to see in future seasons.
on potentially writing more Bridgerton books.
on her favorite Bridgerton sibling.
From the article:
“As an adaptation of romance author Julia Quinn’s beloved Bridgerton novels, the show is pitch perfection. Creator Chris Van Dusen has brought Quinn’s first novel in the series, The Duke and I, to soapy, sexy, and scathingly funny life all while teasing out future heartaches and rival happily ever afters. Bridgerton is a deceptively genius show that will seduce viewers as easily as any rake in any romance novel steals his lady’s heart. It is that damn fun and that damn good. Bridgerton is historic romance gold.”
“The whole show is a celebration of the straight female gaze, making the men the objects of sexual desire on screen and prioritizing feminine pleasure.”
“Ultimately what makes Bridgerton such a gem is its adoration of the historic romance genre. The attention to detail in this show doesn’t cater to fussy historic accuracy, but the way the romance genre drowns readers in fantasy.”
From the article:
“At the end of this miserable year, at least there is Bridgerton, arriving this holiday season like a frivolous but fulfilling present. The show is a Shonda Rhimes–produced adaptation of Julia Quinn’s series of romance novels of the same name…”
“The series tells that story with sparkling momentum, pausing at all the moments when one character or another wrestles with unexpected feelings, then prodding them forward before anyone can wallow for too long. Like the best romances, it marches its protagonists through agony (loathing, hidden lust, buried secrets) with regular intervals of relief, only to reinstate them in some even more unbearable state of tension.”
“A beguiling example of what can happen when romance is allowed to belong to characters who aren’t all straight and white, and a fanfare-and-confetti reminder of what the genre can be at its best.”
December 19, 2020
Have you seen the BRIDGERTON official trailer? It dropped last week, and in the first 24 hours alone it was viewed 3.3 million times. Are you ready for the premiere? On December 25, worldwide, everyone can start watching!
Season 1 of Bridgerton is based on The Duke and I, book 1 in the Bridgerton series. Get a taste for the characters and some backstory in the Prologue & Chapter One, or listen to five minutes of the prologue right here on JuliaQuinn.com. (Note from TeamJQ: the audio excerpt inexplicably starts nine paragraphs into the Prologue, and ends before Chapter One starts. We recommend reading and listening.)
Did you know that TeamJQ has built a hub on JuliaQuinn.com where the show and the books come together? Simply click on any top-of-page banner, like this one for instance:
or any BRIDGERTON “B”, peppered around the site.
On that page you can find the trailer (and other videos), links to all the book excerpts (and the series reading order), photos from the show, select news articles (curated by JQ), and links to the many JuliaQuinn.com Bridgerton Bonus Features, including the poignant essay JQ wrote about how she dreamed up the character of Lady Whistledown, the Bridgerton Family Tree (available on a mug as well, because, why not?), and much, much more.
Only a few more sleeps until BRIDGERTON drops on Netflix!
New York Times
Quoted from the article’s beginning:
Shonda Rhimes generally doesn’t pay much attention to the breathless fan chatter around her television shows. (It’s because she’s too busy, she said, not because she doesn’t care.)
But in the lead-up to the premiere of “Bridgerton,” the first original Netflix show under the Shondaland banner, she found herself watching a fan video in which a young woman plays the show’s trailer and records her in-the-moment reactions. In the video, the YouTuber, a devotee of romance novels, said that television was finally taking her genre seriously, Rhimes recalled.
The prolific showrunner does not consider herself an avid romance reader, but she devoured Julia Quinn’s “Bridgerton” series about the moneyed marriage market of 19th century England, and like the fan, she did not understand why more books of that genre have not been adapted onto the screen, while Jane Austen novels have been wrung dry.
“It’s fascinating to me that no one has really done it before,” said Rhimes, an executive producer on the show. “Romance novels really lend themselves to the TV genre. They’re visual; they’re well paced; they have great plots.”
Finish reading Julia Jacobs‘ article with its gorgeous, lush photos on The New York Times online. If you don’t have a paid subscription to The New York Times, you can make a limited account for free. Simply click here to open the article, and sign up for a free account.
Quinn spoke to Shondaland about seeing the transformation of her stories onto the screen, her thoughts on the already established fandom surrounding the books and what scene she really wished made it into the show.
“Every character is dripping in jewels, feathers and finery, hellbent on outshining one another. There are silk gowns rendered in ice-cream pastels, acid-bright florals, acres of ruffles, rhinestone-encrusted puff sleeves and wigs that could rival Marie Antoinette’s.
The person responsible for these flamboyant outfits is 71-year-old New York native Ellen Mirojnick, the prolific costume designer behind cult hits such as Fatal Attraction (1987), Wall Street (1987) and Basic Instinct (1992).”
The Oprah Magazine
Netflix’s new period drama Bridgerton doesn’t stream until Christmas, but we’re already counting down the days.
Based on Julia Quinn’s beloved historic romance novel series of the same name, the show is the first of eight that will be created for Netflix by Shonda Rhimes’s production company Shondaland (Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal anyone?)
“I’ve been a fan of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series since I can remember,” Rhimes tweeted. “The originality. The sexiness. The storytelling. Everything about it. I quickly knew that @shondaland had to turn them into a series.”
Slate spoke to costume designer Ellen Mirojnick to find out how she approached the task of creating intentionally gaudy dresses and how much historical accuracy played into her design process.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Regency romance must be in want of glittering ballrooms, witty banter, a dashing leading man, and a piquant heroine.”
“Bridgerton, Netflix’s first scripted title with über-producer Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland production company — has all of this in abundance. Not to mention a diverse cast that’s a far cry from the typical lily-white hues of Jane Austen adaptations and their ilk.”
November 10, 2020
On the new cover of The Duke and I: Daphne Bridgerton and the Duke of Hastings as you’ll see them when BRIDGERTON premieres on Netflix on December 25. This new edition will be available in both trade paperback and the new mass market MAX size and will be start shipping on December 1. JQ loves this shot of actors Phoebe Dyvenor and Regé-Jean Page, and hopes you do, too!
But first: it’s an ebook sale! JQ’s most recent book, First Come Scandal, is just $2.99—November 10 through November 17.
First Comes Scandal is book 4 in the Bridgerton prequel Rokesby series. You do not have to read the books in order, but if you prefer to, Because of Miss Bridgerton is book 1, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband is book 2, and The Other Miss Bridgerton is book 3.
November 2, 2020
If there is a scandal, Lady Whistledown will surely uncover it.
Bridgerton premieres Dec 25.
Romance At A Glance
JQ talks about her favorite books as a child, her reading journey into Romance, life in quarantine and tv recommendations, the journey from book to film/Netflix for her Bridgerton series, and gives her advice on how to maintain a long marriage.
Run time: 01:14:31
“Bridgerton, a Regency-era drama (think Jane Austen) based on a series of romance novels by author Julia Quinn, will be here as a Christmas gift to all of us. The eight-episode series drops on Dec. 25.”
October 15, 2020
You are cordially invited to the event of the season… BRIDGERTON, from Shondaland, premieres December 25, only on Netflix.
Update NOV. 2: Catch the teaser trailer!
October 13, 2020
You can now follow BRIDGERTON on social media. (And trust us, you’re going to want to.)
While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow BRIDGERTON’s stars on Instagram:
“We’ve found the show that promises to fill the Downton Abbey-size hole in our television-watching schedules, and it’s called Bridgerton. The upcoming series is a new Netflix drama created by Chris Van Dusen and produced by Shonda Rhimes, who created such long-running and lauded shows as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, and Private Practice.”
“The new series is based on the popular Bridgerton novels by Julia Quinn. The books are historical romances set in 1800s London that follow the romances of the eight Bridgerton siblings: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. The books have sold millions of copies around the world, and they have been translated into 32 languages.”
“The Bridgerton series focuses on the romantic entanglements of the eight — yep, you get it now — Bridgerton children: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. They are an immense, well-off, smart-mouthed, profoundly well-intentioned family with residences in London and others scattered around the English countryside. They also share an unerring sense of falling in love with people who are…complex, like Duke Simon Basset, played by Reg-Jean Page, above. Their antics are overseen and judged by the straitlaced ton, the social circle of debutantes and desperate mothers looking to make good (read: wealthy) matches for their offspring. The whole mix of honorable and catty in the milieu is very, very Shonda.
“Good news: Shondaland has aggregated every actor you’ve ever liked in a small role and elevated them to a lead, put them in glorious costumes and filmed them in some of the most scenic parts of England, like Bath. If there is one show next year that is going to push costume drama glam to the max and make stars out of its cast, it is this one.”
DEADLINE | HOLLYWOOD
The article begins:
“DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE: Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music star Julie Andrews is the first actor officially cast in Shondaland’s Untitled Bridgerton Project, an hourlong period series for Netflix based on Julia Quinn’s bestselling series of novels. Andrews will voice-over the pivotal character of Lady Whistledown in eight-episode series, slated to premiere in 2020.”
JQ’s Bridgertons are highlighted partway into the article with:
“Set between 1813 and 1827, the Bridgerton Series is a collection of eight novels, each featuring one of the eight children of the late Viscount Bridgerton: Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory, and Hyacinth. Lady Whistledown’s gossip columns “narrate” the first four books. Additionally, the character headlined two novellas that are part of the franchise, The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown and Lady Whistledown Strikes Back.”
June 19, 2019
We have our first piece of casting news for the upcoming Bridgerton Netflix series, and it’s SPECTACULAR. Lady Whistledown will be voiced by none other than Julie Andrews.
We will continue to post Netflix news as it happens!