I write to you today with news that Bridgerton on Netflix is the most viewed television original series on the streaming site. Though, with this endeavor, one might believe it to be a “steaming” site. Leave it to me to share with you why this audacious show has captivated the hearts and minds of so many watchers.
You see, there is a lot to love about Bridgerton. From the elaborate sets and period costumes to the modern twists on 19th-century love stories. All told, there are eight Bridgerton children, each with their own stories, based on a novel series by Julia Quinn. This season we focus on the love affair between a Duke, Simon, and a debutant, Daphne.
Daphne and Simon began their relationship by playing games with me. One can’t take Lady Whistledown’s recounting of events lightly, as secrets don’t stay secrets for long, so it’s best not to tempt fate. Yet, Daphne and Simon worked against their better interests to seem as though they knew how best to win over a suitor. They managed only to fall each other in the process. Better yet, they helped each other find themselves in the process. Their love story does share some explicit romance, so choose your viewing partners wisely, dear Reader. Marrying a Duke would be a fairytale come true, but this Duke is more complicated than he may appear.
Daphne is one of the eight Bridgerton children. She is the first girl of the family to be shared with society. Across the park, the Featherington ladies, Prudence, Phillipa, and Penelope, are making their debut as well, accompanied by a cousin from outside the city named, Marina. This family aspires to be like the Bridgertons, so a great match for one of these girls can be the family’s ticket to even more social power and wealth.
Social climbing, marriage, love, and money all design this world. The 19th-century tale reflects a sweet optimism into our modern world. Without an air of sarcasm or cynism, Bridgerton asks the audience to escape to fantasy. For eight episodes, you will float down an elegant, sophisticated Tunnel of Love that may have you using an accent or asking for a carriage ride home by the time it is over. Dearest reader, this television series is as light as cuppa tea and it is exactly what we need.
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