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There was nothing better this Christmas, than the gift of Bridgerton on Netflix. I don’t say this lightly, I’ve been reading the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn since high school and I can, without a doubt in my mind, say that the series has surpassed all of my expectations.

So what’s it all about?
Bridgerton is the deliciously scandalous story of the Bridgerton family. In Afrikaans, we would call this a hygroman, which is just as steamy as your favourite Mills & Boon but not as badly written. As a teenage girl, these books had me daydreaming about my own duke, and the spectacular castle we would live in, but all of that was secondary to the steamy afternoon delights we would have…

The Bridgerton series by Julia Quin, that falls within the historical romance genre, is eight books (a true family saga) with each book focussing on one of the eight Bridgerton siblings alphabetically named from Anthony to Hyacinth. The first novel, as well as the first season of the Netflix series, is based on the novel The Duke & I which follows the story of Daphne Bridgerton who meets the ridiculously handsome Duke of Hastings.

If you’d like to get into novels, I’d highly recommend it. They are quite prevalent in second-hand bookstores, and I’m sure that new prints will also be appearing in bookstores. I’ve been relistening them on Audible, and I can definitely recommend it. If you want to follow the series the next novel would be The Viscount Who Loved Me.

Worth the watch?
ICYMI, the producer of Grey’s Anatomy, its spin-off Private Practice and Scandal, Shonda Rhimes, produced the first season for Netflix. The result of which is a refreshingly diverse cast, with the dreamy Duke of Hastings portrayed by Regé-Jean Page. This decision to diversify the cast displaces the entire show ensuring that it is not dragged down by a Pride and Prejudice-like proprietary, and adds a bit contemporary, upbeat spice.

The score further adds to this displaced feeling that gives Bridgerton its unique quirk and lightness. If you listen closely, you’ll identify instrumental versions of popular love songs by Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Billie Eilish and more. The score is pivotal in providing the modernness needed to bring this historical romance to 2021.

I know what your real question is, though… Is the Netflix version also as steamy as the novels? Definitely! But it is no Game of Thrones, you can still watch it with friends. It deals with Daphne’s sexual awakening in a chaste, innocent manner, retaining the passion and desire that the novels are known for.

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Free State-girl, living in Stellenbosch. Love to explore small towns, read in Afrikaans and everything pop-culture. My favourite yoga move is 'The Pigeon' and one day I'd like to own my own vintage cinema.

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