Bridgerton: Julia Quinn, if you haven’t already begun reading Quinn’s deliciously engaging historical romance series set in England then we’re here to convince you to do so. First, Dame Julie Andrews will be narrating as Lady Whistledown–that should be more than enough reason because, really, it doesn’t get more sensational. This is peak period drama perfection.
There’s eight of them, all alphabetically named. (It’s excellent, go with it.) And their darling mother who’s certainly not a Mrs. Bennet. Violet Bridgerton is a delight. The Bridgertons are an intriguing bunch, each complex and endearing in their own way and unfairly stunning. You’re going to have at least more than one favorite, or in our case, all eight of them. We really do love them all. It’s almost impossible not to.
Christmas Day. 2020. A very Merry Bridgerton Holiday indeed.
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Let the Season Commence
We’ve already jumped on the Bridgerton brigade here at Marvelous Geeks with the hour long podcast preluding what’s to come. And we’re just beginning. There’s so much to unpack with the eight books–we wouldn’t even know where to begin, but we suppose The Duke and I is a good start.
Let’s do it, folks–let’s just take a moment to acknowledge how ridiculously gorgeous this cast is. How is it even fair? It’s not and the audacity to look this good just straight up has me floored. Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I follows fourth Bridgerton in line Daphne as she makes her season debut and a fake engagement with her eldest brother’s best friend, the Duke of Hastings, ends in a compromising situation. Oh the pangs of compromising situation and “forced” marriages. Spoiler alert: Julia Quinn’s novels, much like Jane Austen’s end with a very happy ending, and we don’t doubt for a moment that’s where this is going. Because seriously, you could feel the chemistry in this picture alone and it’s pretty damn infectious. The Duke and I isn’t a perfect book, we get into the why in our podcast, but we’re confident the series will address it in a way that’ll either provide the necessary discourse or completely alter the way it’s goes. We’re choosing to trust in the process because Simon and Daphne are a precious pair, and we can’t wait to see them on our screens.
Bridgerton is primarily centered around the deliciously exquisite romances, but the heart of this series is every single relationship that’s established. Whether it’s the relationships within the Bridgerton siblings or Eloise and her long time best girl Penelope Featherington, the series grounds itself in creating moments that are so palpably beautiful, you’re bound to shed tears. We already know we’re going to be incredibly moved by the steadfast loyalty these two women have to each other and it’ll be exceptional. Friendship, as much as romance, is the glue that makes Quinn’s novels so remarkable and rich in heart. And in this house, we’ll always have a lot to say about the friendships.
Here’s the tea or brandy, whichever you take: here at Marvelous Geeks, we are unapologetically Anthony Bridgerton fans. Kate Sheffield first and foremost, but Anthony Bridgerton is going to be the character we know we’re going to deconstruct the daylights out of. And we are ready. (No, no we’re actually not.) The absolute thickheaded rake of a man is going to go so incredibly soft and that’s the kind of character development we thrive off of. And when it comes to romance, his relationship with Kate is the epitome of enemies to lovers done right with a special side of “the grump is soft for one woman.” Sign us up. Sign us up to every complex, ridiculous version of this dramatic viscount because we’re in this for the long haul.
It is rare not to have a single complaint about the cast of an established book series. We’ve all got versions of them in our head, but that’s the fascinating thing with Bridgerton. We have zero complaints. (And if we did, but chose not to vocalize them, we wouldn’t say we don’t have them, we’d just, not mention the cast.) But this cast is straight out of our heads and we know without a doubt that they’re going to deliver remarkably. It might be too soon to say this, but we’re going to go right ahead and say it, they’re perfect.
The Marvelous Geeks Society Papers will come in a variety of different ways. Episode by episode podcast reviews and a plethora of articles. We’ve decided to just adopt Bridgerton–no other content, just this perfectly ridiculous show. (Kidding, but are we really?)
Will you be watching Bridgerton? If so, which book are you most excited to see?