How is the Bridgerton book series different from the Netflix show?

Spoilers ahead!

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We can hardly live it. Everyone’s favorite period drama returned earlier this year with more drama, more twisted side plots, and more focus on another Bridgerton’s exuberant love life. In the year that has followed since Daphne Bridgerton became Duchess, many have been tempted to use the original book series by Julia Quinn to quench their Bridgerton thirst, but how many of the books can you expect to see on the Netflix show this season? ? Tighten your corsets as we take you through five of the most notable differences that we think Lady Whistledown would definitely comment on. Just be warned, dear readers, spoilers are ahead.

The famous biscene

In the book, the famous biscene was far more outrageous. Anthony, who is afraid of Kate’s bee stings because of his past trauma, gets caught sucking the poison out of Kate’s chest to prevent her from dying. So concentrated is Anthony that he does not notice his lips on Kate’s chest. But someone notices this exchange, and it is their mothers (awkward) who can see exactly where Sir Bridgerton’s lips are. This results in a forced marriage between the two because the worst thing one can do in Bridgerton’s time is to ruin a woman’s reputation.

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In the show, the scene is a bit less outrageous, though still quite dramatic. In response to the bee sting and Anthony’s subsequent panic attack, Kate grabs Anthony’s hand and holds it against her chest to stabilize his breathing. Once Anthony has calmed down, the two lock their eyes in a secret exchange that makes it clear that they have burning feelings for each other. Unlike the books, their passionate exchange is not witnessed by their mothers.

Sheffields and Sharmas

In the book, there is no family policy between Sheffields. Or less of it. In the book, Mary, Kate and Edwina Sharma are Mary, Kate and Edwina Sheffield – newcomers from the country. Although they are far less valued than Bridgerton’s, resulting in less attention being paid to their chaperoned status, is still somewhat wealthy, and Kate is still considered a young lady in need of a reputation and a virtue. It is not necessary for Edwina to marry in order to make a fortune in the books, but rather just because she should get married as a young lady. We can see Eloise’s eye roll from here.

In the performance, In the eerie age of her late twenties, Kate seems to be considered a kind of lost cause that is impossible to marry. As a result, Kate can fly where she wants, with far less regard for her reputation. This makes sense in the show as she has no blood connection to Sheffields as she is Edwina’s half sister from a clerk and allows us to see far more alone moments between Anthony and Kate than we have ever received with Simon and Daphne until after marriage. Instead of being Sheffields, the show creates a whole new plot for Mary Sheffield and then sees the Sharma family sail to London from Bombay. Sharmas’ South Asian culture is seamlessly woven into the story, and this was certainly one of the changes in the book that worked for the better.

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The truth about Kate Sharma

In the book, Kate is not so abrasive in her defense of Edwina. No, really, we promise. This is partly because Edwina in the book is more of a minor character. Although she and Anthony have a courtship, there are no real feelings between the two, and Edwina would rather marry a scholar. Kate is protective of her sister, and Anthony must still impress her to win Edwina’s hand – and fall for her in the process – but everything is understood as being done by a kind-hearted sisterly duty. Kate is still Edwina’s half-sister, but her father was a Sheffield, and that’s why it still has some significance in society. This means that even though Kate is very shrewd, willing to fight and protects – it never goes beyond hurting Edwina as much as she does in the show.

In the show, Kate assumes an almost motherly role for Edwina. This creates conflict with Edwina and turns their real mother into a dumb peripheral character. It creates a strange gap between the characters that have been commented on since the show aired, but allows Edwina to shine as her own character compared to the books. The show explores that Kate protects Edwina to the detriment of both of them, allowing Edwina to become a main character in her own right. Although the core love between siblings remains the same, how it is explored in the show is completely different, resulting in different results.

The Discovery of Lady Whistledown

In the book, Eloise does not find out who Lady Whistledown is. In fact, in the books, we do not even know it yet. This goes back to season 1, but in the books we do not find out how Penelope uses his pen until book four, which traces Colin Bridgerton’s romance. Eloise is actually not a giant star in the second novel, as each Bridgerton gets their own book. In the show, however, Eloise gets her own side plot, as does Penelope, who is revealed to be Lady Whistledown at the end of season 1. This results in a dramatic season finale where Eloise confronts her best friend, Penelope, as being Lady Whistledown. I told you there would be spoilers!


The exploration of trauma

Trauma is explored much more in the books. In the books, Anthony not only has his fear of bees because of his father’s death (which he did not witness in the books, but still suffers from), but is also convinced that he will also die young. Teenage Anthony believes that since Edmund Bridgerton was the greatest man who had ever lived and died at the age of 38, there is no way he could surpass him in age. This sets us in motion more of a time constraint on Anthony’s need to get married, and it makes more sense why he throws himself into the next social season when he has had no interest before. His logic is introduced on page one: “Anthony Bridgerton had always known he would die young.”

Similarly, Kate fears storms due to the death of her own mother. In a library scene in Aubrey Hall, unable to sleep, Kate searches for a book that can distract herself from the splashing rain. But when a thunderstorm begins to subside, she panics and hides under a table, where Anthony later finds her and comforts her. She can not communicate, and when the thunder is over, she can not remember how she got there. It is later revealed that Kate has a phobia stemming from childhood traumas like Anthony. Kate’s mother died when she was three years old, succumbing to lung disease. The toddler Kate thinks the sound of thunder outside comes from her mother’s mouth and can not stop the association as an adult.

In the show, we get to see how the former Viscount’s death has affected the whole family, including Anthony’s stylized relationship with those who are less explored in the books, there is no mention of Anthony’s own fear of dying young, and neither does he really explores or tells Kate about her fear of bees. Although Anthony also stipulates that he will not fall in love when he marries, as in the books, it is suggested that this is after his affair with opera singer Siena Rosso, or because of the grief his own mother had after his father’s death. , as opposed to something that has to do with how long he wants to live. Kate, on the other hand, does not explore her fear of storms. While we watch Kate and Anthony take refuge in the library at Aubrey Hall in episode four, it results in less verbal bonding than the fan-favorite book scene.

The romance between Kate and Anthony

In the book, slow-burn is less slow, but more combustion. Kate and Anthony kiss pretty quickly into the book as Kate sneaks away to a house party in Bridgerton. She pops into the immediate room as she hears Anthony approaching and witnesses his flirting skills with opera singer Maria Rosso (slightly changed from the show). The two then spar much like the show, but it results in an early, passionate kiss that they both seem to regret … at least in the beginning. In the show, the slow combustion is the hook of the series. We keep waiting until episode six, after the courtship and subsequent near-wedding to Edwina, before we see the couple kissing in church.

Simon and Daphne

In the book, we see Simon and Daphne as a happy couple, very much in love. It’s part of the joy of the Bridgerton series that when we review the various series, we see excerpts from the previous couple and their happy endings. In the show, we unfortunately miss our beautiful Duke, which was played by Regé-Jean Page. After the first season, Page became a global sensation thanks to his effortless charm and sex appeal. To our great annoyance, the actor jumped off the Bridgerton wagon to pursue other acting jobs. Throughout this new season, we see Daphne allude to her husband and their happy marriage – even carrying around their adorable newborns – but we see no sign of the Duke himself, which is strange. If you want to see the Duke (ie Regé-Jean Page), you’ll have to look at the screen where he’s going to star in The Gray Man later this year.

In the end, we have to say that there were far more noticeable changes from the books to shows this season. This gives us two alternative ways to see Kate and Anthony fall in love, and it’s up to you, dear readers, to decide which story you like best.

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