Whether or not it is a Christmas gift for its subscribers will be the ones who decide it, but The Bridgertons are about to see the light of day on Netflix and it has many ballots to become one of the last obsessions of the year that we are about to dismiss. Developed by Chris Van Dusen and the first series of the agreement between the producer of Shonda Rhimes ( Grey’s Anatomy ) and the streaming platform, the current leader of Netflix’s most anticipated series is based on the long-distance literary saga of the same name. American author Julia Quinn . A collection of eight romance novels, all of them with the honor of having become ‘bestsellers’ and that, published in the first decade of the 2000s, have a solid base of fans around the world who are surely looking forward to the premiere with great enthusiasm.
Described as a cross between Gossip Girl and the works of Jane Austen, the series is set in the London Regency period and has at its center the Bridgertons, a high society family whose father has died and whose eldest daughter, Daphne ( Phoebe Dynevor ) has just been introduced to society with the goal of finding a suitor, something for which she has been groomed all her life. The same fate awaits his sisters, while the older brother Anthony ( Jonathan Bailey ) has to assume the role of head of the family and all that that entails. With the romance between Daphne and Simon Basset ( Rege Jean Page), Duke of Hastings, as the common thread of the eight episodes of the first season of the series, the story is spiced up by a great mystery that promises to be talked about: the identity of Lady Whistledown, the Gossip Queen of the time.
Although no one knows who Lady Whistedown is, she seems to know absolutely everything about them and, knowing even the smallest dirty rag of London high society , the mysterious writer dedicates herself to printing pastries exposing her best kept secrets
“Going into this project I was very aware that the books had a huge international fan base. And that they were very well loved and that the fans were very passionate about these characters and these stories,” recalls Van Dusen. “And I think that has given me a good amount of healthy pressure. I wanted to make things right for them. I think the fans are going to see everything they love about the books on screen.”
For her part, Phoebe Dynevor assures that the pressure should not affect how they develop their work, but that she is very proud of the result: “I think the fans will be happy with what we have done with these beloved characters, at least I hope let them be. “