By now, you’ve certainly run into several articles about Netflix’s most recent period drama success, Bridgerton, (and maybe you’ve even binged through it yourself), but do you know the interesting history of how it transitioned from book to the screen? Julia Quinn, the author of the romance series that Bridgerton is based off of, says that this famous adaptation came into being after Shonda Rhymes “didn’t bring enough reading material on vacation.”
“The way I understand it, Shonda ran out of books to read on vacation and somehow stumbled on one of mine,” Quinn said of Rhymes, the Producer for some of televisions most famous shows: the long running, Grey’s Anatomy, and Scandal. “It’s crazy to think that my life is forever changed because Shonda didn’t bring enough reading material on vacation, but that’s honestly what happened.”
Quinn also emphasized her utter surprise at such a proposal, as romance books were not being adapted to television at the time. However, I think we can all agree that Bridgerton has paved the way for that to change, as its undeniable popularity has left viewers craving for more old-timey elegance, drama and, of course, gossip.
Season one of Bridgerton depicted the story of Quinn’s first novel of the romance series, The Duke and I, which was published in 2000. You can watch the interview with Bridgerton author, Julia Quinn, on ShondaLand’s adaptations of her novels here.
Bridgerton’s second season will begin production this spring, and fans can expect the same level of shock, intrigue and suspense as the first, if not even more.