From Page to Screen: Contrasts Between ‘Bridgerton’ the show and the Books

The show is a journey to the enchanting world of “Bridgerton,” where the allure of 19th-century London meets modern storytelling. This beloved Netflix series has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, offering a captivating blend of romance, drama, and visual splendor.

At the heart of “Bridgerton” lies its exceptional cast, bringing to life a colorful array of characters. From the poised elegance of Daphne Bridgerton, portrayed by the talented Phoebe Dynevor, to the brooding charm of the Duke of Hastings, masterfully played by Regé-Jean Page, Jonathan Bailey as the protective Anthony, Nicola Coughlan as the witty Penelope, and Adjoa Andoh as the formidable Lady Danbury, among others. Each actor imbues their role with depth and nuance, captivating viewers with every scene.

Bridgerton makes you step into a world of high society gossip, where every whispered rumor and scandalous secret holds the power to unravel lives. “Bridgerton” weaves a curtain of intrigue and betrayal, as characters navigate the treacherous waters of Regency-era London. From clandestine affairs to political machinations, the series keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with its suspenseful plot twists and shocking revelations.

A time of royalty and extravagance, where every ballroom is a stage for the most exquisite fashion. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick’s meticulous attention to detail brings the world of “Bridgerton” to life, with breathtaking gowns, tailored suits, and dazzling accessories adorning the cast in a symphony of color and texture. The fashion of “Bridgerton” has sparked a global resurgence of interest in Regency style, inspiring viewers to embrace the romance and elegance of the era.

While rooted in the traditions of the past, “Bridgerton” offers a refreshingly modern perspective on classic romance. The series boldly tackles issues of race, class, and gender, inviting viewers to reconsider historical narratives through a contemporary lens. By featuring a diverse cast and exploring progressive themes, “Bridgerton” resonates with audiences seeking stories that reflect the complexities of our own time.

At its core, “Bridgerton” celebrated the power of love. Whether it’s the passionate romance between Daphne and the Duke, the tender bonds within the Bridgerton family, or the forbidden desires that simmer beneath the surface of London society, the series reminds us that love knows no bounds. Through its portrayals of longing, heartache, and redemption, “Bridgerton” invites viewers to believe in the enduring magic of love, even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

The show is a bit different from the books by Julia Quinn. The show adds new stories and characters, making it more interesting. While the main plot stays the same, the show sometimes changes things to surprise viewers. The way characters look and act might not match exactly with what readers imagined. Also, actors bring their own style to the characters. These changes make the show unique and exciting, even for fans of the books.

Additionally, while the overarching plot remains consistent, the show takes creative liberties in certain areas, deviating from the books to create new twists and surprises for viewers.

These differences contribute to a unique viewing experience, even for those familiar with the novels, making “Bridgerton” a captivating and fresh take on the beloved literary series.




In the Netflix series, Simon faces a tough childhood trying to overcome his stutter, which disappointed his father, who wanted him to be a perfect Duke. However, he manages to improve his speech over time. In the books, Simon does make progress with his stutter, but it never fully disappears. When he feels upset or angry, his stutter sometimes returns, causing him to stay quiet, especially around people he doesn’t trust. This silence makes others see him as cold and distant, leading to a lonely life. Unlike in the series, his friends Will and Alice don’t appear in the books, adding to his isolation.

Netflix took creative liberties with Simon’s character in “Bridgerton” by inventing a vibrant social life for him, including the addition of boxing as one of his pastimes. While boxing fits the historical context of the Regency era as a gentlemanly pursuit, it’s a departure from the original books where this activity isn’t mentioned. These changes were likely aimed at engaging viewers, particularly through shirtless scenes that cater to the audience’s desires. So, while the series added excitement and eye candy for fans, it strayed from the source material in this aspect.

In episode six of the series, Daphne discovers Simon’s deliberate avoidance of pregnancy by using the withdrawal method during sex. Feeling betrayed, she decides to assert control. Despite Simon’s objections, she positions herself in a way that prevents him from withdrawing during intercourse. This scene sparked debate as Daphne takes advantage of Simon’s vulnerable state, overriding his wishes. In the book, the situation varies: Simon returns home drunk, and Daphne exploits his intoxicated state to ensure he cannot withdraw before climaxing.

Another deviation is that Marina is portrayed as a cousin of the Featherington family, but in the books, she’s actually a distant relative of the Bridgertons. This change likely aimed to add drama or set up potential romantic plots. Additionally, while Marina is never directly introduced in the books because she’s already deceased by the time her character is mentioned, the show presents her as a central figure. Despite hints in the series, Marina never ends up with Colin Bridgerton, diverging from the book’s storyline.

In the series there’s a big surprise at the end of the first season: Penelope Featherington is revealed as Lady Whistledown. However, in the books, we don’t find this out until the fourth book, “Romancing Mister Bridgerton.” Also, unlike in the series, there’s no investigation into Lady Whistledown’s identity, and the Queen doesn’t play a role. Instead, Eloise Bridgerton herself is suspected of being Lady Whistledown.

In the “Bridgerton” series on Netflix, Queen Charlotte is a popular character, but she’s not in Julia Quinn’s books. In the books, there’s no mention of a specific king or queen. Also, Daphne’s suitor, Prince Frederich, isn’t part of the book series.




In the Netflix series “Bridgerton,” Anthony and Kate’s first meeting is a charming encounter orchestrated by fate, but it’s entirely fabricated for the show. In the books, their introduction occurs quite differently: they meet at a ball where Colin introduces them. Kate is already aware of Anthony’s reputation, but he is unaware of who she is.

In the second season Netflix introduced a new character named Theo Sharpe, played by Calam Lynch. He becomes a love interest for Eloise Bridgerton, played by Claudia Jessie. However, Theo Sharpe is not a character in the original book series.

The biggest deviation of all in the second season was (drumroll please) Netflix introduces a dramatic love triangle between Edwina, Kate, and Anthony, a plotline not found in the original books. While Anthony and Edwina did briefly court in the books before realizing they were not well-suited, the series expands upon this by depicting a turbulent fallout between Kate and Edwina over Anthony’s affections. In the show, their conflict becomes a major meltdown involving their mother as well. These alterations highlight how the series adds heightened drama to the romantic dynamics for entertainment purposes.

In “Bridgerton” Season 2, Eloise’s story becomes more important as she prepares to enter society and explores her relationship with Theo. But in the book the season is based on, Eloise isn’t officially out until the next year. Her mom just lets her attend parties at the Bridgerton house. In the series, they make a big deal about Eloise’s debut, spending a lot of time showing her getting ready to meet the Queen.

The show continues to captivate audiences with its irresistible blend of romance, intrigue, and sumptuous visuals. As fans eagerly anticipate the next chapter in this mesmerizing saga

“Bridgerton” on Netflix brings the pages of Julia Quinn’s books to life with its own unique twists. While staying true to the essence of the stories, the show adds new characters and changes some events to keep viewers intrigued. Despite these differences, both the books and the series offer an enchanting glimpse into the world of Regency romance, captivating audiences with their drama, romance, and charm.