Written by: Emma Harbaugh
Dear distinguished readers,
It is my absolute pleasure to reveal to you my thoughts and opinion on Netflix’s new hit series “Bridgerton.” To begin, if you are someone who is enchanted by England in the 1800s, you will be more than pleased. The outfits and sets are consistent and beautiful, adding to a story that is truly breathtaking.
Bridgerton follows young women through the summer wedding season, specifically highlighting the Bridgerton family, sticking closely to the eldest daughter’s search for a husband. Daphne is the epitome of grace and kindness but also embodies a fierce loyalty to her family and to herself. Her success sets the tone for the rest of her family, marrying a higher rank is important and crucial to her sisters’ futures. Her brothers, on the other hand, have the freedom to love and marry whomever they please.
This show highlights the realities of the elite societal group in England, but the fun twist that it offers is the narrator: Lady Whistledown. Lady Whistledown is responsible for a weekly column that comes out revealing family secrets, scandals, and throwing her own opinion in the mix considering who should end up getting married. Lady Whistledown is clearly her pen name, keeping her identity a secret for the length of the show. Everyone, including the Queen herself, values the word of Lady Whistledown, her opinion becoming the driving force of many of the events that occur over the course of the show.
I absolutely adored this show. My roommate and I watched it at an ungodly speed, gasping, crying, and laughing along with each other all the way through it. What I enjoyed learning about was the making of this show, many women were involved in the filming of it. There are some pretty frisky sex scenes (if you’ve watched Game of Thrones, they are incredibly mild), but they made sure to keep both parties comfortable while filming the more risque scenes. I was so impressed with the dedication to the time period and the attention to detail that the outfits offered. Every woman wore a new dress every time they went out, a beautiful mix of patterns, colors, and fabrics. I can’t be the only one that longs to wear a beautiful gown to an extravagant ball.
If you haven’t taken the time to watch Bridgerton, I do suggest you make the journey. Because it is based upon a book series, there is definitely more to come. I believe that Bridgerton is like an old-time Gossip Girl, except better and with fewer plot holes. Grab yourself a cup of tea, wrap up in your favorite blanket, and immerse yourself into the world that is Bridgerton.
All my best,
Just kidding, Emma Harbaugh