One of the greatest joys that has come out of the past few years has undoubtably been watching our favorite love stories come alive on the big screen. We’ve gotten to escape to another time with Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton, experienced some (*ahem*) spicy times with BB Easton’s Sex/Life and fallen in love with small town romance and intrigue with Robyn Carr’s Virgin River.
I’ve watched them all. I’ve sat on the edge of my seat while the Duke of Hastings licked a spoon (who knew that would be as delicious as it is?), my jaw has hit the floor at 19:50 on episode 3 of Sex/Life and I’ve gotten endlessly sucked into the drama of small town characters.
Now, we all know that it’s next to impossible to bring a book to the big screen with every single exact detail in the book (hello, Harry Potter anyone?) however, Netflix has done an incredible job of keeping the spirit of these incredible books and bringing them to life. Haven’t read any of the books or dug into the shows? Well here’s my 30-second pitch on why you should read all of them and then binge watch the shows. I mean, you didn’t have anything to do for the next 12 weekends, right?
This series has 21 books. I mean, I should stop there because it’s all the selling I really should have to do. Want to talk about a reading rabbit hole? This is a reading rabbit crater. But anyways, this is the epitome of small town romance. You’ll fall in love with every single character as they not only come together as a town to solve problems, but to support each other. Each book follows a new storyline, but the show has it all put together. And while the story on the small screen doesn’t exactly follow the books to perfection, the series creators have said they want to make sure they end where the books do. Also, Season Three came out on Friday — so GET TO READING/WATCHING!
This is a memoir about BB’s own experiences with spicing up her sex life and how she manipulates her husband into upping his sexual game. It’s hilarious, touching and ALL THE THINGS. I devoured the book in a single sitting and found myself with aching abs from laughing so hard and a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. Netflix does a good job of bringing this off the page but it’s definitely different. Nonetheless, I still enjoyed all the spice. And I mean ALL THE SPICE. Oh, and that above mentioned moment where my jaw literally dropped? I found myself googling “Is that real?” IYKYK.
If you’ve ever read any of my other rambling articles, you know that I LOVE me some historical romance. It was the first romance subgenre I ever read, and it still has a soft spot in my heart. The Bridgertons are no exception. This is yet another case of college Julie picking up The Duke and I and then waiting in line at Borders every time a new Bridgerton was released. (This was before Kindles. Fun fact: I got my very first Kindle as a wedding gift from my amazing husband. Yes, I’m that old and yes, that’s exactly what I wanted. Who needs jewels when you can get books? Sorry, to my best friend who runs a jewelry store!) Anyways, I digress — a lot. When I heard Netflix and SHONDA were bringing Bridgerton to life, I screamed. Like real life, ran around my house whooping with joy and calling my book besties. When it was released Christmas Day? That night, me and my hot cocoa laced with adult beverages snuggled up and binged watched until the wee hours of the next day.
Am I ashamed at how many times I watched the Duke of Hastings lick a spoon? No.
Am I ashamed at how many times I watched his speech about marrying Daphne? Also no.
Season Two is filming now and I will most likely cry when it’s released. Bring on Anthony Bridgerton.
Go read all the books. Seriously.
Needless to say, I’m grateful for Netflix for showing the world that romance is a force to be reckoned with. Bridgerton was the most watched show in US Netflix history, smashing records with more than 82 million watchers a month after it released. It’s time to start smashing preconceived notions about what romance is — after all love and romance are the threads that hold us all together. (Psst, want to know more about this subject? Willow Sanders wrote a SLAMMING article, which you can find HERE.
Now I’m making a list and checking it twice of all the books I’d like to bring to the big screen. What’s on your list?
Until next time, moonbeams.
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