Bridgerton enraptures audiences with its drama and aesthetic

Bridgerton is an eight-episode drama that was adopted primarily as the first book of a highly successful series of eight Regency romance novels, written by Julia Quinn. The plot takes place during the early 19th century, where the Bridgestone family is introduced with eight siblings, four boys and four girls, as they seek the lovers of their lives. 

The production and costume designers recreate the world of privilege that these characters hold, with huge estates and beautiful gradients, glamorous outfits of satin, velvet and tulle. Some of the storylines are far longer than their natural counterparts, while others are introduced in a small fraction of the show. These result in an inconsistently paced delivery that ultimately reveals itself as an utterly predictable version of Pride and Prejudice. 

However, Bridgerton is engaging enough and introduces its unique themes about love, marriage, and class. About half the season is dedicated to characters dancing around with each other rather than affirming what they want and after relationships are established, severe obstacles are positioned in the lovers’ paths, only to be resolved fleetingly. 

Similarly to the best romances, the story leads its protagonists through agony, such as loathing, hidden lust, buried secrets, along with ordinary stages of relief, only to reinstate them in some even more unbearable state of tension. Bridgerton, however, is geared to interest specifically a women’s aspirational fantasy, where that woman can find a love match instead of an arranged marriage. The woman is also able to find a man who is fabulously wealthy and step up as a protective matriarch while carrying your attractiveness and living happily ever after.