When author Julia Quinn murdered off one of the fan-favorite Bridgerton characters, the town almost lost one of its most adored people.
The Netflix show, Bridgerton, based on Quinn’s best-selling book series, has captured millions of viewers, shattering records with its season 1 and 2 debuts, and has already inspired a spin-off series featuring several of the most popular supporting Bridgerton characters.
Julia Quinn was on the verge of killing off the prominent characters in the Bridgerton series until she was convinced they must live. She came dangerously close to killing off one of those Bridgerton characters when writing her fourth book, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.
Bridgerton- A period drama and its dramatic characters!
Bridgerton is a period drama set in Regency-era England that blends history, passion, and mystery with each season, focusing on a different Bridgerton love match, with the fourth season slated to feature the story of Colin Bridgerton and the pining Penelope.
While the Bridgerton family is the inspiration for both the novel and the television series, they are far from the primary reason for the show’s enormous popularity.
Netflix just announced a prequel series that will cover the story of the early years of Queen Charlotte, who appeared only in the television series, as well as the backstories of two supporting Bridgerton characters from Quinn’s novels, Lady Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.
Lady Danbury’s promise in Bridgerton appears to have been recognized solely by Netflix since the character is given significantly more attention in both Bridgerton seasons 1 and 2 than in Quinn’s The Duke and I and The Viscount Who Loved Me.
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The urge not to kill Bridgerton characters!
In her fourth book, Julia Quinn, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Quinn came dangerously close to killing off one of the most adored Bridgerton characters.
One of the equally strong and delightful Bridgerton Characters, Lady Danbury, was only saved after Quinn’s editor voiced her opposition to the plan, a choice Quinn claims led to Lady Danbury becoming her favorite of all.
Julia Quinn stated, “I almost murdered off Lady Danbury in this novel,” while sharing insights and behind-the-scenes facts about her fourth book about Penelope and Colin, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. ‘Noooooooooo!’ said my editor, and thank heavens I listened.”
The author had originally planned “Lady Danbury’s death as a dramatic turning point in Bridgerton’s Ton, but she was saved.
She stated in an interview, I am now glad I rescued the character “because she is hands down my favorite character to write.”
While little is known about the plot of Netflix’s planned limited prequel series, the early years of the friendship between Queen Charlotte, Lady Bridgerton, and Lady Danbury have already been revealed as a confirmed feature of the show.
Quinn’s favorite character may or may not be written for the Queen Charlotte spin-off, as Bridgerton executive producer Shonda Rhimes is presently the sole known series writer.
But for now, we are only grateful to the editor of Julia Quinn, who literally saved one of the most loved Bridgerton characters from getting killed!
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