Bridgerton: Episode 1

Hi all!

My name is Chiara and though usually I would Clare myself a bookworm, today I am putting on a different hat. Tv enthusiast.

I’m sure many of you have heard of Bridgerton, even if you have not had chance to watch it.

For those of you haven’t yet seen it yet, I highly encourage you.

I have, as of yet, only seen the first episode, after which I promptly had to go to work and it has been stewing in my brain all day.

Our story follows two main characters, Miss Daphne Bridgerton and the Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings. This is Daphne’s first year out in society and she is determined to make a good impression and to find herself a suitable husband.

Simon, our dear Duke on the other hand, is determined he will not marry, despite the need for him to produce an heir.

Daphne begins the story quite splendidly, impressing the Queen and being the talk of the town. Her mother welcomes the suitors, letting her daughter have the pick, But Anthony, her eldest brother, and head of the family, has other ideas and is almost beating her suitors away with a big stick.

“He doesn’t pay his debts,” Anthony says. “He is a rake.” He is this, he is that … Anthony has an excuse for every eligible man not to be a worthy husband, including Simon Basset, an old friend from his days at Oxford.

From the moment that Daphne and Simon meet there are sparks … of tension. I would equate their dislike to each other similar to that of Darcy and Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice. Each can’t stand what the other stands for.

But fate, or rather, mothers, dictate that they keep meeting and, eventually they make a deal. Neither wants to marry the other so why don’t they pretend they want to, for just a little while. It will encourage a line of suitors outside her front door, and get the hungry mothers off of Simon’s back. And, just maybe, give the gossip papers something different to talk about.

And thus our fake dating trope begins. I think all my bookworms will know how this will end. I am quite excited to see more, and I hope you all are to.

Please let me know what you think in the comments and I shall be writing about this again when I have finished the season.

Until then, my bookworms, happy reading.

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