In season 1 of the Regency-era-based series, Bridgerton had a lot in store for the author and the publication of the original “Bridgerton” book series. As season 2 streams now, a wave of anticipation has washed over the hearts of the people, and this has further led to a 200% increase in the sale of the books.
Shonda Rhimes happened to stumble upon the first book of the “Bridgerton” series, “The Duke & I” while she was on vacation, and it did not take her long to fall in love with the characters. She went on to buy all the other parts and the story of the characters engulfed her into am intrigue of wanting to know more about them. She then discussed the idea with Chris Van Dusen, who was as excited and convinced that the characters would make amazing television as she was. Dusen then went on to create, executive produce, and serve as showrunner of the series for Netflix.
Debuted on Christmas Day 2020, season 1, starring Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in season one, set a high bar.
Season two of “Bridgerton,” adapted from book two, “The Viscount Who Loved Me,” has recently been released on Netflix. The new episodes follow Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey,) the family’s oldest child, who intends to find a bride. Page, whose career has blown up thanks to the series, did not return for season two. Dynevor does appear in a supporting role. Season 2 has unexpectedly maintained the standard and has more masses glued their eyes on what is upcoming.
The huge success of both the seasons has persuaded a big amount of new readers to read the historical romance. In April 2021, all eight books got listed on the Newyork Times Bestseller at once.
“My publisher printed up a whole bunch of the new books with Regé and Phoebe on the cover, and they sold out instantly, and then every title was sold out. It was just frantic. It got to the point where every resource at the company was turned towards trying to get these books reprinted. Thank goodness for e-books. We can anticipate there’d be some demand, but nobody thought it was going to do what it did and the last thing I would want to do is print up all those books and waste all that paper if nobody was going to buy them. I felt like every other day I was getting emails from my publishing house with the printing schedule because for publishers right now, all the printers are consolidated and it’s really hard. You have to reserve your slot at the printers, and it’s really difficult. But, yeah, the books have just exploded, and not just in the United States. It’s a worldwide thing.” said Julia Quinn, the author of the eight books series “Bridgerton”, when asked about how the Netflix show helped in blowing up the already successful book series.