Adapting Bridgerton

deadline for submissions: 
June 30, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Valerie Frankel
contact email: 

Adapting Bridgerton

If Jane Austen and the history books present one version of the regency, Bridgerton shows a far different one. While the series had many surprises for viewers, it’s less clear what’s responsible. Does this come from being a 2020 show? From Netflix style? From the romance novels source material? Let’s consider and also weigh what worked and what didn’t. I’m seeking essays on:

Length will depend on how many submissions arrive. They will be in MLA format, secondary sources welcome, scholarly be approachable and fun for fans. Abstracts still accepted, essays due June 30. 

Please send to with a subject of Bridgerton.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

The music, lighting, and other staging effects.

Context: comparisons with Downton Abbey, Outlander, The White Queen, Austen adaptations, etc.

Netflix franchises

The show’s origin in a romance novel

Costume and manners anachronisms

The sex scenes


Consent in the MeToo era

Fan response/fans changing the content

Memes, reviews, fanfic and other online responses to the show