Being the author of the Bridgerton series, Julia Quinn has essentially laid down a very solid groundwork for the Netflix adaptation. In the case of the first season and book, the series pretty much followed all the details of the books. But, in season 2, we saw a lot of changes. Naturally, while half the fanbase loves the changes, the other half is baffled about the changes from the source.
Since Quinn is a creative consultant for the series, fans might expect her to get most of the news beforehand. But, that, apparently, isn’t the case. Julia Quinn said, “I get the bad news ahead of time“. Here’s all the context you need:
Julia Quinn about the ups and downs of casting decisions
It wasn’t long after the release of Bridgerton season 1 that fans received the news of Regé-Jean Page not joining the cast of the Netflix series in season 2. Although his role in the following seasons wouldn’t be as significant as season 1, it certainly would have been great to see him reprising the role as Daphne did. This news was delivered to Quinn ahead of a public announcement to fans.
As for the return of Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley in the upcoming seasons of the Netflix Original, Quinn only got to know of this bit of information as we did. Ashley made a public announcement about Kate and Anthony’s return, which is when Quinn found out.
While Quinn is the author of the book series and knows all about the characters, she only serves as a creative consultant for the ShondaLand series. Her involvement is always “minimal”, as she lets the series take its own course.
One might expect that Julia Quinn would want the adaptation to follow her books strictly. That, however, isn’t the case. She wants the fanbase to have divided opinions about which one is better, as it is a sign that both are doing well on their own. She said, “You can watch the show and read the books and have both two separate experiences and one big experience.”
The first two seasons of Bridgerton are available for streaming on Netflix!