With the next season of Bridgerton hitting our screens, Classics Editor Marissa Constantinou reveals the period love stories that inspired the hit Netflix show, and the books to read if you just can't get enough of Bridgerton.
Netflix’s hit series Bridgertonhas taken the world by storm, and as season two grips us all we want to delve into the central subject that keeps us going back for more: the love stories.
Directed by Shonda Rhimes and adapted from the original novels by Julia Quinn, the Bridgerton world offers an enticing twist on we know and love. But whichever romance trope you fall hardest for, it's fair to say that the classics did it first.
Whether it's forbidden love, enemies to friends, or just good old fashioned romantic tension, the classics have it all. So if, like us, you've found yourself hooked by will-they-won't-they romances between the couples of Bridgerton, you’ll love the classic novels that paved the way for each of their love stories.
Read on for our selection of the books to read if you love Bridgerton: the romance edit.
The ‘will they, won’t they’ love story
The class-conscious love story
The ‘friendzone’ love story
The radical love story
The match-made love story
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