‘Bridgerton’ Turned Shonda Rhimes’ Favourite Book Sequence By Accident
Since debuting in December 2020, Netflix’s Bridgerton series has attracted the attention of an estimated 82 million subscribers. The TV adaptation of Julia Quinn’s Regency-era novels that follow the opulent Bridgerton family is a certified hit, but the writer revealed that producer Shonda Rhimes’ interest in her novels came “out of nowhere”.
During a recent interview on the Tamron Hall talk show Quinn described the surprising way their partnership came about. “It came out of nowhere,” she began. “I just sat there pretending to write at a Starbucks and my phone rang and it was my agent and he said, ‘Have you heard from Shonda Rhimes?'”
Quinn continued, “And I just went, ‘Uh, yeah.’ He said, “Well, I just got the most interesting phone call.” I practically fell off my chair because no one was adapting romance novels. People will ask me, “How did you sell it?” And I’ll say, ‘I don’t have anything done. ‘ “So Quinn did a regular Starbucks run like many mortals do, pretending to work and leaving said Starbucks with a huge business? By doing this, he explained that look on a blank computer screen in a coffee shop is actually a bosses move.
Quinn went on to explain how Shonda first heard about her bestselling series after experiencing any bookworm’s worst nightmare: not bringing enough books to read when traveling. “As I understand it, Shonda ran out of books to read on vacation and somehow stumbled upon one of mine. It’s crazy to think that my life was changed forever because Shonda didn’t bring enough reading material on vacation, but that’s exactly what happened, ”she added.
Thanks to Rhimes, the romantic drama aroused massive interest in Quinn’s Bridgerton books. This week, The Duke and I are top of the New York Times bestseller list for the third year in a row. The second and fourth Bridgerton novels, The Viscount Who Loved Me and Romancing Mister Bridgerton also landed on the New York Times’ prestigious literary list. “Sales of all eight books in the series have grown exponentially since the show premiered,” an Avon Books spokesperson told People.
Quinn and Rhimes are forces to be reckoned with on their own. Together they cannot be stopped. Netflix has just lit Bridgerton Season 2 green, so their rule over the streaming platform won’t end anytime soon.