The differences between Bridgerton’s books


Just call me Lady Whisteldown, because I’m telling you all the secrets.

Attention dear readers, I think it is safe to say that Bridgerton is officially the diamond of the season.

In case you didn’t know, the hit Netflix series is based on Julia Quinn The duke and me, the first novel in a series of eight books on the Bridgerton siblings.

Now, I’m one of those people who needs to read the book before watching the show, which means I easily spotted all the differences between the two. So, without further ado your grace, here are the biggest differences between the book and the series:

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Simon and Daphne meet in a slightly different way.

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On the show, Daphne bumps into him at a ball before being officially introduced by his brother, Anthony. However, in the book, Daphne is accosted by Lord Berbrooke in the hallway and she knocks him unconscious, similar to the garden scene in the show’s pilot. Simon stumbles upon her and Berbrook’s unconscious body, and the two devise a plan to get him away before anyone sees him.

Anthony was in their cunning.

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In the series, Daphne and Simon keep their fake romance completely under lock and key, especially from Anthony, who despises their relationship. very known. But in the book, Anthony is so angry that Daphne and Simon explain their ruse and swear to keep it a secret. It made it even more shocking to find the two hip in the garden!

Simon’s stutter is not completely gone.


In the book and in the series, Simon struggles with a stutter as a young child, which horribly leads his father to deny him. In the series, Simon’s stutter is gone as an adult and is only mentioned in the past (with the exception of a scene with Lady Danbury). But in The duke and mehe always struggles with, usually when his emotions are running high, and that becomes something that we see him actively working to overcome during his relationship with Daphne.

And he doesn’t box.


That’s right, Simon’s affinity for boxing is 100% limited to the show. That being said, I am not complaining in any way 😏.

Benedict does not attend orgies or artistic bohemian evenings.


While Benedict is also an artist in the books, that’s about all that is the same. There are no bohemian parties or orgies in sight, but fear not. His book, An offer and a gentleman, still has a lot of spicy scenes.

Marina Thompson does not exist.


Okay, ~ technically ~ she mentioned very briefly in the fifth book – To Sir Phillip, with love – as the late wife of Eloise’s love interest, Phillip Crane. But she’s never alive on the page, so for all intents and purposes her character on the show is basically written from scratch. This pregnancy scandal? Her engagement to Colin? Yeah, never happened.

And she’s not the only one. There are a ton of new characters on the show that don’t appear anywhere in the books.


Madame Delacroix, Will Mondrich, Siena Russo, Prince Friederich, Lord Featherington and Queen Charlotte are all characters exclusive to the series.

And finally, the identity of Lady Whistledown is not revealed until much later.


The identity of the elusive Lady Whistledown is revealed in the closing moments of the show’s season finale, but it is not revealed at all in the book. In fact, the book doesn’t really focus on finding out who she is. Eloise doesn’t conduct an investigation, and while people are curious, they mostly just leave her anonymous. Lady W’s identity is finally discovered in the fourth book of the series, Romance M. Bridgerton.

Have you read the Bridgerton books? Spot a difference that I missed? Let me know in the comments!

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