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Name: Bridgerton
Creator: Julia Quinn (author) and Shonda Rhimes (tv producer)
Date(s): 2000-2006 (books)
2020-current (tv show)
Medium: books, television show
Country of Origin: US
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Bridgerton is a popular historical romance novel series written by Julia Quinn and set in the Regency era. The series follows a set of siblings (the titular "Bridgertons") as they find love and is known for the inclusion of a Gossip Girl-style narrator known as Lady Whistledown. It's also known for a controversial scene involving Daphne Bridgerton tricking Simon Basset into sex while drunk in order to conceive a child even though he has expressed that he doesn't want to have children.[1][2][3] This incident is often called "The Scene" by Bridgerton fans.

The series has also been adapted into a television show by Shonda Rhimes for Netflix, which caused a renewed interest in the books.


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Bridgerton fandom participates in the regular fannish activities of making fanfiction, fanart, gifset, vids etc. Although the books were incredibly popular within the romance community prior to their adaptation into a TV show by Netflix, there wasn't much of a transformative fandom around them. Most of the fannish activity on sites like AO3 and Tumblr is based around the Netflix show, rather than the books, although there are a small handful of book-only fanworks.

Common Tropes

  • Modern AU
  • Canon Divergence AU


The two most popular pairings in the Bridgerton fandom include Anthony Bridgerton/Kate Sheffield (Kate Sharma in the Netflix show) and Colin Bridgerton/Penelope Featherington. They're more or less equally popular, although Kathony is currently the first most popular pairing on AO3 with 250 or so more works than Polin, although "Colin Bridgerton & Penelope Featherington" also appears in the top 10 pairings.[4][5] Pairings featuring the other Bridgerton siblings are also popular, although many of the fanworks tagged on AO3 with them feature them as a side pairing to one of the main two pairings. However the third most popular pairing in the book tag, Sophie Beckett/Benedict Bridgerton, has a number of works focused on the pairing[6] while the third most popular pairing in the Netflix show tag, Simon Basset/Daphne Bridgerton, rarely appears as the main pairing of works.[7]

Because of the series' nature as romance, specifically het romance, it's a rare fandom where slash and femslash don't dominate the popular pairings. None of the top 10 pairings on AO3 are same sex[4] and even Reader fic is more popular.[8] Still, there are a handful of Benedict Bridgerton/Henry Granville works on AO3,[9] as well as some Simon Basset/Anthony Bridgerton.[10] Eloise Bridgerton/Penelope Featherington fics,[11] is the only femslash pairing with a notable number of works. Also interesting is that despite the first season of the Netflix show and the first book centering around the Simon Basset/Daphne Bridgerton pairing, it is very much not the most popular pairing, likely due to the aforementioned issues fans have with their relationship.



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  1. ^ My Issue With The Bridgertons Series – The Duke and I by Julia Quinn (Review). Posted 17 Dec 2020. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  2. ^ Yes, Bridgerton's Non-Consensual Sex Scene Is Controversial — But It's Meant To Be. Posted 29 Dec 2020. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  3. ^ Winsome or Loathsome: Daphne Bridgerton. Originally Posted 2 Mar 2015. Reposted 2 Jan 2021. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  4. ^ a b Bridgerton Series - Julia Quinn Tag on AO3. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  5. ^ Bridgerton (TV) Tag on AO3. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  6. ^ Sophie Beckett/Benedict Bridgerton Tag on AO3. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  7. ^ Simon Basset/Daphne Bridgerton Tag on AO3, filtered for "otp:true." Accessed 2 May 2023. Compare to the unfiltered tag, which is about 2/3rds being tagged as a side pairing.
  8. ^ Bridgerton (TV) Tag on AO3. Accessed 2 May 2023, when both "Benedict Bridgerton/Reader " and "Anthony Bridgerton/Reader" appeared in the top 10 most popular pairings.
  9. ^ Benedict Bridgerton/Henry Granville. Tag on AO3. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  10. ^ Simon Basset/Anthony Bridgerton Tag on AO3. Accessed 2 May 2023.
  11. ^ Eloise Bridgerton/Penelope Featherington Tag on AO3. Accessed 2 May 2023.