BOOK TO TV REVIEW: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Honestly, I watched this series this winter when I was sick and laying in bed this winter.  I literally binge-watched the whole series before I realized that it was a book series.  I knew that I had to read it since I like to read things that are a movie or show to find out what the true story is. 

So imagine my delight when I found them at my hometown used bookstore new but with a 25% off sticker gracing the front.  Fast forward to July and I am reading it for my book club book this month.  I knew then that I wanted to do a book-to-movie comparison of it this month.  

The first thing that struck me was the second episode opening of the show is actually the prologue in the book.  While that doesn’t really matter, it does throw off the rest of it for me, since events are out of line.  The book has virtually no mention of the Featheringtons.  You see them at the balls a few times and the girls are introduced to Simon and that is about the end of it.  I will say that I do love the part they play in the series.  It adds drama and a edge to the show.  Their ward Marina is also not a character in the book.  Which is fine with me her storyline isn’t something that I loved.  It just kind of showcased the nasty nature of Lady Featherington and her maid.  

I wish that the show had made Daphne as sharp and witty as she is in the book.  She is absolutely hilarious.  The comments that come out of her had me giggling.  She gave Simon a run for his money.   There are many things about the book that are not in the shows.  I know that shows take liberties but I wish that some of the things in the book would have remained in the show.  There are so many little things that I can’t go into everything that is different.  In the end watch the show but also read the book because it is fantastic.  I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and find out more about the Bridgerton children.

Make sure to check out the new Bridgerton series on Netflix. Season one is out now and season 2 is already approved. Pick up the first book in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, The Duke and I from your local bookstore or on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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