JENNIFER PLATT | Come on, let’s join the fun and rip a few bodices

Sorry, book snobs, but demand for Julia Quinn’s ‘Bridgerton’ series has exploded since Netflix got hold of it

10 February 2021 - 20:35 By jennifer platt

I love the term “bodice-ripper”. You can hear it, see it, feel it. Even though most of us have never worn a bodice or know the difference between one and a corset. (According to the interwebs a bodice is an article of clothing worn by females in the 16th to 18th centuries, which covered their torsos. A corset is a garment, reinforced with stays, that supports the waistline, hips and bust, and was worn by females in the 16th to 20th centuries. Now they are worn by anyone and, according to rumour, even Tom Cruise in a few movies.)

The Netflix series Bridgerton brought the bodice-ripper back (corset-shredder doesn’t sound as sexy). Bridgerton is now the most watched show of all time on the streaming channel. Who would have thought that a schmaltzy regency drama would have such appeal for so many people? But it does have the perfect recipe (Gossip Girl meets Jane Austen) for a mega-hit, with more than 86 million households watching it in its first week. Produced by Shonda Rhimes’s company Shondaland, the series became a game-changer due to its colour-inclusive casting — it runs with the premise that Queen Charlotte was the first British royal with African lineage and that because of her there are loads of gentry who are people of colour.  ..

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