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Bridgerton Thoughts

When I saw the previews back in December 2020, I wanted to watch it and just should have immediately done so because after it came out, everyone on the internet, ew folks, don’t embarrass yourselves. So I will never fully rid myself of that icky feeling. And I couldn’t avoid it. I’ve actively avoid reading opinions, but this was just everywhere. Plus I already get a reversal of interest when things are too popular at times.

I’m just going to touch on the fluffy stuff (i.e. most of it). Any mere mention of anything else is verboten, please and thank you.

Yes, I know it’s not supposed to be historically accurate, but they did pick a time period, and I am a history person.

When I was thinking about the costumes, particularly the Featheringtons (as they really reminded me of the step-sisters in Cinderella 2012) I realized that the difference between Cinderella 2012 being sort of historical fantasy and Bridgerton feeling a bit more like, bad history, is the attempt to set Bridgerton in a specific time. Whereas Cinderella was much more vague. I think that would have been a bit better.

And as to the costumes, yeah, the Featheringtons obviously were totally inaccurate in every way. I think the Bridgertons and Marina Thompson (before Mrs. Featherington gets her clothes) were most accurate.

And the corset thing, seriously, did they do some inaccuracies deliberately on purpose to be annoying? Tight lacing corsets as a common thing is a Victorian myth, and then they put that inaccuracy onto Regency during which such undergarments were called STAYS (like all the centuries before) AND during which fashions didn’t need small waists as they were hidden? Surely they are trolling.

Which leads me to:

Was it supposed to be as funny as I found it?
The duel scene was when I really felt the ludicrousness, and I lost it. I mean the duel was so deadly serious, melodramatic, and stereotypical with the penultimate ludicrousness with Daphne’s dramatic entrance and tumble. All the Georgette Heyer duels play on the absurdity for humor. But this seemed like it was supposed to be serious?
I was crying with laughter when the f-boys in 1813 meme bit came in.

2 Comments

  • Elizabeth

    Honestly I haven’t seen Bridgerton and I don’t particularly have a lot of interest but the absurdity of everything around it is so funny to me that part of me wants to be in on the joke, but then it’s almost funnier being on the outside of it
    (love the f boys meme lol)

    • Rachel Olivia

      I think it’s fun, but because of the content rating and the just absolute absurdity, I’m a bit ashamed to admit I watch honestly.

      The f-boys meme is perfection.

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