Julia Quinn is the author of the Bridgerton books – ahead of season 2 we asked the novelist all of her favourite things, from books to blankets
Writer Julia Quinn is the brains behind the book series that inspired the hit show ブリジャートン, which was one of the most-watched programmes on Netflix 昨年. The first season – based on the first book in Quinn’s series, The Duke and I (£4.99, Amazon.co.uk) – was star producer Shona Rhimes’s first scripted drama for Netflix.
Quinn fell into being a historical romance novelist almost by accident. But having credited the likes of Eleanor Hibbert and Lisa Kleypas as firm favourites, it’s easy to see why she is a master of her craft. The lavish Regency-set series, which is best described as a hybrid between ゴシップ・ガール そして 高慢と偏見, is set between 1813 そして 1827. the hit show
Out of the eight books, does Quinn have her own favourite? “That is like asking for my favourite child," 彼女が言います. “Each book is special to me for different reasons. It might be a character, it might be a scene. It might be what was happening in my life while I wrote it.”
While writing the most recent book, First Comes Scandal (£6.52, Whsmith.co.uk), Quinn found she benefitted from Netflix’s adaption. The novel is a prequel to her first Bridgerton story and tells of Anthony and Benedict as young boys. “The actors had already been cast when I was writing their scenes," 彼女が言います, “and it was the first time I could picture the characters so distinctly. Luke Newton (who plays Colin) even sent me a baby photo as inspiration. It was marvellous!」
She also praises a new arrival to the TV series: ニュートン, Kate Sharma’s mischievous corgi, who will join the cast for season two, launching on 25 行進. Ahead of the premiere, we asked the author to share all of her favourite things; from the novel that inspired her to become a writer, to the feminist author she recommends to everyone. In the words of Lady Whistledown: dearest reader, meet Julia Quinn.
Book that inspired me to become a writer: ‘The Miracle at St. Bruno’s’ by Philippa Carr, published by Putnam
“As a tween, I read a ton of Eleanor Hibbert, in all her incarnations. My favourites were the books she wrote as Philippa Carr: The Daughters of England series. I loved the drama and the history, but most of all I adored the romances she wove into the stories. I’m quite sure these were the books that cemented my love for historical romance.”
My favourite historical romance novel: ‘Dreaming of You’ by Lisa Kleypas, published by Avon
“It’s impossible to choose a single book or author, but I will say that I read the duo of Then Came You (£5.99, Amazon.co.uk) そして Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas dozens of times while I was writing my first few novels. Kleypas is particularly brilliant with her characterisation, and this brings a depth to her romances that is unparalleled.”
The appliance I couldn’t live without: Sodastream spirit
“I can’t live without my Sodastream. I drink SO MUCH fizzy water. I love it.”
Feminist author I’d recommend: Gloria Steinem
“My favourite piece of feminist literature? Anything by Gloria Steinem. She is an utterly brilliant speaker and writer. I don’t know how anyone could listen to her words and not call themselves a feminist.”
The thing that makes me feel more calm: A weighted blanket
“My weighted blanket. I feel instantly cosy and secure.”
Quinn didn’t specify her exact one, but our go-to recommendation is Mela chill weighted blanket, which took the top spot in our 最高のレビュー.
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