The Bridgerton Books, Ranked By How Badly We Want to See Them Happen On Screen

We've been doing some reading and we've got some thoughts on future seasons of Bridgerton, based on our enjoyment of all eight books.

By Lauren Piester May 10, 2021 10:37 PMTags
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Season two of Bridgerton may only be in the early stages of production, but it's never too early to dream.

It's also never too early to binge-read all eight books and begin casting future seasons in our heads, which is what you can bet we've been doing lately. And let us tell you, it's been a joy. The books are easy and delightful reads, with all the possible romance tropes you either already love or don't yet know you love, and it only has us more excited for upcoming seasons than we already were, Regé-Jean Page or no Regé-Jean Page

So far, the show has been renewed through season four at least. If it sticks to the original plan, that means we'll get one main Bridgerton romance per season. And if executive producer Shonda Rhimes is to be believed, that means we'll get eight seasons. 

"The concept is that every season, there's a couple and that couple is the hot couple that you're falling in love with, right? And there are eight Bridgertons," she told Vanity Fair. "So by the time you get to [prepubescent] Hyacinth—oh, dear God, she'll be grown up by then. Obviously we're not going to match up a child!—we'll grow Hyacinth up and you'll see her story too." 

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Hyacinth, of course, is the youngest Bridgerton, though her story is told in the seventh book. Even if the show doesn't make it to seven or eight seasons, it feels very possible that all the Bridgerton romances could make it onto the screen. In a house of eight siblings, they must have learned how to share at some point! 

After reading all eight books, we've ranked them and their romances in terms of how excited we are to see them play out—and how accurately we hope to see them play out. While we enjoyed each tale, there are certainly some we wouldn't mind seeing change for the better when Netflix gets a hold of them. 

Book 2: The Viscount Who Loved Me (Anthony)

Anthony is the oldest Bridgerton and therefore the Bridgerton most traumatized by his father's untimely death due to a bee sting. This plays an unexpectedly large, touching, and also sort of hilarious role in his quest to find a wife. He thinks he's also going to die young, so he's determined to marry someone he doesn't love. You can imagine how badly that goes for him over the course of this romance novel. 

Anthony first sets his sights on Edwina, but things take a turn with her older sister, Kate, who happens to hate him. If this plays out like it does in the book—and it sounds like it will, based on the casting so far—we are in for a very fun ride. 

Book 4: Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Colin)

The seeds of this story have already been sewn into the show, and it feels like it's going to be good. Romancing Mister Bridgerton tells the story of Colin Bridgerton, who thinks of Penelope Featherington as a good friend, and Penelope, who is desperately in love with Colin. He eventually realizes that she's more than a good friend, but it takes half a book and a Lady Whistledown reveal for it to happen. 

The viewers already know that Penelope is secretly Lady Whistledown, but in the books, no one knows (not even the reader) until Colin discovers it. Colin has some growing up to do (and some character developing to do) before this story plays out, but assuming Penelope's secret can be kept until the right time, this could be a very satisfying romance indeed. 

Book 7: It's In His Kiss (Hyacinth)

Hyacinth is too young on screen right now to tell, but she might be the best character in the whole series. The youngest Bridgerton is smart, funny, stubborn and wildly adventurous, as seen in her romance with Gareth St. Clair. His father hates him, but there are mysterious jewels apparently hidden in his family home that Gareth and Hyacinth (mostly Hyacinth) are determined to find. As they search, they fall in love, obviously.

This story feels like a bit of a departure from some of the other romances, as it involves a lot of late night sneaking and sometimes Hyacinth (gasp!) wears pants, but it's lots of fun and will certainly be fun to watch if the show actually has time to get there. Currently, Hyacinth is 10.

Book 8: On the Way to the Wedding (Gregory)

Gregory, the youngest male Bridgerton and second youngest Bridgerton overall, is a bit of a mess, but he decides he's deeply in love when he first sees Hermione Watson. Unfortunately, she's in love with somebody else, but she's got a nice friend named Lucy who turns out to be better anyway. Unfortunately, Lucy is already engaged to someone else, so Gregory has to stop a wedding. 

There's a lot going on here, but the ending has a whole lot of exciting TV potential. There are guns, there's a sort of hostage situation, and there's even a near death in the epilogue. It's gonna be fun, though once again, unclear if there will even be time to get to Gregory.

Book 6: When He Was Wicked (Francesca)

Francesca is a bit of an enigma in the Bridgerton family because she's often mentioned but rarely actually present until her own book. She was away at school, and then she got married early on with little fanfare to an earl who she loved dearly, and then she moved away to Scotland. A couple of years into her marriage, her husband dies, and her best friend and husband's cousin Michael, who has always been in love with her, becomes the new earl. 

Francesca and Michael's romance might be the most intense and definitely the...steamiest...of all the Bridgertons, and it's certainly a fun read. However, in order to make this season any good, we're going to have to start caring about Francesca long before it's time to tell the story of this romance.

Book 5: To Sir Phillip, With Love (Eloise)

In the books, Eloise is sort of furious at her best friend Penelope for suddenly getting married, and she begins a pen pal love affair with a man named Phillip. Phillip has just lost his wife (Eloise's cousin, Marina), who suffered from a horrible depression, and he and Eloise begin writing to each other.

Eloise is one of the series' best characters, and there's some good stuff to be found here as she goes to stay at his country house and meet his two badly behaved children, but the show might be taking this story in a different direction. On screen, Marina is a Featherington cousin who is devastated to find out that the man she loves has died in battle. Phillip is the one who arrives to tell Marina this news, and offers to marry her instead. We last saw them riding off in a carriage together, so it's not clear what the plan is for Eloise. It could stay the same, since Eloise is currently 17 and doesn't get married until she's 28. But that's a dark future for Marina that we're not sure we're into.

Book 3: An Offer From a Gentleman (Benedict)

Benedict, an artist, saves a housemaid named Sophie from sexual assault at a party by bringing her home to work for the Bridgertons, and then gets awfully confused when he falls in love with her. What he doesn't realize is that she's actually the illegitimate daughter of an earl and has been mistreated by her evil stepmother, so she's not actually just a servant. It's weird Cinderella. 

Benedict and Sophie's love story is not bad, but it is sort of uncomfortable at times. Sophie spends a lot of time being like, "I'm just a maid but also not just a maid!" and Benedict spends a lot of time trying to convince her to be his mistress, because she's just a maid. So far on screen, Benedict has been attending orgies and learning about secret gay relationships, which hopefully means there's something a little more interesting planned for him on the show.   

Book 1: The Duke and I (Daphne)

Obviously this season has already aired and we've all already fallen deeply in love with Regé-Jean Page as the Duke, but had you asked us before we saw that man's face, we would have said this book was towards the bottom of the list. It's a great intro to the family, but we will never not be weirded out by the way Daphne tries to con her husband into giving her children while he takes advantage of her lack of sexual education. None of the other books get quite that murky with biology and consent, so if you didn't like that part of the first season, you shouldn't have to worry about the rest of the series.

The first season of Bridgerton is streaming on Netflix.

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