Warning: Minor spoilers for “Queen Charlotte” season one and its tie-in novel Julia Quinn told Insider that she used Shonda Rhimes' scripts to write a new book. Quinn also said she had to be sewn into a dress for her first “Bridgerton” cameo. In her latest novel, “Queen Charlotte,” Julia Quinn had to work with characters she didn't originally create for the first time in “Bridgerton” history. Earlier this month, Netflix premiered a new “Bridgerton” spinoff, “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story,” which doesn't adapt one of Quinn's eight novels in the series , but instead tells a wholly new origin story set around actor Golda Rosheuvel's beloved character, Queen Charlotte, in the Netflix show. This time, Quinn had to reverse-engineer her writing to adapt show creator Shonda Rhimes' scripts into a book, which is co-authored by Quinn and Rhimes, and is available in bookstores now. “Queen Charlotte,” in its novel form, is not an exact replica of the series. For example, it focuses — save for two small scenes — almost exclusively on the young Queen Charlotte's marriage, coronation, and relationship with King George III. Meanwhile, the show has two timelines: one following the young queen, and the other, the older queen. And the book even delves a little deeper by incorporating moments and scenes that were cut from the TV show. Here, Quinn speaks to Insider about working alongside Rhimes on the novel, how she came up with a first name for “Bridgerton” fan-favorite character Brimsley , and her first “Bridgerton” cameo. Julia Quinn decided early on not to have a dual timeline in the ‘Queen Charlotte' book The “Queen Charlotte” novel is a perfect companion piece to the new Netflix series since it often shows a different point of view to what we see on screen. You wrote the novel based on the script, but how did you decide what to keep in the book and what to change? I had to take things out, but then I was able to add things or flesh things out that you can't necessarily do in a show because, for […]
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