No Regé-Jean Page in Bridgerton Season 2 and Other Book Adaptation Decisions That Have Upset Fans

Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in "Bridgerton" season one. Photo Courtesy: Netflix

We still haven’t fully recovered from Lady Whistledown’s announcement about the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page) not returning to Bridgerton for its season two on Netflix.

The romantic show set in Regency-era London became Netflix’s biggest series ever when a record 82 million households around the world swooned in harmony and watched Bridgerton in the first 28 days after its debut.

Readers of the original novels by Julia Quinn, on which the show is based, probably had an inkling that season two would be sans Page since each book of the series focuses on one of the Bridgerton siblings and their love story.

Lady Whistledown — the incisive gossip writer voiced in the show by Julie Andrews — has indeed already reported Bridgerton’s much anticipated second season will be dominated by Lord Anthony Bridgerton (Jonathan Bailey) and his quest to find a Viscountess. I know, Lord Bridgerton is no Duke of Hastings. But with Simon (Page) and Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor) married, reconciled, pretty much in love and having already produced their first offspring by the end of Bridgerton season one, there’s not much more to add to that story other than a lot of everyday domesticities. And that hardly makes for good TV.

Bridgerton isn’t the only book adaptation that has upset fans. Here are some more examples of screen versions that angered readers and viewers.