Did you get sucked into the steamy romance and scandalous drama that was “Bridgerton?” The hit Netflix show based on a book series had many of us binge-watching every available episode and wanting more. It’s also left fans wondering just how accurate it is as far as dating. Did people in the 1800s really base their entire lives around trying to find a worthy suitor as soon as they were old enough to have children? This is what the show gets right and wrong, according to dating expert Maria Sullivan.
- Marriage really was the number one priority – As over the top as it seems, dating in the 1800s was all about finding a proper partner and tying the knot. Sullivan says there’s a lot less pressure on young people today to find love, adding, “It’s become more of a personal choice than a life mission.” Back then, courting was all about gowns and suits, hand fans, ballroom dancing and grand romantic gestures. But the dating expert says these things haven’t gone away, they’ve just changed in modern times …like promposals over-the-top proposals.
- What “Bridgerton” gets right – According to Sullivan, the show does a fantastic job of capturing the characters’ dire need to find a mate ASAP. “Bridgerton places a large emphasis on dating with the intent to marry from the moment a potential pair first meets,” she explains, and that’s what it was really like in those days.
- But the show does miss the mark a bit – As far as flaws in “Bridgerton,” Sullivan says one of the biggest is the dramatization of meet-cutes. One thing in particular that she points out as far fetched? The focus on “the art of the swoon.” The show emphasizes a woman’s ability to gracefully stage a faint at a moment’s notice so she can fall into the arms of a potential match. But this dating expert says fainting had the same connotations back then as it does today, something seen as a little embarrassing and not so much romantic.
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