Waiting for The Handmaid’s Tale
Big Little Lies has been over for, what?, two weeks now? Do you miss it? It’s OK. There is another.
The Handmaid’s Tale begins next Wednesday, April 26 on Hulu and April 30th in Canada on Bravo. It’s 10 episodes. And we can’t wait. It’s the show Duana and I will be talking about. It’s the show that we’ve already given space to on Show Your Work, without having seen it yet.
The Handmaid’s Tale is, of course, based on Margaret Atwood’s book about how the environment has become toxic, leading to fertility problems, and the new conservative government ruling a future (but not really) America systematically eliminates women’s rights, putting in place laws and practices that control their bodies and silence their voices. Well f-ck me! That could never happen!
The book was adapted for film back in 1990. But, as we all know, we are in the age of Peak TV, so the time is now, and the expectation is high. Will the series do it justice? Here’s how Margaret Atwood herself sees it, as she said in a new interview with the LA Times:
“I think (the series) goes beyond both the book and the original feature film. I think actually it is the more frightening.”
More frightening because it’s just more frightening…or more frightening because of the Now?
It’s a great interview, as you would expect because Margaret Atwood is so f-cking sharp (I’ve interviewed her several times and it’s intimidating as f-ck) but also because it’s not what she says but what she asks you to think about. Which is how she answers a question about hate mail:
“I’ve gotten lots of hate mail over the years. I’ll probably get more once the television series comes out. But I’m not advocating for one thing or the other. I’m saying that what kind of laws you pass — those laws will have certain kinds of results. So you should think carefully about whether you want to have those results or not.
If you’re going to ban birth control, if you’re going to ban information about reproduction, if you’re going to de-fund all of those things, there will be consequences. Do you want those consequences or not? Are you willing to pay for them or not?”
Click here to read the full interview with Margaret Atwood at the LA Times and if you haven’t already, I highly recommend the recent New Yorker profile on her by Rebecca Mead.
Attached – Margaret and Elisabeth Moss in DC yesterday promoting the show.
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