Handmaid’s Tale, the Series

More than once I’ve read Margaret Atwood’s novel of the dystopian country of Gilead, formerly known as the United States of America. Each reading of The Handmaid’s Tale has caused me to see some new and horrifying aspect of a brave new world in which some women, those who are fertile, are reduced to being nothing more than brood mares, while their infertile counterparts serve men in other ways.

When I first read the novel I was a young mom with two children underfoot, and I was devastated by the main character’s separation from her child. I couldn’t imagine anyone trying to take my babies away, and her heartache was my heartache.

The second time I read The Handmaid’s Tale my children were teenagers, and all I could think of was that my daughter could be used in this birthing scheme, while I would be relegated to being a Martha or an Auntie–someone whose only purpose in life was to cook or clean for a commander and his family.

When I read the book for a third time, Donald Trump had just been sworn in and I had just taken part in a women’s march to protest his misogynistic views. Now I read the book from a whole world perspective. I saw how women, with just a few winks and nods from Congress, could drop rapidly in status just because men declared us to be second class citizens.

Friends kept urging me to watch the Hulu series based on the book, but I was afraid I’d be disappointed. Now, after spending two days binge watching the first season on dvd, I’m in awe. Not only has the series captured the book perfectly in scope and mood, but it has also brought back every one of those emotions I experienced during my past experiences with the book.

The Handmaid’s Tale will take you by the shoulders and shake you until you’re only capable of seeing the paths that lie ahead. We really are on the cusp in this country, and this series reminds us to be wary. Keep resisting.

Peace, people.

Author: nananoyz

I'm a semi-retired crazy person with one husband and two cats.

13 thoughts on “Handmaid’s Tale, the Series”

  1. I have read the book many, many years ago. It’s a scary picture, but already so true for many women across the globe. As for the series, I will not watch it because I loved the book.

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  2. I have been glued to both seasons, and wait for the 3rd next year. Season 2 is going beyond the book, but I think it stays true to the concept Atwood began in the book. Get ready for some gut wrenching moments as well as some woman power in Season 2 🙂

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  3. Oh Leslie!! I too am in such disbelief of how this show has parallels to what is happening or what some would like to happen in our society more so today than any other time!!! There’s a couple of female Washington Post writers who have written an article describing these parallels!! I’ll see if I can find it for you!! So freaking scary!!! The show and acting is incredible!! Was nominated for 13 Emmy’s!!! Just when you think the unimaginable things that happen in Season 1… can’t get any worse or better…… I’ll leave it at that.

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  4. I’ve been hovering around this series for a long time. Haven’t read the book. For some reason I want to watch it by myself i.e. not as family viewing or with my husband even. I will have to wait for my opportunity. Perhaps I’ll start with the book. Thank you for your review.

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    1. That would be my recommendation. Start with the book. It’s not a long one. I’m interested to know what you think. And I couldn’t get Studly to watch the series. He watched the first episode with me, but there wasn’t enough action for him.

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