With so many different takes on a post-apocalyptic or dystopian society already out there, it might seem crazy to bring another one to the small screen. But Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is an upsettingly new and completely disturbing take on the dystopian societies of pop culture that we have come to know and love/fear.
Based on the excellent 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” tells the story of Offred, a woman living in a dystopian version of what appears to be the once United States, who is forced to act as a surrogate of sorts to the barren wife of one of the new leaders. I don’t want to give too much away, but the government that we know no longer exists, and a semi-religious group has taken over, sorting women into categories based on the skills they can provide.
I first read the book back in high school for a class and was immediately pulled in by the story (Atwood is an amazing writer fyi, if you read and like this book be sure to check out “The Blind Assassin” as well!) and thought it would make at least a great movie. They did end up making a movie of it in the early 90’s, starring Natasha Richardson and Faye Dunaway (of recent Oscar fiasco fame), but I never saw it, mostly because it didn’t look super great. However, this new TV (or streaming TV, whatever) adaptation looks like it might live up to my own hype for the book. It looks just as fascinating and unnerving as the book was, and with Elizabeth Moss in the role of Offred (and a very not-Rory Gilmore role for Alexis Bledel) it’s bound to be excellent. At least, that’s what I’m hoping.
What do you think? Excited for “The Handmaid’s Tale”? Worried that in our current political and social climate this whole story doesn’t seem as unlikely as one might hope? Me too… Well, anyway, I’m going to go find something to think about that won’t give me panic sweats. You, on the other hand, should…