Book to Box Office: The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, 1985
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2017
Created by: Bruce Miller
Summary: From the publisher: “Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.”
Working for it: The source material is incredible. Atwood’s story is exciting, chilling, infuriating, and all too real. Too many recent news stories feel like a prologue to this book and at the Women’s March in mid-January there were signs saying MAKE MARGARET ATWOOD FICTION AGAIN. The story of a women subjugated by men will be a great space to make some points about the gender gap while also telling an entertaining story about resisting, finding happiness in the struggle, and not letting the bastards grind you down.
Working against it: Not much. The level of talent involved is fantastic and the plot and themes are painfully relevant to today. The only thing that is going to be a problem is the possibility of the usual kind of man-child idiot who has issue with these sorts of stories, but frankly if we can survive the furor caused by Ghostbusters and the backlash to the new female led Star Wars,then we’ll be fine. You might just need to be quick on the block button if you want to talk about the show on social media.
Wild Card: The wild card is that by April we could be living in this world and the fiction won’t have gone far enough.
Prediction: There was an adaptation of this story already made in the ’90s which wasn’t very good. However, this newer adaptation being a TV show will give the story more breathing room and allow the writers to expand out some plot lines, which will could prove very interesting. I look forward to watching it and also to the discussion it hopefully elicits.
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