Margret Atwood’s classic work of speculative fiction The Handmaid’s Tale is soon to be a Hulu series and readers are lining up in droves to read the book before the series begins. According to The Huffington Post libraries across the country are struggling to keep up with the waitlist. The NYPL has currently 546 holds on 96 copies of The Handmaid’s Tale and the same is true across the country in Chicago of the 160 copies all but two physical copies have been checked out in and even the e-book has similar waits. This is like the phenomenon when 1984 was the must read book as day by day these dystopian societies depicted in the book seem all to real.
Margret Atwood has said recently that the book is more relevant than ever today. As it seems like a religious fundamentalist society, led by the government, takes away women’s autonomy — and their rights to their own bodies. Sure with all the anti abortion laws going on the books across the nation. The New Yorker has an interesting profile on Atwood. I read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school about 3 lustra ago and it’s been one of those that I’d like to re-read for some time as I never finished the epilogue. If you haven’t read the book it is a good book, not sure if the movie or television adaptations are any good.