If you watched this years Superbowl, you will have seen the advert, featuring a woman in a red coat, followed by 2 minutes of wait, what. Well as most series and films go, it’s based on a book. Margaret Atwood’s iconic, The Handmaid’s Tale. Interestingly, the book was written over 30 years ago. I loved the idea of not having a cash or a card and just looking into the Compuchek to determine whether a person has any credit.
Fast forward to the Gilead regime and we have gone back in time, where women are either sexual partners to The Commander, a Commander’s wife, an Aunt or in the colonies. 4 roles, each with varying degrees of importance, depending on a variety of factors. This could have been whether the women was married pre-regime, is fertile, has spent their time as a handmaid. It took me awhile to understand what each of the roles meant and their significance in the social hierarchy.
The book has been banned in many schools due to the nature of its content. It will be interesting to see if the Hulu series advertised in the Superbowl, will cause an increase in book sales. This article from 2012 is a fascinating insight into how Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid’s Tale.
Some of my favourite quotes from the book:
Better never means better for everyone, he says. It always means worse, for some.
I believe there can be no light without shadow; or rather, no shadow unless there is also light.