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The Handmaid’s Tale: To Be Continued in “The Testaments”

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Good news, Handmaid fans! Margaret Atwood just announced she will deliver a sequel to her dystopian classic, The Handmaid’s Tale, next year. To be titled The Testaments (Random House), Atwood promises readers, “Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.” (Gilead, for those few souls who might not know, refers to the repressive Puritan-like regime that takes over the United States after a revolution.) Published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale was also inspired by world events. In the early 1980s, AIDS was spreading, there was famine in Ethiopia, the Equal Rights Amendment fell short of ratification and the ozone…

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For MaddAddam Fans: Another Margaret Atwood Adaptation Is In The Works

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Paramount TV has acquired the rights to the MaddAddam Trilogy, a dystopian series by “The Handmaid’s Tale” author.   Just last week, Variety revealed that the MaddAddam Trilogy is joining the ranks of anticipated Margaret Atwood adaptations. Like Hulu’s Emmy-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale,and Netflix’s Alias Grace, the three novels—Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam—will soon be venturing to the small screen. Paramount TV, which was formerly Spike TV and is currently the home of Waco, has secured the rights. The MaddAddam Trilogy adaptation will likely be as riveting—and as frighteningly plausible—as Atwood’s other works that have already received the small screen treatment. Set in a dystopian future, the last human on Earth, “Snowman” née Jimmy, recounts the the fall of humanity while…

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Top 5 Reasons to Binge Watch Emmy Nominated ‘The Handmaids Tale’ This Week

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Hulu‘s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel, The Handmaid’s Tale,  premiered on April 26 and Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred, is nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  Alexis Bledel (known for her role on Gilmore Girls) won her first Emmy in an early award’s presentation for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. You may remember Atwood’s book from your high school English class, or simply because it’s still one of the best books ever written. While some of our standard required reading tomes feel dated, The Handmaid’s Tale is a fresh and relevant story that cautions against a horrifying totalitarian future. Despite being written over 30 years ago, it still feels distressingly…

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ is Coming to Netflix!

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Another Margaret Atwood book adaptation is coming to TV again, and we couldn’t be more excited. After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, we’re pretty much willing to watch any Atwood adaptation. She’s long been one of our favorite authors, with her inventive (and often super creepy!) storytelling. This time, it’s her bestselling 1996 historical novel, Alias Grace, that’s set to premiere on Netflix in November. Alias Grace is about a real life historical event that took place in Canada: the 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper. 16-year-old Grace Marks was a servant of Kinnear’s, and both she and fellow servant, James McDermott, were convicted of the crimes. While James was eventually executed, Grace was…

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