Honestly, it has been MONTHS since I read The Handmaid’s Tale. I read it last year, in fact (2017), for an English class about empathy. It wasn’t originally on the syllabus, but the students got to vote for the final book of the course.
So… I really do not remember the details of this book. I remember how much I enjoyed reading it, and I remember how eerie it was to see bits and pieces of today’s society reflected in such a dystopian setting. But that feeling comes with most dystopias, so that’s really nothing special about The Handmaid’s Tale.
If I had posted this review a decade ago, not nearly as many people would have heard of this book yet. That’s not to say it’s not a good book, but instead I say it because of the Hulu show. As a result of the show, almost everyone has heard of both the show and the book.
How does the show compare to the book?
Well, at this moment, I’ve only see the first two episodes. So I can’t tell you much, but the cinematography is beautiful and the plot and characters are entertaining, but the show does stray quite a bit from the book.
For starters, the setting is a little outdated in the book. Its set in the near future, but those of us living in the present might not recognize some of the references (which reflect the 70s and 80s, which was around the time the book was written and published). The show is clearly set in a more modern time than the book.
Either way, both formats of The Handmaid’s Tale are equally unnerving because, whether now or fifty years ago, the plot is a disturbing warning of what could be.
The plot, if you’re wondering (read the blurb!), features a woman, Offred, who is basically enslaved as a result of a totalitarian government that dictates that women are property (and baby-making machines). Yikes.
The hype for this book/show is well deserved. In this book, reading is forbidden, so take advantage of your right to read, and GO READ THIS BOOK! And then binge the show! 😉
I’ll be working on getting back into the show ASAP. So let me know if you plan to/have read or watch(ed) The Handmaid’s Tale and what your thoughts are!
P.S. I’m pretty sure that you can get Spotify and Hulu for like $5/month if you’re a student!