Praise be! We were thrilled to see Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale win so many Emmy Awards this weekend, including the big one for Outstanding Drama Series. If you missed the acceptance speech on Sunday, you can watch here. Spoiler: It features author Margaret Atwood rocking what we suspect is handmaid-inspired red.
New to The Handmaid’s Tale? Here’s a quick description: 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 days 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…. Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid’s Tale is at once a scathing satire, dire warning, and literary tour de force.
If you’ve already fallen in love with The Handmaid’s Tale, check out the latest Margaret Atwood adaptation, Alias Grace, coming to Netflix on November 3rd.