TV Show Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

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Hi everyone! Today I’m going to write about something I had promised you a while ago but I never actually did.

A couple of months ago I wrote a post about “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, in the post I explained that I started to read the book after I saw the TV show, and I promised to write a separate post for the show, but I never did. That was because even after I finished the book I waited before seeing the last episode because I didn’t really want the show to end.

Well, I finally decided to watch it last week, right before the Emmys, and as I imagined, I wasn’t disappointed. After reading the book and seeing the show I can honestly tell that I believe they did an amazing job. Just so you know there may be a few spoilers in this post, you have been warned, if you haven’t seen the show or read the book I suggest you do it, they are really interesting.

They added a few things in the show, but they did it in a way that made sense so I wasn’t bothered by it. All the actors were incredible even the ones that had small parts. I mean “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a story set in a very closed environment, there aren’t really that many characters and I really have to say that Elisabeth Moss did an incredible job as Offred. She is the main character, the whole story is told from her point of view, and I think Elisabeth nailed the performance, after watching the show, as I was reading the book, I couldn’t imagine a different Offred. The Emmy she received is so well deserved.

Speaking of Elisabeth Moss I think she is a tremendous actress I loved her in Mad Man and in Top of the Lake, she is so good at portraying badass female characters, I got nothing but love for her. Peggy’s evolution in Mad Man was something amazing to watch. And also in this part, she was amazing in portraying the very subtle way Offred shows her strength, for example when she looks at Serena Joy after she finds out she is pregnant, and tells her “Do you think I prayed for this?”, scenes like this one were the ones where we see the true strength of her character.

The whole season was so cool to watch but there were a few cool scenes in the finale that I really liked: the first one was when Offred is insulting Serena Joy in the car, that was so cool, another one was when she refused to throw the stone at Janine, that was a really powerful scene, and I also love the scene when Moira reunites with Luke, it was really touching, and finally the ending that was cool as well.

What about you guys? Have you seen the show or read the book? If you did, what did you think about it? Let me know in the comments.

After seeing the Emmys I started to watch Big Little Lies, I’ve only watched the first two episodes and so far I’m really digging it.

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches.”

 

 

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Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Hi everyone! Guess what? I’ve finally finished “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. I know I’ve promised you a review a while ago, but I’ve been kind of busy lately and I wasn’t able to finish this interesting book until now.

When the tv series came out I was so intrigued that I decided to read the book. I saved the last episode, so now that I’ve finished the book I can finally see the ending of the first season. I guess that I’ll write my opinions about the show in a separate post, let me just say that I really enjoyed it and I think Elisabeth Moss is amazing.

As for the book, I didn’t know anything about the story but since I’m such a book worm I’d stumbled a couple of times on the most famous quote of the book as I was going through famous quotes and literary tattoos on the web. The quote I’m referring to is obviously: “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum” which is mock Latin for “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”. You’d be amazed to know how many people have those words tattooed on their skin.

After reading the book those words have taken a whole new meaning to me. In the book, they are a sort of mantra that the main character, Offred, keeps repeating. She is holding on to those words when she is having a hard time, and things are never particularly easy for her.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a dystopian society called “The Republic of Gilead” run by a totalitarian religious regime (The Sons of Jacob). The main protagonist, Offred, basically tells the stories of her life as a handmaid mixed with her memories of how things were before this totalitarian regime seized the power. In this ultra-religious society, since a lot of men and women are barren, fertile young women are used for reproductive purposes, they are stripped of their name and they basically become property of their masters, or Commanders as they are called in the book (the names the handmaids are given literally mean they belong to their Commanders: Of-Fred). The handmaids live inside the house with the married couple and their sole purpose is to bear children for them. Once a month there’s a “ceremony” based on Rachel and Bilhah’s story from the Old Testament, where basically the handmaid has to have sex with her commander in front of the wife.

For a lot of things, this novel is similar to another famous dystopian novel: “1984” by George Orwell, another book that I’ve loved so much.

I really enjoyed this book, I liked Offred a lot, I liked how strong she is in spite of everything, I loved the very subtle things she has to come up with in order to survive without letting anyone know what she thinks and how she feels.

I definitely recommend this book, I’ve found it very interesting and clever. The only thing that confused me a little was the use, or better, the lack of quotation marks. I didn’t understand it and I found it a bit frustrating sometimes, but other than that everything else was captivating. If you want to let me know your thoughts about this interesting novel please do, I always look forward to your comments.

My favorite quote is this one of course:

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” Margaret Atwood.