A Sequel to the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ is in the works
The Handmaid’s Tale came out in 1985, so it’d be safe to assume that we’d never see a sequel for it. But you’d be wrong. Margaret Atwood has announced that she will finally be coming out with a sequel to the original. Perhaps now we’ll finally learn the fate of the main character?
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale follows the trials of Offred, a young woman living in the Republic of Gilead. Offred is not her real name – it’s made clear from the start that the women in Offred’s position are little more than objects, and thus not worthy of a name of their own. Because of the naming convention, and the storytelling style chosen by Atwood, Offred’s fate is left ambiguous. At least in the novel version.
The Hulu Series
The Hulu series of Handmaid’s Tale has been an unprecedented success. It’s hard hitting and not afraid or ashamed of what it is. Many argue that the reason for its sudden popularity has much to do with the current political climate, and it’s hard to refute that.
The first season of the series was based entirely off of the original novel, Handmaid’s Tale. Some artistic changes were made, naturally, but otherwise, it stayed fairly faithful to the core concept. Season two was a whole new creation though, as it had no novel to base itself off of. It stayed true to the tone and concerns of the original but felt confident in going off and furthering those points. It’ll be interesting to see if season two of the series and the second novel end up having anything in common.
Yes indeed to those who asked: I’m writing a sequel to The #HandmaidsTale. #TheTestaments is set 15 years after Offred’s final scene and is narrated by three female characters. It will be published in Sept 2019. More details: https://t.co/e1umh5FwpX pic.twitter.com/pePp0zpuif
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) November 28, 2018
The new title for the next book has already been announced: The Testaments. It’s going to be set fifteen years after the original novel. The other big difference is that instead of having one main perspective for the novel, we’ll be getting three. It will feature the voice of three women, presumably in similar situations to the original Offred.
Margaret Atwood went so far as to tweet about it herself, saying “Dead 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 in the world we’ve been living in.”
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