Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale: Margaret Atwood tells fans to chill out

Margaret Atwood revealed her method for coming up with name of the main character in The Handmaid’s Tale. Photograph: Rosdiana Ciaravolo/Getty
Margaret Atwood has admitted having no control over the TV version of her harrowing novel The Handmaid’s Tale but, she says, she has no problem with that. “I think I would have to be awfully stupid to resent it because things could have been so much worse,” she told an audience at the Hay literary festival in Wales. “They have done a tippety-top job ... the acting is great, they’ve stuck to the central set of premises.” The latest second series diverges sharply from her novel but people should not concern themselves, she said. “It’s a television series. If you’re going to have a series you can’t kill off the central character and you also can’t have the central character escape to safety in episode one of season two. It’s not going to happen.” [More]
Fans shouldn’t worry that the second TV series of The Handmaid’s Tale will diverge from her novel, said author Margaret Atwood. Photograph: Take Five/Hulu