The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale is among other things a television series by Bruce Miller presented on Hulu. I first heard about it when a friend of mine asked me if I had a subscription to Hulu Plus. I said no, I only had Netflix and Amazon Prime. Then my wife, influenced by my so-called friend decided to join the free Hulu trail to watch the series.

She binge watched it in about a day or two and freaking loved it. She started asking me questions about how I think the story is going to develop and so on. Consequently, I started to do some research and found out that the series is based on a 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood.

The story goes like this; In the near future, the world has become a dystopian society in which the ultraconservatives have seized power and implanted a theocratic republic, in which the most fortunate women are second-class citizens and, the less fortunate ones, are simply slaves. Due to pollution and other factors like sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancies have become an oddity and therefore, fertile women are highly valued and constitute a separate class: "the maids."

They wear red tunics and a white cap that prevents them from looking to the sides and being seen. They are intended for the houses of the ruling class, mostly sterile couples, to serve as slaves, reproductive slaves. Their masters have sex with them aseptically and brutally at the same time, in the presence and with the collaboration of their wives; and the children fathered by this process legally belong to the sterile family.

The narrative is in the first person, from the point of view of a "maid," named Offred (the names of all the maids begin with "of," as the preposition, followed by the name of the owner to whom they belong, so Offred means "belonging to Fred.")

The story is excellent, smart, deep and clever but it has something else to it. This story is a dystopia from a woman's point of view. Most, if not all of the dystopian stories are written by men. But this is the narrative perspective of a woman, therefore it gives a different vibe, a social intuitive difference not seen in other dystopian stories.

All that said, we would like to suggest you give the book a try or if you prefer, check out the series.