Margaret Atwood seems to have lost the propelling control over the TV series that is based on her 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” but she has no problem with it.
Speaking to an audience at the Hay literary festival in Wales, Atwood shared that the second season of the series might have diverged into something far from her novel but people should not concern themselves.
The Guardian quotes Margaret Atwood: “I think I would have to be awfully stupid to resent it because things could have been so much worse. They have done a tippety-top job ... the acting is great, they’ve stuck to the central set of premises.”
Divergence somewhat came with prior notice once the novel was transformed into a TV series, it seems. The plotline couldn’t possibly curb into the climax by the first episode of the second season and the author seems to have understood that. [The Guardian]
Margaret Atwood quoted by The Guardian: “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.”
Atwood talked about the referendum of reforming abortion law in the Republic of Ireland and discussed efforts by some to “push back” against the Trump administration with praises. [BBC]
BBC quotes Atwood’s statement: "The election of Trump has galvanized young people who might not have had voting on their to-do list, or candidature or any interest in politics in particular. Had those people voted in the last election, the current incumbent would not have won."
Atwood was swiftly asked by a member of the audience whether she fears her book could emerge to become an instruction manual. [BBC]
BBC quotes Atwood’s reaction to the question: “Yes, there is that problem...if Mike Pence gets his hands on the controls, just you wait.”
She wrote in 2012 that the foundations of such a social collapse like the one narrated in her book have already been deeply ingrained within the US culture. [Perth Now]
Perth Now quotes an excerpt of Atwood’s writing from 2012: “Nations never build apparently radical forms of government on foundations that aren’t there already … The deep foundation of the US was not the comparatively recent 18th century Enlightenment structures of the republic, with their talk of equality and their separation of church and state, but the heavy-handed theocracy of 17th century Puritan New England, with its marked bias against women, which would need only the opportunity of a period of social chaos to reassert itself.”
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