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The Into the WARS Skype session today looked at The Handmaid's Tale, a TV series that is based on Margaret Atwood's novel of the same name written in 1985. Engrossing, haunting, vivid, meticulous
ly paced, 'brutal, visually stunning, and so suspenseful from moment to moment that only at the end of each hour will you feel fully at liberty to exhale.'
novel was inspired by the Iranian revolution and the US Christian right. The TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has been called a warning to all women, to conservative women, and to young people who may be complacent about the liberal values they enjoy. It takes a relatively minor aspect of the novel – 'gender treachery' – and brings this to the fore. Her 1985 novel suddenly feels very topical indeed in the current an age of fractious debates about LGBT issues, hate crimes, honour killings and FGM. The Handmaid's Tale captures our age of fear.