Created By: Bruce Miller
Started: 26 April 2017
Genre: Drama, Dystopia
Rating: 4 Stars
About the Show:
The Handmaid’s Tale: Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values’. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
As you guys know I read the book just a couple of days and I had a review up which you can find here. I read the book just so I could understand the show, or I thought I had to read the book to understand the book! I think I should have watched the show to understand the book more.
I felt the show was good, they took some liberties with what the book said and added some stuff. I know that needed to be done to make a good program people would want to watch. I think what really bothered me was they reversed the book around. Maybe that is what the book needed. To be reversed and that would have been better for the ending? I’m not sure.
Let’s say that the show is much “looser” than the book. The swears flow much more, the nudity and the sex scenes are much more. So, if you do not want to hear and see that stuff then the show is not for you.
Watching the show is so much more intense than the book could ever be. I think being able to see most of the book being played out was much better than what my mind could conjure up. They did stay within the book really well, they just reversed scenes and add extra stuff.
Some of the characters what I thought they would be were not what the people who made the show thought they were. I have to say there were 3 scenes that I had a tremendous trouble with. One scene they had Offred doing something she never did, one that she never even participated in, and they other didn’t even happen in the book.
There were a few more things with in the show that never happened in the book. But, if I was to sit here and tell you all the other things that I found to be a bit upsetting I would have you here all day reading and that is not fair!
Overall I found the show to be entertaining. I didn’t mind binge watching all 10 episodes, and if they come out with a 2nd season, which I can’t see how they would they finished the book up in season 10, I would watch it.
I don’t feel like you need to read the book first before watching the show. If you want some background information before you watch the show, sure go for it. It is not one of those things you need to do it. The show kinda goes by the book.