Hulu Releases a Full Trailer for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Adaptation

Are you ready to enter the dystopian and increasingly frightening future of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale?

You’re not because the world is already too bleak? Well too bad!

The classic tale of speculative fiction turned Hulu original series is set after a group of Christian fundamentalists takes over the United States and quickly strip women of their rights. See also: the Republican Party.

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Heart Goes Last’ May Get a Small Screen Adaptation Too

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Yet another Margaret Atwood novel may make its way to the small screen, joining Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale adaptation, Netflix’s adaptation of Alias Grace and HBO’s take on the MaddAddam trilogy.

This time around the novel in question is Atwood’s latest speculative fiction tale The Heart Goes Last.

The rights to the novel were purchased by MGM TV, the same company producing that Handmaid’s Tale adaptation on Hulu.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s October 2015 Wrap Up

October 2015 Book Wrap Up

The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

While not my favorite Atwood novel, her latest speculative fiction tale about a crumbling America was not my least favorite of her many works either. The despicable characters may make it a tough read, but Atwood’s touches of dark humor combined with her world building are the real stars of the story. [READ FULL REVIEW]

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson writes superbly tense gothic horror and We Have Always Lived in the Castle is no exception. Unlike the much more well-known The Haunting of Hill House, her last novel revolving around a family murdered by poisoned sugar explores how houses can become haunted by their human occupants.

The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

I was really excited to read this horror novel, which combines diary entries, interviews and transcripts to tell a story about two girls who share the same body. I go into this book way more in-depth in the first meeting of the Spines with Wines book club, but it didn’t exactly live up to my expectations. [WATCH BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION]

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The Plot Comes Eventually: Cassie-la Speculates on ‘The Heart Goes Last’ by Margaret Atwood

Heart Goes Last Margaret Atwood CoverThe Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (Galley)
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Genre: Fiction, dystopia, science fiction, speculative fiction, biting social commentary with a side of absurdity
Rating: 3.68 out of 5 stars

Summary: Charmaine and Stan will do anything for a better life, including entering the Positron Project, a lifelong program where every other month they must serve time in prison. The trade-off? On their off months, they get to live inside a home given to them by the people who run the project, a free home which they must share with their Alternates. Is the program as altruistic as it seems or — as you’ve already surmised — is something darker looking beneath the surface of the Positron Project?

Margaret Atwood has once again returned to the world of dystopias, combining it with speculative fiction to create a future that is as bleak and horrifying as it is absurd.

The Heart Goes Last was originally written as serial fiction in five parts (the fifth part was never released), and based on what I’ve gleaned from GoodReads ratings, readers preferred the short story format of the Positron series, which Atwood started writing in 2012.

Atwood’s story follows married couple Charmaine and Stan, who because of the country’s financial collapse, lose their respective jobs and home and are forced to live in their car and survive off Charmaine’s meager waitress tips, all while trying to avoid roving gangs of murderers, rapists and mosquitoes.

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