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The Handmaid's Tale

Postby liketocook » June 21st, 2017, 8:30 pm

Is anyone watching this? I read the book in the 1980s and think I might just need to read it again - given current political drift in the USA and perhaps here very topical.

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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby Busybee » June 21st, 2017, 9:03 pm

Yes I'm watching it. I haven't read the book but am inclined to - I'm really enjoying it. Very quiet and precise and very frightening.

I love Elizabeth Moss as an actress.

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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby liketocook » June 21st, 2017, 9:14 pm

I think it's being really well done but it's such a long time since I read the book I'm hoping it stays true to it. It is very well cast and reflects the quiet brutality and "civilised" society depiction I do remember from reading it. I think my run-of-the-mill crime novel will be being put aside ......
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby StokeySue » June 22nd, 2017, 8:49 am

I haven't been watching it and think I probably should have tried it
I had a couple of attempts at reading the book, as some of my friends thought it was wonderful but I find Margaret Attwood unreadable

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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby Herbidacious » June 22nd, 2017, 9:18 am

I'v read the book and seen the film, but put off the tv show because of the violence described in reviews.. a lot of which is not in the book.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby liketocook » June 22nd, 2017, 11:19 am

Herbidacious wrote:I'v read the book and seen the film, but put off the tv show because of the violence described in reviews.. a lot of which is not in the book.

Tbh - while it is violent no more so than much on TV these days, I'd give the show a try and see what you think.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby Herbidacious » June 22nd, 2017, 1:45 pm

I watch very little tv... (as things stand, I haven't had the tv on even for a DVD for weeks). While I am open to new things, I am very selective!

edit: that may come over as snobby. It's not meant to be. I just don't have much time to watch tv. I am sure it is very good. (Not that everything I do watch is good.) Will stop now before I dig myself any deeper.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » June 22nd, 2017, 1:51 pm

I'm actually preferring the series to the book. It's filmed very stylishly and there's a menacing kind of repressed tension to it. Elizabeth Mossis amazing as is Joseph Fiennes as the Commander. One of my favourite programmes this year.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby liketocook » June 22nd, 2017, 2:50 pm

Herbidacious wrote:I watch very little tv... (as things stand, I haven't had the tv on even for a DVD for weeks). While I am open to new things, I am very selective!

edit: that may come over as snobby. It's not meant to be. I just don't have much time to watch tv. I am sure it is very good. (Not that everything I do watch is good.) Will stop now before I dig myself any deeper.

I'm actually much the same so completely understand, I much prefer doing almost anything to watching TV ;) (Except maybe the ironing :lol: )
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby liketocook » June 22nd, 2017, 2:51 pm

Prettykiwicrazy wrote:I'm actually preferring the series to the book. It's filmed very stylishly and there's a menacing kind of repressed tension to it. Elizabeth Mossis amazing as is Joseph Fiennes as the Commander. One of my favourite programmes this year.

Completely agree :D
Edit - I mean regarding the filming and casting.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby suffolk » June 22nd, 2017, 5:47 pm

I loved the book .......... really haven't been able to get into the tv series ...........
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby cooksalot » June 22nd, 2017, 9:06 pm

Gave up on the series after the second episode. Not at all engaging.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby liketocook » June 23rd, 2017, 9:34 am

I've just started reading the new copy of the book I downloaded. Margaret Attwood has written an introduction which is interesting as it explains some of her thinking when she wrote it and context for 2017.

I agree it may not be for everyone but I'm really enjoying the series so far though I'm watching it on catch up so not that far in.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby Hope » June 28th, 2017, 6:46 am

I just finished reading the book a month ago, maybe. Loved it. Started watching the TV series last night. Seems reasonably true to the book, although a rather big difference I noticed. I'm not entirely sure I'm into it yet, though. But it definitely is menacing and atmospheric.
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby liketocook » June 29th, 2017, 12:47 pm

Hope wrote:I just finished reading the book a month ago, maybe. Loved it. Started watching the TV series last night. Seems reasonably true to the book, although a rather big difference I noticed. I'm not entirely sure I'm into it yet, though. But it definitely is menacing and atmospheric.

Yes a few changes but so far reasonably true to the tale. I've just finised re-reading the book and really enjoyed it second time round. :)
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Re: The Handmaid's Tale

Postby Hope » July 5th, 2017, 11:22 am

Watched episode 3 last night. Almost entirely not from the book. I must say I'm not too impressed by Elizabeth Moss, or indeed much of the acting. It's good, but it's just missing the spot.
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