Atwood Says ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Got Much Closer To Reality, Prompting Sequel

www.oann.com | 9/10/2019 | Staff
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LONDON (Reuters) – Canadian author Margaret Atwood said a deterioration in women’s rights in some parts of the world including in the United States prompted her to write a sequel to her best-selling 1985 novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”.

The novel, made into an award-winning television series in 2017, presents a totalitarian future in the state of Gilead, where the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude as “handmaids” to repopulate a world facing environmental disaster.

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“For years and years people were saying will there be a sequel, please write a sequel, tell us what happened, and I always said I can’t do that,” Atwood told British broadcaster the BBC in an interview.

“But then a couple of things happened. Instead of going away from Gilead as I thought had been happening in the 1990s, we started going back towards Gilead in a number of places in the world including the United States.”

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Recent moves to curtail access to abortion in the United States have caused huge division and galvanised women’s rights activists.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who was elected in 2016, has said he opposes abortions in most cases and he has joined many of his fellow Republicans in seeking to limit them.

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Many doctors and rights groups are fighting these efforts as harmful to women’s health and in breach of a constitutional right to abortion.

Atwood said she was already conceptualizing a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale” when Trump was elected. At the time, the television series based on her novel was being filmed.

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“The frame around the show changed, and we knew at that moment it would be viewed differently, which it was. So instead...
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