Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, sparked the creation of a very popular television show of the same name, which went on to take home the Emmy Award for Best Drama. Moreover, it picked up an additional eight Emmys for Hulu in 2017.
During the Emmy Awards, claims a report from CBS News, Margaret appeared on the red carpet in celebration of the TV show based on her 1985 book, wearing a red outfit. She received a standing ovation when she walked toward the stage.
In her book, the handmaids are sex slaves, who have to bear children for infertile couples among an elite group of people in Gilead, a totalitarian dystopia based in the United States, which had been taken over by Christian demagogues.
According to Atwood, much of her experiences in Cold War-era Eastern Europe provided a groundwork for the basis of the novel. She visited East Germany, Czechoslovakia, as well as Poland, and she saw first-hand the way that people lived there.
Atwood claims that Ceausescu, in Romania, created legislation essentially prohibiting children from having less than four kids. Moreover, she claims that the woman had to get a pregnancy test every single month.
The legendary novelist stated that much of the details in the novel are rooted in reality in some way. Atwood said that she didn’t make up any of it in the book, it’s all based in the real world. “The human race made it up, unfortunately,” the writer explained.
When asked if she believed the book was kind of like a warning to the public, Atwood stated that she has never once believed that such a thing couldn’t happen in the United States. Her book and the TV show which came afterward inspired women to take to the streets in protest while wearing a similar gown, echoing the messages conveyed in Atwood’s book.
This comes after multiple states started the beginning steps to restrict abortion in the United States, including Alabama and Georgia.