Handmaids Hit London to Mark Series Finale

The brand new adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale has been spectacular viewing, and to mark the season finale in the UK, handmaids have been spotted on London’s streets this week (28th July).

Six handmaids walked through the centre of London on Friday, clad in the trademark handmaid’s red cloak and white bonnet, and they caused quite the stir. The stunt, organised by Vintage, the novel’s UK publisher came two days before the season finale aired on Channel 4 last Sunday at 10pm, bringing an end to what has been a dramatic adaptation.

The speculative fiction novel was first released in 1985 but shot to the top of the bestsellers list upon the election of Donald Trump as US President. Hulu capitalised on this, adapting the novel for a dramatic series starring Elisabeth Moss, and sales of the book are up over 900% this year thanks to it with the book remaining at the top of the bestsellers list even now.

The novel has never really fallen from popularity since its release with Atwood herself insisting it’s genred as speculative rather than fantasy fiction. For years it’s been a staple of curriculum text in the UK, studied by both GCSE and A Level students.

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If you or someone you know is a fan of fantasy fiction then this list may be of interest to you. Aside from being wonderful escapism, fantasy also guides us through moral and ethical conundrums, and satirises social and political events.

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