12 Facts About "The Handmaid's Tale" That Will Make You Say "Holy Shit"
I see you, Margaret Atwood cameo.
Margaret Atwood makes a cameo in the pilot episode.
The red outfits that the Handmaids wear in the book and TV adaptation are a nod to Mary Magdalene, a repentant sinner in the Bible.
Whereas the blue that the wives wear is meant to be a nod to the virgin Mary, and how she's often shown in art as wearing blue.
If you're wondering about those names, "Offred," "Ofglen," "Oferic," the Handmaids' names denote which Commander owns them. (So, "Offred" is "of Fred," for example.)
Reed Morano, who directed the first three episodes, was also a cinematographer on Beyoncé's Lemonade.
Even though Atwood is Canadian, she chose to set the story in America because Canada is historically the place you run to when bad things happen.
The original title of the book was simply Offred.
In the book, Offred's real name is never revealed, but many readers picked up on a scene in the book that mentions the name "June," which is why we hear it in the TV series.
There's a women's march that occurs in The Handmaid's Tale, which was filmed before Donald Trump was elected president and well before the actual Women's March on Washington.
In the book, Serena Joy and her husband, the Commander, are much older than Offred, but the showrunner decided to make them the same age so that Serena and Offred would be in direct competition.
The Handmaid's Tale has been translated into 40 different languages, and has a film, opera, and ballet version. It's also currently being adapted into a graphic novel.
Margaret Atwood doesn't consider her book entirely a work of fiction. She said of the plot, "Everything I wrote in that book was happening at that time, or had already happened."
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