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12 Facts About "The Handmaid's Tale" That Will Make You Say "Holy Shit"

I see you, Margaret Atwood cameo.

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8. 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.


Atwood herself has said she never intended to name Offred "June," but is fine with readers using it.


11. 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.

12. 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."


Atwood drew inspiration from 17th century puritan America, polygamy, Ceauçescu’s Romania where mandatory childbirth was enforced, and pushback against feminism happening in the '70s and '80s, among other things.