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10 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on Hulu

2. You Don’t Need to Have Read the Book (or Even Like Margaret Atwood)

For what it’s worth, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is totally based on a famous book by Margaret Atwood. The original story is a pastiche of stories anchored around one handmaid, but set in an expansive world filled with women who found their own means of survival. For lots of people, Atwood’s novel is a towering piece of science fiction literature (it even won the first-ever Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987). If you haven’t read it, though, it’s not a big issue. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ still captures and builds on the same spirit of the original story.


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