It is changing into fairly obvious how a lot Margaret Atwood’s work resonates with up to date audiences, even with out precise books being concerned. The Handmaid’s Story premiered earlier this 12 months to near-universal acclaim, and extra beloved literature from the long-lasting creator will come to life subsequent month when Alias Grace lastly premieres on Netflix. Throughout a current Netflix press occasion in Los Angeles, I had the prospect to ask Alias Grace star Anna Paquin how she feels about doable Handmaid’s Story comparisons. Whereas she understands these comparisons, she additionally sees that they’re two very distinct items. The X-Men star defined:
I imply, it is the identical creator. After all, they are going to attract comparisons. However it’s extra like being a part of any person’s canon of labor as a result of the 2 don’t have anything to do with one another. You realize? I believe we truly shot Alias Grace earlier than Handmaid’s Story, however they have been type of occurring across the similar time period. I believe it is simply thrilling that basically good female-centric literature is being became thrilling high-quality leisure.
So whereas some followers have been fast to attract comparisons between The Handmaid’s Story and Alias Grace for his or her visible and tonal similarities — each give attention to cloak-clad, persecuted ladies who discover power within the face of oppression — they’re two very totally different tales. The Handmaid’s Story is cautionary dystopian fiction meant to replicate a few of the ugly aspects of our personal society. In contrast, Alias Grace is fictionalized account of the grisly murders that Irish immigrant Grace Marks might or might not have dedicated within the 19th century. They’re actually comparable as a result of they each come from Margaret Atwood’s distinct viewpoint — and she’s involved behind the scenes on each of those reveals — however they’re distinctive sufficient to respectively stand on their very own.
I additionally had the prospect to satisfy with Alias Grace director Mary Harron throughout a roundtable dialogue concerning the upcoming collection. Not in contrast to Anna Paquin, Harron defined that Handmaid’s Story and Alias Grace are getting variations not simply because the time is correct for these feminist tales, however as a result of Atwood’s expertise is solely worthy of adaptation. On the feminist tone of Atwood’s work, the American Psycho director stated:
What makes Margaret Atwood nice is not simply [her feminism]. She’s a incredible storyteller and she or he’s an excellent author. Handmaid’s Story, the large success that is preceded us. That is profitable, and I hope Alias Grace will probably be profitable due to being nice dramatic tales.
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