History YMMV / TheHandmaidsTale

6th Oct '17 8:36:37 AM Pren
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* CrossesTheLineTwice: [[spoiler:Emily ending her joyride by backing into a soldier and leaving him injured in the street: disturbing if still cathartic. Her then running over his prone body ''again'' and causing his head to explode like a ripe melon to everyone's disgust: hilarious.]]
25th Sep '17 11:28:05 AM Pren
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* BrokenBase: The show getting a second season. After its tremendous acclaim, many are happy to be getting more of it, but there are also those worried that the show already used up the events of the novel and the crew may not be able to sustain the quality level without that template. Plus, the necessity of actually revealing Offred's fate which completely goes against the book's deliberately ambiguous ending.
19th Sep '17 4:13:03 PM luciagarcia8818
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* {{Padding}}: The repetition and lengthy atmospheric descriptions can seem like this, particularly to readers already familiar with the genre

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2nd Sep '17 9:36:59 PM StarSword
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** ''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated to become war brides and/or condemned to sexual slavery as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].

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** ''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated to become war brides and/or condemned to sexual slavery as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, details--he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].hanging.


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** On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].


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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Ofglen really part of LaResistance, or is she just another Handmaid who cracked under the pressure and is acting out a spy fantasy to stay sane?
30th Aug '17 9:21:00 PM hollowboy
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** In 2017, researchers found that [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years in the Western world]], with environmental pollutants as one possible contributor.

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** In 2017, researchers found Researchers have known for at least 20 years (e.g. British Medical Journal, 1992 "Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years") that sperm counts are dropping. The issue has been [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years intermittently in the Western world]], public eye since then,]] with environmental pollutants named as one possible contributor.a ''possible'' contributor (obesity and inactivity are ''known'' contributors).
21st Aug '17 9:17:14 PM hollowboy
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*** The fourth episode mentions the UN discussing sanctions as well.
21st Aug '17 9:08:57 PM hollowboy
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30th Jul '17 2:06:19 PM DavidDelony
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** In 2017, researchers found that [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years in the Western world]].

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** In 2017, researchers found that [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years in the Western world]].world]], with environmental pollutants as one possible contributor.
30th Jul '17 2:04:45 PM DavidDelony
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* HarsherInHindsight: ''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated to become war brides and/or condemned to sexual slavery as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].

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''The Handmaid's Tale'' was, of course, written as an incredibly {{Anvilicious}} social commentary on Christian fundamentalism. But the horrible thing is that there ''are'' real-life political figures of some influence who ''actually'' advocate things far too close to Gilead for comfort--As latterly proved by William S. Lind, advisor and speechwriter to presidential candidate Gary Hart, originator of the "Cultural Marxism" meme, and later a major "Alt-Right" figure who has been seen with Donald Trump. In 2014, he published ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', a manifesto-''cum''-survivalist novel which seems almost to be cribbing details of its plot right out of Atwood's story: From the entire US Government killed in a suspicious-looking terrorist attack and far-right militiamen taking over to liberal professors massacred, traditional dress codes enforced, women banned from the public sphere and feminists literally re-educated to become war brides and/or condemned to sexual slavery as punishment for their sins. Unlike Atwood, however, Lind considers the resulting society [[ValuesDissonance a desirable utopia]], and consequently portrays the fundamentalist militiamen as unadulterated heroes, with their victims vile villains who deserve all they get and more. It's even down to really specific details-he, like Gilead, supports death by hanging. On the flipside, women have recently started to {{cosplay}} as Handmaids [[http://culturess.com/2017/03/21/cosplay-protest-women-dressed-handmaids-took-texas-senate/ as political protest]].


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** In 2017, researchers found that [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sperm-count-dropping-in-western-world/ sperm counts had dropped by almost 50 percent over 40 years in the Western world]].
27th Jul '17 4:59:31 PM creader
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* MoodWhiplash:
** A more meta example while watching the series. The ads for women's clothing and alcohol are a real whiplash after watching the show.
** The pattern of episodes ending with upbeat music, that's usually chosen to be ironic in a very on-the-nose way, has had mixed reception from critics due to inducing this.
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