This Week’s Features: The Dystopia

© The Handmaid’s Tale Official Facebook page

Hulu is now airing the third season of its popular show The Handmaid’s Tale, which is inspired by Margaret Atwood’s original novel (1985). June’s (Elizabeth Moss) strong resistance to Gilead, the dystopian political regime, has started a mass fervour for dystopian novels and TV shows. Here goes a list of works you might love — Blessed be the fight.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-)

by Hulu

June made a bold decision last season — she let Emily (Alexis Bledel) take her baby with Nick to escape to Canada and she stays in Gilead to save her first daughter Hannah. This season is not just about the Handmaids but also the Wives. Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) has more and more inner struggles, will she eventually quit the evil force and become part of the resistance? This season takes the exploration of the complexity of women to another level.

Watch it

 

Slaughterhouse-Five (1969)

by Kurt Vonnegut

© Dial Press Trade Paperback

Slaughterhouse-Five is famous for its non-linear narrative, Vonnegut tells a story of a war veteran Billy Pilgrim who travels back to different times in his history. Living his unreliable memories and real past, Pilgrim desperately attempts to solve the puzzle of his wartime experience. Vonnegut fuses the fictional realm and reality to form a crumbled inner world of shell-shocked victims — it is undeniably a striking postmodern portrayal of the post-war trauma.

Buy it

 

Animal Farm (1945)

by George Orwell

© Penguin Books Ltd

Animal Farm is one of Orwell’s most famous works, no one is a stranger to the plot of a group of animals fighting against human’s control. The characters rebel and hope to seek their utopia, which parallels with the Russian Revolution in 1917 and the Stalinist rule of the U.S.S.R. The allegorical novella depicts how an authoritarian state emerges from a revolution against tyranny.  As a satire on these events, Orwell illustrates the fatality of Marxism–Leninism.

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