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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Director to Direct Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Stephen King fans, rejoice! The Talisman according to Collider is being adapted to a film. The Talisman, written by Stephen King and Peter Straub, tells the tale of twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer, a boy given the power to flip from one reality into another, finding himself in a world much like our own with a few notable differences. Using this power, he has to go on an epic quest to save his dying mother, befriending a werewolf, dealing with a boarding school of nightmares, and fighting against the villainous Morgan Sloat. Similar in tone to The Dark TowerThe Talisman is a fantastic read and one of King’s best novels.

 

Jack Sawyer stands before the novels main antagonist two different selves: Morgan Sloat/Morgan of Orrin
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Mike Barker, who has directed numerous episodes of The Handmaid’s Taleis slated as the director for the adaptation. Barker also had credits in Outlander, Fargo, and Broadchurch. Veteran scriptwriter Chris Spalding is slated to write the movie, a daunting task for such a dense book that we hope he accomplishes well. It remains to be seen what shape the story will take but we, for one, can’t wait to see! In the meantime, find the original novel and give it another read. We’ll keep our ears peeled for further news on this exciting adaptation!

 

 

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5 Brilliant, Bookish Things We Learned From the Super Bowl Ad Breaks

Let’s be real, the Super Bowl ads and commercials are the reasons why we watch it. Not only we are excited about upcoming films/shows, and celebrities’ funny skits to selling products, but it’s important to look at it at an educational level. According to BBC, there are seven things we learned from the Super Bowl ads.

 

  1. We learned that nursery rhyme character Bo Peep is going to have a bigger role than ever in Toy Story 4! 

 

 

2. Award winning movie writer Jordan Peele is exploring dimensions with the Twilight Zone!

 

 

3. The Handmaid’s Tale is coming back, and it’s freakier than ever!

 

 

4. Carrie Bradshaw returns…kind of?

 

 

5. Okay sorry, this isn’t book-related…in any way, shape or form but LOOK HOW CUTE!!!

 

 

 

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The Cover of Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Sequel Has Been Revealed

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is even more popular and relevant than ever thanks to the critically acclaimed Hulu series of the same name, which is currently filming its third season. Now, Atwood is preparing a sequel more than thirty years after the original.

 

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Atwood revealed the cover for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale that is unconnected to the current Hulu series. The new novel will focus on Offred’s journey after the events of the first novel and will be narrated by three female characters.

 

Atwood also posted the cover on her Twitter shortly after. The new cover uses a green design for the handmaids, a large contrast from the infamous red that the series is known for.

 


The Testaments is set to be released this September.

 

 

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Figures Show Political Unease Driving Staggering Book Sales

Explosive books lead to explosive sales, as British bookseller Waterstones can prove with whopping year-to-date figures: a 50% increase in political book revenue. The explanation? A frightened—and growing—mass of writers and readers “urgently seeking to understand this scary new world.” Though hot, controversial releases like Michael Wolff‘s Trump exposé Fire and Fury and Tim Shipman‘s Brexit commentary All Out War have been driving these sales, the relationship between divisive politics and modern literature is hardly a new phenomenon.

 

Protestors dress up in 'A Handmaid's Tale' costumes

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These new figures are only a continuation of an ongoing trend, with political literature moving to the forefront after the “twin surprises” of 2016, Trump and Brexit. As early as January 25, 2017, just days after Trump formally took office, George Orwell‘s 1984 sales spiked as Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway infamously coined the phrase “alternative facts.” Many compared Conway’s comment to 1984‘s concept of “doublethink,” a relevant term to describe the acceptance of contradictory truths. While always a political text, activists continue to cite the book during protest, with signs such as “1984 is a work of fiction, not an instruction manual” grabbing headlines.

 

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Fear over restriction of women’s rights took hold early in the Trump administration, leading to a February 2017 spike in sales of Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood speaks to its timeless relevance: “when it first came out it was viewed as being far-fetched; however, when I wrote it I was making sure I wasn’t putting anything into it that human beings had not already done somewhere at some time.” In the wake of the #MeToo movement, works with similar themes have burst into the public consciousness. Naomi Alderman‘s prizewinning The Power depicts a reality in which women have the power to cause pain by violence and consequently live without fear. 

 

“What the raw numbers don’t communicate,” comments Waterstones politics buyer Clement Knox, “is a larger belief permeating through the publishing world that the present poses questions that must be addressed and that writers have an obligation to turn their attention to those questions.”

 

 

 

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