Friday, May 19, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale

I just recently found myself watching The handmaid's Tale Hulu special and while I grew up reading dystopia novels and wondering what if, I have to admit this series hits a button. The thing is I see similarities between the Handmaid's Tale and the Saving Grace Saga., the Saving Grace Saga is about witches and werewolves. Very far from the more than real reality in The Handmaid's Tale, but they are close still. In the Saving Grace Saga the U.S. Government passes a law banning all non-one God religions. This leads to the persecutions of pagans and atheists. It's also used as a cover to hunt down the more supernatural element hidden from societies view.

While in The Handmaid's Tale the government has become completely and utterly controlled by the religious extremists, in the Saving Grace Saga it is smaller and doesn't affect the day to day lives of average Christian people. This hidden control is what scares me the most. The Handmaid's Tale there is little hidden. It seems clear thus far that the signs leading to the take over of the people was coming. Signs that most people would see in today's world. I promise there are too many people in the country who disagree with the subtle changes in government shown in The Handmaid's Tale to let that happen.

And if we can't stop it, we can fight it. I have no disagreement with any religion really. As long as it is treated fairly. As long as it is kept separate from government. That's not just an opinion. It's written into the Constitution of our country.
When writing the Saving Grace Saga the world was a little more crazy for me. My daughter was running around being a happy child. People told me this lifestyle and that lifestyle was wrong for raising a child in. Not because I was neglecting my child or harming my child, but because I was exposing her to life. To people who love her who also happen to have different religions and different sexual orientations than them.

That influenced the world in the Saving Grace Saga. Instead of an upfront take over like in The Handmaid's Tale, it was just an act of law that changed things, targeted groups that were different that threw the country into a downward spiral.

The stories are vastly different and yet play to a similar fear that people have. Thankfully it also gives us hope that we'll see something like this coming before it's too late.

Peace and Love!

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