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Entry from October 08, 2018
“Make Margaret Atwood fiction again”

"Make Margaret Atwood fiction again” is a political saying that has been printed on many images. Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood wrote the novel The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), set in a totalitarian state which has overthrown the United States government. Some people believe that the fictional world of the book describes current world conditions.

The Margaret Atwood sign first appeared at the 2017 Women’s March on January 21, 2017. “#LitGeek sign: “Make Margaret Atwood FICTION AGAIN.” #WomensMarchNOLA” was posted on Twitter by Huck Thorn on January 21, 2017. “Best sign at today’s march #WomensMarch” (The sign “Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!” is shown) was posted on Twitter by Joe Dinicol also on January 21, 2017.

“Make Orwell fiction again” is a similar saying.


Wikipedia: The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, originally published in 1985. It is set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian state resembling a theonomy, which has overthrown the United States government. The novel focuses on the journey of the handmaid Offred. Her name derives from the possessive form “of Fred”; handmaids are forbidden to use their birth names and must echo the male, or master, whom they serve.

The Handmaid’s Tale explores themes of women in subjugation in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence. The novel’s title echoes the component parts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, which is a series of connected stories ("The Merchant’s Tale”, “The Parson’s Tale”, etc.).

Twitter
Huck Thorn
@EastOfDakota
#LitGeek sign: “Make Margaret Atwood FICTION AGAIN.” #WomensMarchNOLA
3:21 PM - 21 Jan 2017

Twitter
TP
@thranduilion
Still doesn’t beat the “Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again” sign somebody’s… https://www.instagram.com/p/BPimn8-B9f7/
3:58 PM - 21 Jan 2017 from Washington, DC

Twitter
Joe Dinicol
@JoeDinicol
Best sign at today’s march #WomensMarch
(The sign “Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!” is shown.—ed.)
5:10 PM - 21 Jan 2017

Twitter
DarkStardust
@redgoldrush
Replying to @MargaretAtwood
Have you seen the “Make Margaret Atwood fiction again” placard? I’m trying to find it again.
5:15 PM - 21 Jan 2017

New York (NY) Times
Uneasy About the Future, Readers Turn to Dystopian Classics
By Alexandra Alter
Jan. 27, 2017
Last weekend, as hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington to protest the inauguration of President Trump, the novelist Margaret Atwood began getting a string of notifications on Twitter and Facebook. People were sending her images of protesters with signs that referenced her dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!” one sign read. “The Handmaid’s Tale is NOT an Instruction Manual!” read another.

Inverse
4 Book Characters We Hope to See in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Here’s who to look out for, aside from Elizabeth Moss’s Offred in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’

By Lauren Sarner on January 31, 2017
Now that America has become a genuine dystopia, the impending adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale seems less fictional than ever. In fact, several signs at the Women’s March on Washington read, “Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again” and “The Handmaid’s Tale Is Not an Instruction Manual”. The story depicts a version of America where a totalitarian regime takes advantage of fears about Islamic terrorists in order to seize power.

Boston Review
June 29, 2017
Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again
MARGARET ATWOOD, JUNOT DÍAZ
Editor’s Note: Margaret Atwood’s award-winning dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, was published in 1985 to critical and popular success. The novel is set in a near-future in which right-wing fundamentalists overthrow the United States government and set up the Republic of Gilead in its place. Gilead is a totalitarian and theocratic state in which fertile women are kept in sexual slavery as Handmaids and forced to bear children for infertile couples. Here Junot Díaz talks to Margaret Atwood about The Handmaid’s Tale and the recent TV series based on the novel.

Twitter
Margaret E. Atwood
@MargaretAtwood
Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again http://bostonreview.net/literature-culture-margaret-atwood-junot-diaz-make-margaret-atwood-fiction-again#.WVz1vhkdVo5.twitter … Whaddaya think? Drake cameo in Season 2?
10:21 AM - 5 Jul 2017

Twitter
🧚‍♀️
@violinwitch
saw a woman wearing a shirt that said “make margaret atwood fiction again”
12:38 PM - 3 Oct 2018

Twitter
Gau Paris
@ParisGau
Make Margaret Atwood fiction again!
#TheHandmaidsTale #StopKavanaughNow #KavaNOPE #KavanaughVote #fucktrump #trumpism #protest
6:08 PM - 6 Oct 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Monday, October 08, 2018 • Permalink