As shocking as it may be to all of us long time CanLit fans, the day we never saw coming is here: Margaret Atwood is a bone fide celebrity.
This isn't an exaggeration. The former national literary secret was catapulted into the international spotlight last year with Hulu's TV adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. A surprisingly relevant hit, it claimed eight awards at the Emmy's and has continually provoked headlines like 'Haunting, chillingly plausible, peerless … how The Handmaid’s Tale changed TV.'
With 1.7 million Twitter followers and a soon to be released CBC/ Netflix produced TV version of her novel Alias Grace on the way, it seems that Atwood is currently as hot as an author could possibly be.
In honour of her trending status, here are four more Atwood novels that could be the next hit TV series if Atwood-mania continues.
1) Oryx and Crake
If we get another adaptation soon, my bet's on this one. Another of Atwood's dystopian novels, it tells the story of Snowman, the potentially last human on earth. Romance, mourning, themes of survival: it has it all. And screenwriters would have plenty of material to work with since it's actually the first novel of a trilogy.
2) The Blind Assassin
We've seen the story within a story premise done onscreen before and so the potential for an intricate, layered drama is definitely here. Told by Iris as she reminisces about her sister Laura, who died decades earlier, the novel is also interspersed with chapters of the novel that made Laura famous. Confusing, yes. Binge worthy intrigue, also yes.
3) Cat's Eye
Everyone loves a dark, haunting portrait of adolescence. This is precisely what Atwood delivers in her novel centering around a controversial painter as she reminisces about her younger years. Female friendship, identity formation, the cruelty of teenage girls: if Sofia Coppola hops on board, we might just have the next The Virgin Suicides on our plate.
4) The Heart Goes Last
One of Atwood's most recent novels, it follows Stan and Charmaine as they sign up for a social experiment and negotiate the strange, Stepford-esque world of Consilience. There are sex robots, brainwashing episodes, and monthly trips to prison. In other words: enough bizarre content to make for a delicious dark comedy.