She's at it again! Your favorite book fairy Emma Watson is hiding copies of The Handmaid's Tale in Paris, according to a tweet by Belle herself. The 1985 Margaret Atwood novel is Watson's latest pick for her online feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf.
The Handmaid's Tale is everywhere these days, so if you haven't read it by now, what on Earth are you waiting for? The story takes place in what was once the United States, a few years after the U.S. government was overthrown by Judeo-Christian terrorist group that strips women, LGBTQIA individuals, and ethnic and religious minorities of their rights. Atwood's narrator is Offred, the titular Handmaid, who has been separated from her child and forced into a state-sanctioned form of sexual slavery.
Since the 2016 election, progressives have rallied around The Handmaid's Tale, using excerpts from the novel to inspire their activism. The current administration's attitude toward anyone who isn't a wealthy, cisgender, heterosexual, white, Christian man has garnered many comparisons to the 32-year-old novel and the 2017 Hulu series of the same name.
Emma Watson is far from the only person to give away copies of The Handmaid's Tale in recent months. In February, an anonymous benefactor purchases copies of Atwood's novel and two other books to be given away for free in front of a San Francisco bookstore. Two months later, Hulu opened an art installation in New York City's High Line, where passers-by could learn about the new series and pick up their own copy of The Handmaid's Tale.
Season 2 of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale will premiere sometime in 2018. All episodes of the first season are now streaming on the platform.