Here's why Netflix's "Alias Grace" is so important right now — and how it differs from "The Handmaid's Tale"
Remember how much you liked watching Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale this past summer? Well, guess what: in just a few short days, Netflix is going to give us their own taste of Margaret Atwood — but this one is not set in a dystopian future, but is based on real events surrounding a female murderess.
Alias Grace, which drops on Netflix this Friday, follows the story of young Grace Marks, who may or may not have murdered her former employer and his mistress. After Grace is imprisoned for the crime (which she may have not done), she begins to work as a domestic servant in the home of the Governor of the penitentiary. It’s there where she’s evaluated by Doctor Simon Jordan, who is determined to prove, once and for all, whether or not Grace committed the murder, and if she is, ahem, a sane individual.
So…is she or isn’t she? You’re going to have to tune into Alias Grace to find out, and since the story comes from Atwood, it’s already drawing comparisons to Handmaid’s Tale. It’s not like that’s a bad thing, but there is one big difference, as series star Sara Gadon points out:
These narratives may not be the feel good stories you’re craving right now, but they’re an important reflection of society. And, as always — and with everything Atwood has written — it deeply cuts into what it means to be a female living in a world where you’re not always accepted. Though the story is set in the 1800s, it is incredibly timely today.
Gadon also spoke about Atwood’s poignant prose.
If you’re looking for another Atwood binge to really strike every nerve in your body, Alias Grace lands on Netflix on Friday.