literature | June 10, 2019

Margaret Atwood’s Acclaimed Debut Novel—The Edible Woman—Is Being Adapted for Television

Hot on the heels of Emmy award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s first published novel The Edible Woman is being optioned for the small screen. Published on the cusp of the feminist movement, the 1969 novel explores the maddeningly restrictive nature of society’s perscribed gender roles.

The Edible Woman centers around Marian McAlpin, an ordinary woman who leads an ordinary life. When her boyfriend Peter proposes, however, Marian’s well-structured existence slowly begins to collapse starting with her appetite. Marian’s internal battle with the idea of marriageand the loss of independance that goes with itmanifests as a gradual inability to eat. First steak, then eggs, and lastly, and most infuriatingly, vegetables. With humor, irony, and incredible foresight, Margaret Atwood’s dazzling first novel confronts the absurdities of navigating a changing world through the lens of consumption.  

Enertainment One (eOne), has acquired the worldwide rights to the series, and will also be producing it. Francine Zuckerman and Karen Shaw have joined the project as executive producers, though no writer or cast has been announced at this time.


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