Samira Wiley stars in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ on Hulu

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On Wednesday April 26, 2017, Hulu released the first three episodes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ adapted from Margaret Atwood’s Nebula nominated dystopian novel of the same title. Since Hulu began releasing promotional clips surrounding the show’s debut, it was revealed that Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) would appear as main cast.

I immediately assumed Wiley would play the Martha, Rita, who was described as a person of color in the book. After viewing the first episode, I was delighted to discover Wiley has been cast as


Moira, the protagonist Offred’s (Elisabeth Moss) best friend from college, was a refreshing diversion from the main story line in the books. It makes sense that Wiley was not Rita, because of age difference and the red-colored dress Wiley wore in the promos. Martha’s wear green. It will be interesting to see where Moira’s arc lands considering the conclusion given for the character in the book is dissimilar to the one in the premiere episode entitled “Offred”.

Hulu ordered 10 episodes of the eerie yet relevant book-to-show. The first 3 were made available this week. Subsequently, each new episode will arrive on Wednesdays until the catalog is sufficed.

There is only one question left to ask. At this point in history, can we truly consider Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ fantasy or fiction?

Nat P. for The Journeyed Heroine


Spotlight- August ’16

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Asleep by Wendy Raven McNair

A few years ago, I discovered a book about a young African-American who was in love with superheroes and also unable to dream while asleep.  That tag line alone was enough to pull me in. I am glad I did, because Asleep was uber blerdy before the term became popular.

Adisa, the female protagonist, is funny, determined and stubborn in her own right. She is a lovely girl who is committed to school and is learning how to dance. She also has a crush on a weird guy who for unknown reason seems hell bent on protecting her. However, Adisa is no damsel in distress. She has her own strengths that make this magical duo entertaining.

If you are looking for a new (but not so new- published in 2009 ) fantasy read, with a young female lead, diverse set of characters and some interesting mythology, please check out ‘Asleep’. It is the first book of the trilogy. The second book, ‘Awake’ is also available now. Just a heads up, the long awaited third novel, ‘Ascend’, has not been released yet. There does not seem to be a date on the calendar, either. If you can take the suspense, dive in. I can assure doing so is worth it.

For more details about McNair’s works, visit her author’s page at

Happy Reading!

Nat P. for The Journeyed Heroine