Wrong category - The Handmaid's Tale

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The series is registered under Sci-fi. It's clearly not sci-fi and HBO categories The Handmaid's Tale as only Drama. Please something fix this.
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I would say that it is correctly categorized. A Dystonian future based on fertility rates plummeting due to sexual transmitted diseases and pollution is easily in the realm of science fiction. I'm not sure why anyone would care how HBO categorizes it as they had nothing to do with the production. It is an MGM production that is broadcast on Hulu.

Hulu considers it a sci-fi drama. (Drama being one of the weakest categories as almost anything not a comedy is a drama.) https://www.hulu.com/the-handmaids-tale
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It's dont matter. The category is wrong.

Speculative fiction is not sci-fi, and the story is more fiction.

It's been made clear by several others.

And on the point who created it, in some countrys its licensed to HBO.

https://www.hbonordic.com/series/the-...
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Except it isn't wrong. Just because you don't think it is science fiction doesn't actually make it not science fiction. And just because HBO license it in other countries does not trump the fact that the company that produces it considers it science fiction.

The Margaret Atwood book that the series is based on won the Arthur C. Clark award (best science fiction book published in the UK) in 1987, the Nebula Award (to best science fiction or fantasy) in 1987 and the Prometheus Award (for libertarian science fiction) in 1986, so clearly a lot of people would disagree with you that it isn't science fiction.
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You can comment all you want but it's clearly not up to you. Hope someone reads this and makes the correction.
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In support of the idea that "The Handmaid's Tale" should qualify as science fiction, the IMDb genre guide at https://contribute.imdb.com/updates/guide/genres says, "It should be remembered that these definitions are guidelines - No single definition can cover every possible eventuality. Some of these genres are objective; for the others, a little leeway is given." The specific definition of the Sci-Fi genre says (emphasis added):
Numerous scenes, and/or the entire background for the setting of the narrative, should be based on speculative scientific discoveries or developments, environmental changes, space travel, or life on other planets. Subjective.
The Hulu description for the series (https://www.hulu.com/the-handmaids-tale) says (emphasis added):
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized ‘return to traditional values'.
And as Adrian pointed out above, the same Hulu page refers to the series as "Drama" and "Science Fiction".