Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake has been adapted for HBO, and the good folks at Vulture have asked her about it. She riffs on language, Comic-Con, and The Hunger Games’ “stimulated environment”:
I think the real issues there are moral: Would I kill my best friend? It’s funny how when girls are given weapons, it’s quite frequently bows and arrows. What is that? Because you don’t get to get up close with a bludgeon to actually bash somebody’s head in. So in the Narnia books, I think it’s Susan who got a magic bow and arrow. And that goes way back to Artemis the huntress, and the Amazons.