A list of poems about cats to get you ready for the book-of-poems-turned-musical-turned-nightmarish-film called Cats? Oh yes.
For those not in the loop, the musical Catswas originally inspired by a short book of cat poems written by T.S. Eliot. Did actors and actresses walk around the stage wearing cat costumes? Yes. Has the musical become both a theatrical classic and a joke? You bet.
And now, with the film premiering in the United States in but a few days, should we be ready for an uncanny valley nightmare? Yes.
Am I still going to go watch it?
…Yeah. Yeah, I am.
And am I going to use this film’s premiere as an excuse to share five poems about cats?
Here are five poems about cats for your reading consumption.
The cat went here and there And the moon spun round like a top, And the nearest kin of the moon, The creeping cat, looked up. Black Minnaloushe stared at the moon, For, wander and wail as he would, The pure cold light in the sky Troubled his animal blood. Minnaloushe runs in the grass Lifting his delicate feet. Do you dance, Minnaloushe, do you dance? When two close kindred meet, What better than call a dance? Maybe the moon may learn, Tired of that courtly fashion, A new dance turn. [read more]
Both ardent lovers and austere scholars Love in their mature years The strong and gentle cats, pride of the house, Who like them are sedentary and sensitive to cold.
Friends of learning and sensual pleasure, They seek the silence and the horror of darkness; Erebus would have used them as his gloomy steeds: If their pride could let them stoop to bondage. [read more]
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo, or James, Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey— All of them sensible everyday names. There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter, Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames: Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter— But all of them sensible everyday names, But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular, A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified, Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular, Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride? Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum, Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat, Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum— Names that never belong to more than one cat. But above and beyond there’s still one name left over, And that is the name that you never will guess; The name that no human research can discover— But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess. When you notice a cat in profound meditation, The reason, I tell you, is always the same: His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name: His ineffable effable Effanineffable Deep and inscrutable singular name.
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During the summer, the first trailer for the feature length adaptation of the musical Cats was released, and the internet was set on fire due to the terrifying looks of the actors as they were transformed into CGI-humanoid cats. I mean, just look at these guys:
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The negative reception to the special effects hasn’t stopped the film from releasing this Christmas, and today, Universal Pictures released a new trailer for the film. This trailer comes packed with more singing, dancing, and cat jokes:
Based on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical, which is based on T.S. Eloit’s book of poems titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats follows a cat named Victoria as she interacts with the tribe of “Jellicle” cats who are competing to see who will be chosen to ascend into the “Heaviside Layer” and come back to a new life.
Newcomer Francesca Hayward plays Victoria, joining an all-star cast featuring James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, and Rebel Wilson. Just look at Taylor Swift in all her furry glory:
as soon as I saw @catsmovie gave the lady cats breasts, I should have assumed someone would shake them while dancing but I still wasn’t prepared for the reality of what that would look like… pic.twitter.com/tT24lyBcAG
Its been a stellar year for book adaptations, but there’s still plenty of them on the way to close out 2019! From TV to film, lots of book adaptations are coming to your screens this winter and there’s a huge helping to binge into. Let’s dive into this list and see what are some of the best and coolest looking page to screen adaptations coming this fall!
1-‘The good liar’
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The Good Lairby Nicholas Searle is about a smarmy con man who decides to his latest con will be a wealthy widow he meets online, determined to swindle her of her veritable fortune. But maybe he actually starts falling for her and finds himself more attached to the widow than he realizes. For her part, the widow is more than she seems. The movie adaptation comes November 15th, starring Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren and is sure to be an intriguing adaptation of the novel for nothing else but its stellar cast.
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Did you know Cats was a based on a book? Yep! Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats is where Andrew Lloyd Webber drew inspiration from for his famous musical and where the movie will draw some inspiration from too (probably). Although this movie looks very odd and strange from the teasers (Taylor Swift as a cat person…nightmare fuel), you know you’re going to be lining up to see it nonetheless. After all, what will it look like on the big screen?
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Most of you probably know Little Womenbut its a classic of American literature. Focusing on the March sisters as they come into womanhood and find their way in the world, this new adaptation promises to be the closest to the material yet. It stars Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, and Laura Dern. To get your fix of more content of this novel, check this out come December 25th!
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Doctor Sleepwas the sequel to one of Stephen King’s most exciting novels, The Shining. Focusing on Dan Torrance, the boy protagonist of the original novel, now a middle aged man and a 12 year old girl who shares his psychic powers gift. Together, they must fight off a tribe of murderous paranormals who want the young girl for what she represents. The film promises to be just as exciting, starring Ewan MacGregor and revisiting a lot of nostalgia for the movie adaptation by Stanley Kubrick. Plus, it looks scary as hell. We can’t wait for this one to launch.
Adaptations galore is coming this fall season! What are the ones that you should look forward to most? Well, stay tuned!
It Chapter 2
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A sequel to the horrifying film It, the ‘Loser’s Club’ is back twenty-seven years later (or two years later). The group returns to Derry, Maine, where the Losers must finish what they started: destroy Pennywise.
Who from our lovely ‘Loser’s Club’ will be lost in the ensuing bloodbath? How will these losers defeat Pennywise? Well, it’s based on a Stephen King novel that was released back in 1986, so the answers are out there and, um, it’s pretty wild. Remember to sing your praises to Maturin this September 6th!
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An original standalone origin story for a character who infamously doesn’t have a definitive origin, this movie starring Joaquin Phoenix has clearly taken cues from Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke by making Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill man disregarded by society, into an up-and-coming comedian. In the iconic comic book, the unnamed man’s career in comedy ends in a chemical bath, but Arthur Fleck’s story might end on a different note entirely.
Is that scene, where Arthur Fleck, in full-fledged Joker makeup, goes on stage with Robert Di Niro a callback to The Dark Knight Returns scene when the Joker poisons the audience and the talk show host alike in a scene of ‘hilarious’ death?
We’ll find out this October 4th.
Having been around since 1930, Nancy Drew has been around longer than your parents (not judging) and she’s spent her time well: solving mysteries even when people told her she couldn’t.
This series has been around forever and if you haven’t read it, you’ve definitely heard of it. Well, we’re getting an adaptation of this series that’s set to debut on October 9, 2019 on the CW.
Miles Halter is our man and through his eyes we are introduced to Alaska Young. A new student meets a timid young girl? Sounds like a love story made in heaven, until Miles soon learns that her life isn’t as perfect as he originally thought.
We’ll get a chance for our spirits to rise and our hearts to grow and break and grow again this October 14th.
Another (sort of) Alan Moore adaptation, this version of Watchmen will be, in the words of showrunner Damon Lindelof, “a remix.”
For those of you who need to be brought up to speed, an alien invasion took place which ended the Cold War, but it was all a fake-out. Rorschach, before his untimely demise, sent his journal to the press where he laid a bread crumb trail to the truth.
What is known about this HBO series is that it takes place thirty-four years after the original comic left off. Taking place in an alternative reality in 2019 where this is no internet or smartphones, we are introduced to a United States where Robert Redford is now the longest-serving president, having been elected in 1992, a feat accomplished thanks to President Nixon abolishing the two-term limit back before the original comic book. Things are in disarray. A white supremacist group calling itself “The Seventh Cavalry,” with members who all wear homemade Rorschach masks, commits simultaneous attacks on the houses of police officers. Because of this, the police start wearing masks themselves.
What is this leading up to? Where are the original characters? Tune in to HBO October 20th find out.
Another Stephen King adaptation, this one is an adaptation ofDoctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining. While the movie won’t be based on the Stanley Kubrick version, since the movie departs too much from the source material, this standalone is clearly drawing on the imagery set forth by Kubrick. Will it be any good? What’s going to happen?
The film arrives in theaters this November 8th.
The Good Liar
Catherine McKenzie brought us The Good Liar, and Warner Bros is bringing us the film adaptation. Ian McKellen is going to grace the screens as seasoned conman Roy Courtnay.
After he meets Betty McLeish online, he decides to steal a glorious amount of cash from her. But Betty McLeish, played by Helen Mirren, is too much for the conman and he finds herself falling for him. How will this sinister love affair turn out? See it in threaten this November 15th.
First, T.S. Eliot brought us Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats in 1939. From there we got a play, and now we’re getting a movie. The plot is hard to describe, but it basically follows a tribe of cats known as the ‘Jellicles’ who gather together to make the ‘Jellicle choice.’ Those who get the ‘Jellicle choice’ mean they can now be killed so they can go to heaven and come back because, you know, cats have nine lives.
Don’t get it? Doesn’t matter! There’s singing and there’s dancing and there’s this purr-fect trailer! It comes out December 20th.
His Dark Materials
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This series has never been adapted before (we don’t talk about that other thing) and so THIS will be the first adaptation of Phil Pullman’s epic book series, His Dark Materials, in our books. The first season will draw upon the first book in the trilogy, following the life of a young Lyra (Dafne Keen) who is an orphan living with the tutors at Jordan College, Oxford. It’s not the Oxford you and I know, however, it’s an Oxford in an alternative world where all humans have animal companions called dæmons, which are the manifestations of their souls.
Lyra’s search for her missing friend will lead to uncovering a massive conspiracy linked to a mysterious substance called Dust and secrets from these two mysterious people, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson).
If the first season is good (please let it be good), then we’ll be getting at least two more seasons! BBC One and HBO are teaming up, so hopefully they won’t disappoint us… In the meantime, however, I just want them to give a release date that’s more specific than “autumn.”
The stories follow Geralt of Rivia, played by Henry Cavil, a solitary monster hunter who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts. What will become of Geralt?
Check out the series on Netflix this sometime “late 2019”.