Painfully relatable to many women at the time, it spun a story about a young woman named Margot, who – after a series of dynamic-shifting texts between her and a man named Robert – decides to have sex with him to avoid an uncomfortable situation.
“Her revulsion turned to self-disgust and a humiliation that was a kind of perverse cousin to arousal,” reads one memorable line from the viral story.
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The essay – which was described by many on Twitter as being “bizarre, awkward, relatable and horrifying” – went on to become the magazine’s most downloaded fiction of the year. And, even now, just saying the words ‘Cat Person’ triggers a deluge of feelings in those who read it and were moved by it at the time.
Unsurprisingly, then, it’s been confirmed that Cat Person is at last getting a star-studded film adaptation. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s the plot of Cat Person?
Much like the original Cat Person essay, the film will explore the “hellscape” of modern romance as it exposes the power dynamics between 20-year-old college student Margot and 34-year-old Robert.
It has been described as a “psychological thriller,” so we imagine it will be leaning heavily into the short story’s more unsettling vibes throughout its runtime.
Who stars in Cat Person?
No other casting details have been announced so far.
What are people saying about Cat Person?
The film, which will be directed by none other than Susanna Fogel (she of The Wilds and The Flight Attendant fame), tells Variety: “Using Kristen’s excruciatingly well-observed short story about the horrors of dating as the jumping off point for an actual genre film, Cat Person will explore the hellscape of modern romance and the idea that we have all been the villain in someone else’s story, and the victim in others.”
Colour us intrigued.
When will Cat Person hit cinemas?
We have a wee while to wait, sadly; the film has yet to be made, and will begin world sales at this week’s Virtual Cannes Market.
We have a feeling, though, that it’ll be snapped up quickly and brought to our screens sometime in 2023.
Watch this space.
Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.