Publishing house Quirk books just released the trailer for its forthcoming title, The Meowmorphosis. It’s a literary mashup, if you will, of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and the LOLcat Internet meme. In this latest interpretation of Kafka’s classic, instead of waking up in the morning as a giant bug, the protagonist now arises as… wait for it… an adorable kitten!
Quirk is the publisher behind Android Karenina, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (full disclosure: none of which I’ve read). I have to give them credit here for high production values and humor. It’s a funny premise. And really, I don’t have any beef with Quirk at all.
I am afraid of two things, though: 1) that they’ll finish Dead SULs before I do, and 2) that maybe what I’m writing isn’t, in the final analysis, much more complex. What if I’ve spent all this time on another novelty item for fiction fetishists? I’m terrified that I’ll be typecast, literally, as part of this genre of clever adaptations, that I’m not writing a “serious” book.
Clearly I’m overthinking things and should probably go watch Adaptation with John Malkovich again.