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Warm Bodies: A Novel (The Warm Bodies Series) Paperback – November 1, 2011
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Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. Warm Bodies became a #5 New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music, and taking pictures of everything. Visit IsaacMarion.com for more on these endeavors.
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Well, a lot of people I suppose. This isn't my first time reading this literary masterpiece and it won't be my last. "Warm Bodies" is incredible. I remember finding thIS book in a random store many years ago...I think it was a Target, not sure, but I found the synopsis very odd and because of that I read it. I loved it so much that I read it over and over again. I also read the "prequel" about a year ago as well and loved it too. Then, I found out Marion was writing a sequel and I was ecstatic.
R and Julie's characters are familiar yet utterly unique...does that make sense? We've all known someone who feels lost and always seems to be on the outside looking in and we also know a broken person who is just trying to survive all while having hope humming in their hearts. That is what they represent. HOPE.
This book, yes, it is about zombies, but it also about humanity as a whole. Warm Bodies breaks down humanity to it's molecular level and it tests it all while trying to save it. I love the humor in the book that accompanies the dark and stressful moments. R brings comedy, but a lot of what he experiences make you think. I think everyone should read this book. Even if you think it may be a bit corny, just do it.
Warm Bodies is unique and I have still failed to read anything like it. Isaac Marion has become an author that I highly respect and I am so excited to read more of his new work and continue reading his old.
It's different from any other zombie themed tale I have heard of or read and keeps you wanting more.
With the new sequel "The Burning World" out, I just had to get this book in a form to bring with me any time.
Warm Bodies leaves keeps you thinking even after it ends and only starts bringing more questions that the rest of the series explains.
The movie adapted this book well, but is nothing like the book itself in details and the ending.
I recommend reading "Warm Bodies" before reading the prequel "New Hunger". Then dive right into "The Burning World" to answer only half the questions left. Once done you'll be wanting the finale book coming out even sooner and get the answers you so will need and want in "The Living."
It's a book that can not only fill that want to read something Horror related, but Romantic with actual thought put into every detail.
Not just a love story, but a tale to make you think hard about everything in the end.
(And yes, it does have some hints falling to Romeo and Juliet, but you'll have to see if it has a happier ending.)
First of all, this is not an original story, in my opinion. It's actually a spinoff of Romeo and Juliet. Now, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but to call Warm Bodies an original debut, well... that it is not. It's true that it took me until halfway through the book to begin making the connections between the novel and the classic tragedy, but the balcony scene itself, when Julie is recording her thoughts and R is below her unbeknownst, gave it away, especially when Julie made the famous statement about names, which comes directly from Shakespeare.
Here's my breakdown of our cast of characters:
Julie, the only daughter of a well known, high status general=Juliet
Perry, Julie's boyfriend who is killed by R=Paris
Nora, Julie's best friend and confidant=Nurse
R, a moping, depressed zombie looking for the meaning of "life" and who falls instantly for Julie=Romeo
M, R's best friend=Mercutio
Random unlucky guard, who is also killed by R=Tybalt
General, father to Juliet unable to see past his own beliefs=Lord Capulet
Aside from our characters, the two feuding houses from the classic work out to be the humans vs. the zombies. And, as I've already mentioned, there is a balcony scene that follows Shakespeare's scene to a tee. There is instant love, at least in R's case, as well as distant parents, big housing complexes that are dangerous to both Julie and R should they enter the other's housing area and, the list goes on. Hence, this is a spinoff of Romeo and Juliet, with the needed vast changes to make it a spinoff and not a retelling: the weird zombie marriage (Rosaline?) and child adoption, skeleton priests or something of that nature, weird out of body experiences, or, the dead talking to R in his mind, and the lack of "death" at the end.
Now, I said earlier that I went in to this novel thinking it would be funny, and while some aspects did cause me to crack a smile, the novel itself takes on a more serious note than I was expecting. I also found some of it a bit disturbing, and am glad the movie came out with a rating of PG 13 because, in all honesty, I think this book is rated R, what will all the blood and gore and the eating of brains (not what I pictured for a funny zombie tale). Likewise, we don't know how old R is, but right away, he is married to another zombie, and they adopt kids, which is sort of a strange set up. I don't know if this was meant to invoke humor, but it certainly didn't with me. Neither did the talk of zombies trying to have sex with one another. They knew enough to get naked, but their lack of cognitive thought had them naked and slapping their parts together, unable to figure out exactly how to do the deed. That actually made me a bit ill. I mean, there isn't anything humorous in dead, rotting corpses trying to have sex. Not to me.
It is interesting to be inside R's head, though, and he makes some great observations, but overall, the book just didn't do it for me. It's not what I expected, and I think that was half the problem on my end. I expected an almost "make-fun of zombies" type book, not blood, gore, and lengthy out of body experiences that I had trouble following. I also didn't really follow the logic of the zombies turning more human after R's consumption of Perry's brain, or how that consumption allowed the other zombies to begin to transform, either. Therefore, while I think the book had a lot of potential, it fell a bit flat for me, whereas teenagers may find this type of book very funny, indeed--at least, I was trying to explain the grossness of a scene to a teenager and she thought it was absolutely hilarious, so.
Now, when it comes to the movie, I have to say the director actually was fairly spot on with his interpretation. I was thinking that the movie, at least, would be funnier and probably less serious than the book ended up being, but I was wrong on that account, too. The book and movie parallel each other quite nicely; they're very similar, and I think the acting was decent (though I do think the zombies moved a little too fast and fluidly in the very beginning, but that's beside the point). Levine did a great job following the book, though a few changes were implemented here and there, such as the removal of much of the blood and gore, as well as doing away with most of the Perry/R conversations, the zombie marriage, and the sex, to name a few. Kudos to Levine for that, because I think I would have walked out of the theater, otherwise. Gross. But, as I didn't really care for the book all that much, and the movie and book are basically the same, I have to say I didn't really care for either, in all honesty.