Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (+ Movie Discussion)

The Book:

Title: Warm Bodies
Author: Isaac Marion
Series: Warm Bodies, #1
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Synopsis: R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between.

Review: I actually heard about this book back when it was published in 2011. There was a lot of hype surrounding it, so I checked it out on Goodreads and marked it to-read, knowing that I would probably never read it. “Why?” You might ask. Because, for some unknown reason, I have an issue with zombie-human relationships. I think it’s gross and unrealistic, because how can a relationship like that work out? They’re DEAD. And not like, vampire dead, I mean like dead DEAD, as in rotting and decomposing and just blech. I mean, I like zombies just as much as the next girl. It’s just when a human and zombie deicde to have some kind of relationship that I bail. I like zombie books, where the zombies are evil and must be destroyed. And if there is romance in the book, it’s between two human zombie-hunters/survivors. So, I sadly just kind of forgot about Warm Bodies, until close to the end of 2012. I went to the movie theatre to watch something (I don’t remember what I was going to see) and what should I see flash across the big screen? A trailer for a movie called Warm Bodies (at this point, the title was ringing a distant bell), it looked hilarious and really, really good. I immediately wanted to watch it and then I immediately forgot about it as the movie I had come to see came on. I pretty much forgot all about it once again until mid-January of 2013, when I first saw the Warm Bodies trailer on T.V. That’s when it clicked. I was like, “Hey! That’s based on a book!” Now, I actually wanted to read the book, because not only did the trailer look really good, but it revealed to me one huge detail that pushed me to read it: when the zombie, R, falls in love; it causes him to turn into a human. YES! I was all over this book- I checked it out from my library and read it in two days. I. LOVED. IT. <3 Warm Bodies is an ahhh-mazing book! It makes you give humanity a hard look and then lets you decide for yourself what’s wrong with it. R was a completely lovable zombie and this book totally changed my opinion about zombie love stories. Now, I should give you a warning: the movie trailers look light-hearted and funny. The book is most definitely not; it’s written for an older generation and has a more serious note to it a long with sight profanity and zombie nudity. Does this cause me to want to watch the movie less? NO! I’m still super excited to watch the movie and I have a feeling that while it’s going to be quite different from the book, I won’t love it any less! <3

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Book Trailer:

The Movie:

Title: Warm Bodies
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer and John Malkovich
Releases: February 1, 2013

Synopsis: After R (a highly unusual zombie) saves Julie from an attack, the two form a relationship that sets in motion a sequence of events that might transform the entire lifeless world.

Anticipation Level: 1000+ I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Review to come once I've seen the movie!

Movie Trailer:

-Kristen ♥

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