Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – Apples to Oranges
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion is an unconventional love story of boy meets girl. As in the boy is a zombie and saves the girl from becoming the undead. They bond even though the boy feels guilty that he ate her previous boyfriend. Together, their love changes the entire world. It sounds weird. And it is. But if you have the slightest interest in zombies, or just need a quick fix while waiting for the next Walking Dead episode, you will be entertained by the 2010 novel AND the 2013 movie.
Everyone seems to have their own spin on zombies. This author used them as a metaphor about becoming disconnected from one’s humanity. On the far left of the spectrum were the boneys who no longer had flesh on their bones and reacted on pure instinct. Then there were the zombies who were in various degrees of decay but could delay the process and hold on to basic motor functions by having simple interactions with each other. On the other side were the humans who were burdened with fully functional brains and their outlook about the zombie outbreak ranged from hopeful (Julie), despair (Perry) and militant (Grigio). The zombie cure was connecting with powerful emotions and each other. Once R opened up his heart, it started a chain reaction that infected many zombies that resisted becoming boneys. Once Julie opened up her heart, she convinced others that there was a better existence for human beings, other than being locked behind walls.
The main difference between the movie and the book was the ending. The movie decided to go the happily-ever-after route where Julie’s dad (and the military) changed their ways and worked together for progress. In the book, the author completed the metaphor. If a character becomes completely closed off and unwilling to change, they became just as dead on the outside as they are in the inside.
So which version did I enjoy best? Drum roll please… the book!
Both versions of this story were extremely enjoyable. The movie is worth seeing just for the funny interactions between R (Nicholas Hoult) and his best friend M (Rob Corddry). I must admit that I loved watching zombies walk slowly to Scorpions' Rock You
Like A Hurricane. It was a very funny movie with lots of heart.
However the book went deep inside the world of zombies. This is the first time I had ever read a zombie story where it’s told from their perspective. At first, you wouldn’t think there would be much going on with zombies and that is why Isaac Marion is brilliant.
He built an entire society with rules and structure on how zombies pass their days. He explains why zombies hunt in packs, what happens to children zombies, what regular food tastes like to them, how they can have a zombie marriage and so much more.
You just can’t believe what you are reading and you can’t stop reading it.
There is great news for Warm Bodies fans. Nearly seven long years since its publication, the next installment in this series, The Burning World, is set to be released on Feb 7, 2017. As much as I’m looking forward to seeing Julie and R’s relationship grow, I really want to see M get his own “Julie”. Fingers crossed.
Next month we delve into the mysteries of historical symbols and secret societies with Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code published in 2003 versus the 2016 movie with Tom Hanks. This story renewed people’s interest in the Holy Grail, the Virgin Mary, and historical monuments all over Europe.
Columnist: Jessie lives in Oregon and writes to avoid the rain. She only feels compelled to kill her characters when she starts a new diet and if she hates the ending of a TV episode she’ll rewrite it to give everyone a happily ever after. Currently Jessie is an unpublished author but she works tirelessly to removed two letters – un – from that word.
Column book and movie tape drawn by Evangeline Owen