Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
I devoured this heart-stirring superb novel like a zombie devours some prime cerebrum. The story was so deep and eloquently put together, it-delved leagues into the human psyche. A post-apocalyptic philosophical love story.
I was so impressed with R’s character and how he changes and develops from his love for Julie. I actually like R a lot more then many living,breathing male characters in fiction books.
The only gripe I might have is that I needed it to be longer, I needed some clarity on everything, all the world building…and then I learned there is a sequel! Huzzah!
“Like men of sea deprived of fresh fruit, they will wither in their deficiencies, weak and perpetually empty, because the new hunger is a lonely monster. It begrudgingly accepts the brown meat and lukewarm blood, but what it craves is closeness, that grim sense of connection that courses between their eyes and ours in those final moments, like some dark negative of love.”
“The burning red taste of blood floods my mouth. The sparkle of life sprays out of his cells like citrus mist from an orange peel, and I suck it in.”
“I crush her against me. I want to be part of her. Not just inside her but all around her. I want our ribcages to crack open and our hearts to migrate and merge. I want our cells to braid together like living thread.”
the movie: I thought the movie did a pretty swell job of capturing R’s sweet nature and his lovable character, even though he is indeed a zombie. There were some major changes made however, but we all know that has to do with the demographic of movie goers, which is a completely different demographic then book readers. The casting I found half amazing and half so so. Nora and Julie could have played by different, stronger women who have some bite to them. I didn’t see the girl who played Julie as a “firecracker” as she is described in the book, or as internally damaged and hardened by her difficult life. But Nicholas hoult , oh man…
a perfect display of still being a walking corpse, and convince the audience R was an adorable and awkward guy who was trying to make his meager existence better. I think the director and filmmakers did an excellent job of not making this film into another “twilight”. Instead they transferred the ideas and questions of what makes us human from the novel on to the screen.
I’m super excited for the sequel !