Warm Bodies

Posted by Kelly Gardner on January 29, 2013 in Uncategorized tagged with , , , , ,

8th February 2013 is the UK release date for the film adaptation of Isaac Marion’s debut novel Warm Bodies.

Understandably, the story of “R”, the romantic undead protagonist, and his love interest Julie, has mistakenly been compared to that of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. This misunderstanding has been aided by Meyer’s lauding endorsement on the front cover of the novel and the way in which the film has been advertised with very “Twilight-esque” posters. However, Twilight and Warm Bodies are both produced by Summit Entertainment and suggested similarities between the two are obviously in Summit’s favour. These aesthetic similarities are the extent to which the two can be compared and those cynical of the Twilight Saga can rest assured, Warm Bodies is in a class of its own.

While zombie fans are used to the genre sidling between horror and comedy, Warm Bodies takes this one step further and presents the reader with a “Zom-Rom-Com”. While the notion of a zombie romance may illicit waves of eye rolling, Warm Bodies serves as an example of the progression of the zombie genre. While the ardent zombie fan might be challenged with the concept of a self-reflexive zombie, as it seems to go against the very nature of a zombie lacking free will, these self-knowing zombies are merely a natural development of themes first introduced into the genre by Romero himself. I am specifically referring to Bub from Day of the Dead (1985) and Big Daddy from Land of the Dead (2005); both zombies exhibit a sense of freewill and hence allow for the future possibility of a self-reflexive zombie.

Warm Bodies is an existential tale of love and life. Questioning what it means to be human, Marion takes the reader on a journey through the dystopian world of a zombie infested land and explores themes of romance and survival through the questionable relationship between the liminal zombie character of “R” and his human love interest, Julie.

The novel is well written with many standout paragraphs and well developed, endearing characters. The reader is constantly reminded of R’s zombieness, with very little glamourizing of the zombiefied state and most importantly, it does not take itself too seriously as it points out comedic differences between the varying states of undead.

I am curious as to whether the execution of the film adaptation does justice to the integrity of the novel, stay tuned for a follow up review.

You can see Warm Bodies in UK cinemas from 8th February 2013, but in the meantime, why not experience Marion’s vision first hand.

See the trailer: Warm Bodies Trailer

Watch the first four minutes of the film: Warm Bodies first four minutes

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