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Warm Bodies, Cold or Warm?

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Movie "Warm Bodies"


Warm Bodies, Cold or Warm?

I saw the movie here in Fresno on my birthday and it was very funny and in good tune with the book. However, there were some differences that were more notable to me, some I wish they had kept to the book more. Overall though, a great zombie love story and pretty warm, or close to the book.

There were a couple details that those who read it will notice right away. For one, his attire was supposed to be more business like. However, the red hoodie actually worked best visually with his pasty zombie complexion. There was also a different version of the end in the book. Yet again, I like how they did it in the movie best, aside from Julie, the girl, having visual changes in her eyes in the book. That may have been a neat detail to include, but other than that I thought the movie was a great version of the book that I enjoyed greatly. It seems like many also appreciated the humor in the movie.

Goodreads explains the book here:

"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."

I especially like the last line and it being about "being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between." Don't we all feel that way at times? Perhaps that is why this zombie love story hits home with so many. That is what the best fiction does, it captures our attention in the impossibly unreal yet captures the real parts of what we want in life and love. Showing us that even in the worst zombie-like apocalyptic times we can still find love...

~Your Fresno Books Examiner