May 11, 2016
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This is something new I am starting up on this babble bubble of a blog. Books are now the prime reason movies are being made and I am not entirely sure that is the greatest idea. Don’t get me wrong. some books are very well adapted to the big screen such as The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Then there are the complete flops that do not represent the genius books at all. These include: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, and in my opinion, Eragon by Christopher Paolini. THEN there are some movies that don’t copy the novel exactly, but still bring the spirit of the book to life and create an amazing motion picture. For me that Movie/Book was Warm Bodies, original novel by the incredible Isaac Marion.
Let me take you back a couple of years, well five years, to 2011. Now I don’t know what made me go to Barnes and Noble on this particular day or what made me pick up a book about zombie love, but I am very glad I did. When I originally picked up the book, my first reaction was: Why? At the time, vampires were a huge thing. Twilight was releasing movies left and right and the Vampire Diaries was on TV and it was just a lot of un-dead love and a lot of blood. So why would I want to read about a zombie falling in love with a human? How is a zombie sexy? How would this story keep me interested? Questions like these are always bouncing around in my brain box when I am choosing a book to read. Well, if you read the book then you know how engaging it is. I read this in about ten hours and at the end of it I was sort of hyped in a sense. I loved how Isaac Marion had created a new genre. Personally I had never read anything like it before and I just knew that it would become something new and that people would gravitate towards it.
Fast forward two years. Warm Bodies is still sitting on my shelf, well read, and looking as great as ever. My sister comes home and we were watching TV when a movie trailer comes on. I wasn’t really paying attention much until I saw a familiar airport and I almost screamed. I had NO IDEA that Warm Bodies was becoming a movie. That is how much of a hermit I am. The movie stars Nicholas Hoult as R the hilarious, loving, and brain-eating zombie. Alongside him is the beautiful Teresa Palmer who plays Julie and John Malkovich who is of course, Grigio, Julie’s father. I was so impressed with the cast, especially R and Julie. Even though I picture R much older as he is described wearing a business suit and a red tie in the book, the younger persona really worked in Hoult’s favor.
The dynamic between the characters was so real in the book and the movie did not disappoint at all. Sure, somethings were left out, like R’s wife and R’s conversation with the kids inside the city, but for once I am okay with it! All the big scenes that I was worried about were phenomenal. The airplane scenes, R protecting Julie from Boneys, and the flashbacks were all done so well. The only thing I would have wanted is that for Grigio’s fate to be the same in both mediums. I don’t want to spoil it, but I’ve always wondered why that particular element was changed.
Yes, it is a book about a zombie, but it’s much more than that. To me, the book and the movie were about using love to overcome a tragedy and I know how cliche and literal that sounds, but that’s how I see it. The world is afraid of the zombies and R is just trying to get by in his un-life and when he meets Julie, he has something to live for again and that, to me, is beautiful.
Right now, I think authors should be taking more risks in what they want to publish. There is only so many books about vampires and werewolves that I can read before going insane. This was a smack in the face that said, “HEY there are other books out there besides Twilight, you prat!” Okay so I was what? Fourteen, when I read this? I was Cullen-Crazy and just happened upon a book about zombies and now I don’t know what I would have done without it.
To me, Isaac Marion is a genius. Not only is his writing style incredible, but the fact that he can create this new genre and world through two characters is beyond me. As an aspiring writer myself I can only be in awe when I read his novels. There are two quotes that I have committed to memory because I love them so much, The first is:
“I want to change my punctuation. I long for exclamation marks, but I’m drowning in ellipses.” ― Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies.
I love this quote because R is wanting to communicate and he can’t. Words are the foundation of communicating no matter how you make them. Whether you use your hands, your pen, your mouth, it doesn’t matter. Words are words. The second quote is:
“Writing isn’t letters on paper. It’s communication. It’s memory.”
― Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies.
I think that is pretty explanatory.
Whether you watch the movie or read the book, you should just enjoy this story because it’s bloody fantastic. That’s pretty much it! It’s just great! If you want a little more than just Warm Bodies, Isaac has written a prequel called THE NEW HUNGER. There are three perspectives: Julie, Nora and her little brother, and R. It was released as an eBook back in 2013, but you can now buy it in paperback! PLUS Isaac just finished writing THE BURNING WORLD which is the third book in the series and will be released February 7, 2017. So please check out his books and his blog at http://www.isaacmarion.com/
So which one wins? Book or Movie? I have to say BOOK only because it was a major influence in my writing!