im afraid my online friends are gonna meet me in person and be like “oh”
So I was just going through the JacksGap Song Entrees and stumbled across this entry from a familiar face! Gotta love this man!!
I just couldn’t resist.
Jennifer Morrison | 30th Annual PaleyFest: The William S. Paley Television Festival featuring ‘Once Upon a Time’
SOMEONE PLEASE BUY ME THE BOOK OF ISAAC MARION’S WARM BODIES I’M IN LOVE
Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion
I was planning on reading this book while I was on holiday, but I ended up neglecting it because I was having too much fun, and I ended up watching movies on the plane instead. I only managed to finish it when I got back so I apologise for the long delay.
The story centres around R, a zombie in a post apocalyptic world going about his day. He grunts and moans and years for human brains like any other zombie and he does his best to get through with what he has left. Humans haven’t been completely wiped out and there are a few groups of them living around the world trying to fix it and rebuild new communities. One fateful day, however, R runs into a human, Julie, and he starts to feels things inside him that he thought were long dead.
The character of R is so fascinating. Since he is a zombie, he has a very different view in life since he knows that he has nothing to lose. He is a very likeable character, easy going and determined to get things done. After he eats the brain of a man named Perry he starts to see things that make him view the world differently. He’s emotions get heightened and he starts to think things more thoroughly and the gradual change that R goes through is great to read as you see his humanity start to shine through.
Julie’s character was also very solid. I was worried that she might end up being the damsel in distress character and be very annoying and disruptive but she turned out to be just as determined as R, if not more. She is a very strong minded character, she knows what she wants and she fights for it. She had to learn to adapt to her new situation when she meets R and it was great to see her work and fight for what she believes in. She sort of represented the last hope that humanity has and she was the one really fighting for a better world. Their chemistry together was also quite strong on the page, even though early on they didn’t have much dialogue together. The nice little smirks and looks that they share with each other really highlight the playful and curious nature of R and the feminine side of Julie.
I loved the dual narrative between R and Perry. It took me a while to get used to it as it was constantly changing between R and Perry without much notice. I found myself re-reading a few chapters again just to figure out who was talking and try to make sense of the situation. After a while though, you start to notice the subtle differences in their voice and situations and the contrast between them really highlights not only their characters, but also their lives and the different worlds that they both lived in. The story is very character driven, giving us many flashback chapters that go into their backstory.
The book really explores the themes of life and death, hope and hopelessness and idea that things can change and R is the perfect character that embodies all of these themes. He is a zombie fighting for life, fighting for a brighter future, not only for himself, but for Julie, his other zombie friends and the last of the human race. He welcomes the changes that are happening to him and uses them to fuel his determination. The chapters seen through Perry’s eyes also give us a look into a world where there was hope, a future, and these images are just another thing that give R strength.
Analeigh Tipton @ Warm Bodies